I’ve always been petite. Right now, I stand a whopping 4’10”. Growing up, I was always the shortest one in my class. One year, I stood on my tippy toes during our class photo so I could be moved to the second row, but I got a cramp right as the shutter clicked. Needless to say, I’m not in the picture.
Looking so young was frustrating to me because my mind was always older than I looked, and I wanted to scream when people treated me like a child! I also wear a size 2 children’s shoe, and finding shoes that have a heel can be a challenge. Finding a shoe that didn’t light up when I walked or have a Smurf logo on the side was difficult too. When I found a store called Cinderella Shoes, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Racks and racks of heels in my size! I was so thrilled that I thought my prince would pop out of one of the doors in the store!
The one problem is that the height of the heel has to be proportional to the length of your foot. So, the shorter the foot, the shorter the heel should be if you want to walk with any grace at all. At first, I got heels that were too high, and people were beginning to think I was drunk! That wasn’t the image I wanted to convey; I had no desire to be Snooki from “The Jersey Shore.”
By my early twenties, it was apparent that I wasn’t going to get any taller. My mom is only 5 feet tall, so kidney failure at a young age coupled with her genes meant that I really didn’t have a chance. I decided that it was time to work with what I had.
Here are a few tips to help you look taller: manage your weight, stand up straight, get the right hairstyle, see that your clothes are coordinated, and, of course, wear a heel that’s comfortable to walk in. Remember, too, that being petite can work for you as well as against you. When I was 21, I went skiing and the guy at the counter handed me a child’s lift ticket, so I saved a few bucks. However, it’s not so helpful when you’re on a date and they hand you the children’s menu.