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Phoebe Waller Fashion & Beauty

According to much of Western society, it's largely unnecessary for tall girls to wear heels. Such thinking, I hope, is obviously ludicrous this day and age. But to put a spotlight on the alleged "rule," I wanted to share some creepy things people say to tall women who wear heels.

At about 5'8", I’m by no means the tallest gal in the world. But when I wear heels, I’m usually teetering on the six-foot mark. Of course, not everyone loves wearing high heels — some even feel oppressed by them — and that's totally understandable. Personally, however, I love rocking a gorgeous pair of stilettos on special occasions, ladies’ nights, or evenings out on the town. When I wear a good pair of pumps, I feel glamorous, fancy, and powerful. I just don't love the commentary that comes with it.

Wearing heels as a tall woman takes some nerve. You're smashing the made-up fashion “rule” that tall women shouldn’t wear heels, in an effort to shrink themselves and appear more dainty and ~ladylike~ in comparison to their "necessary" larger partners. You're also drawing even more attention to youself by (literally) standing out from the crowd. Sadly, this translates to a lot of creepy commentary from folks who think it weird or cringingly bold to wear heels as a tall woman. Here are some of those creepy remarks.

1. "I'd kill for your legs."

Depending on the look in the eye of the person who says this, I sometimes feel a little unnerved and imagine myself in a dilapidated bathroom (picture the movie Saw), waking up to find someone waving my roughly-amputated legs around like Barbie doll parts. It's supposed to be a compliment, but I can't help but feel a little unnerved.

2. "It must be difficult to find a partner."

There are a few implications here: If you're single, you'll find it difficult to find a partner because "men only like small girls." If you're taken, there must be something "wrong" with your S.O. for wanting to be with someone who's potentially larger than them.

The person saying this is probably a douchebag and you should calmly walk away from them before you lose your cool.

 3. "How tall is your boyfriend?"

My boyfriend is 6'4", actually, so he's still taller than me when I wear heels. But ~shockingly,~ " I would still date him if he was shorter. Regardless of your sexuality, you should never feel pressured to pair off with someone who is taller or otherwise larger than you, just because you've been conditioned to think that your role as a woman is to be as small as possible.

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