Birthday: October 7th, 1990
Hello! My name is Amanda, and I am a 19-year-old Amazon from New Jersey. Currently 6'3", I've been freakishly tall my whole life. My parents are both an average 6'0" (well, they're average in my opinion anyway). And my brother just reached 6'5"- so I fit in with my immediate family. This is comforting to have so many people who understand how height affects my life. However, since my extended family is southern Italian and Russian, the height ends with my brother and parents. Some major height milestones include reaching 5'2" in the second grade, 5'10" in the sixth, and 6'2" by the time I was 13.
I have millions of stories from my childhood that resulted from my height. For example, I had to fight for children's movie tickets at 9, teachers thought I was in the wrong class, and I haven't been able to buy a pair of pants from a store since I was about 10. Sure, extreme height results in obstacles socially. But the point is to love that uniqueness. Of course, sometimes a comment or stare from some random person puts me in a bad mood, but doesn't that happen to everyone? I'm just happy that this early in my life I'm making a personal effort to get past appearance and respect what I have.
In the realm of dating, I am a little inexperienced and have never been on a date. However, I know plenty of girls who are 5'5", 5'3", etc. who have never been asked out either. I know that one day I'll find a guy who likes me for who I am, and that comforts me in the most boy-obsessed time in my life! Haha. I would love to date someone at least 6'1", and I know I need to work on my self-confidence so that I don't end up turning a great guy away simply because he's shorter than me.
I always like to talk about height with people, too, because sometimes just knowing that someone feels that same awkwardness or insecurity can cure even the worst day. And trust me, there will always be a reminder that you're tall. I hit my head all the time, I walk into shoe stores only to realize they don't carry my size, I try on jackets that magically have 3/4 sleeves when I put them on, etc. But at the end of the day, height is one of the only things we CANNOT change. So I dress the way I want, I study hard to be the smartest person in the class, and I try to tell myself I'm beautiful every day. I change the things that can be changed and try not to worry about those I can't affect. No matter what, I'm 6'3". But that height has granted more perks than obstacles: I can reach high shelves, I can wear brights colors, funky prints, and big jewelry that short women can't pull off, and I'm the one people notice and remember at a party or social event. At the end of the day, I can't imagine being short. My mom used to always tell me, "People always want to be taller, never shorter." And it's true! So enjoy your height, dress up as an Amazon for Halloween, and work it! Why have height that makes you so memorable and noticeable if you're just going to be shy and insecure?