At 5’2″ and 1/4… I think I qualify as PETITE! When people ask me how tall I am, I emphasize that I am 5’2 PLUS 1/4″ because let’s face it, I need every bit of height I can get! In the 1970’s I took advantage of wedge-style shoes – you know, the ones with stacked soles that make you feel like a giant without making your feet feel too bad? And back then they were natural colored leather – ah, I loved those. We carried the natural leather bags that matched – it was like we were flower children, embracing all things natural.
I wanted to be just like Farrah… but as the years went by, I learned to love and appreciate Linda. Did you know the minimum height to do modeling in the 1970’s was 5’7″??? I’m not sure why I remember that, other than I remember thinking, “Well, there went that career opportunity down the tubes!”
I had a pair that look like “C” – with the flower cutout design.
Let’s face it… a person with short legs has a very difficult time wearing bell-bottom jeans! There’s just not enough length there to begin with! Women with legs that never end can wear anything… but for a short gal, I think I nailed it. But… I so wanted to look like Farrah… I loved her name, her hair, the fact that she had legs… and who didn’t??? She was beautiful!!!Farrah never had to wear heels for height – she was just so pretty.Yes, the clutch bag brings back a memory or two as well.
I rocked “short” even as a youngster. I did an essay in school called “Does a Person’s Height Make Them More Successful?” Sadly, the answer is yes. The taller a person is, the more respected they are and the further ahead they get. So, short people have a hurdle to jump (no pun intended) – tall people jump hurdles easier too. We get overlooked (again, no pun intended) until we speak – and if we don’t speak up, we will not be heard. When I speak – it has to be loud so that people will look down and notice me. It’s true.
There was a popular song back in the 1970’s that made me crazy. It was called SHORT PEOPLE. Ugh… ok – here it is: wake me up when it’s over.
Now that I’m older and the fashions have gotten more kind to all body types, I don’t feel so bad about being short. That’s why today I am celebrating Petite and Proud Day! I may as well embrace my petite, because it’s not likely to change anytime soon, ya know???
I believe it has less to do with stature and physical traits – and more to do with personality, positive attitude, charisma and the traits that come from deep down inside your soul. Get to know a short person from the inside out… it will bless your day! 🙂