What defines YOU?

Hey gorgeous Leggy Lovelies,

Over the next few days there will be some brand new fashion posts landing on All the Tall things, so keep your eyes firmly fixed on the blog and Facebook page. Today though, I want to head off-piste slightly and instead share the thoughts of a petite Texan lady called Lizzie Velasquez.

How many of us, when asked to describe ourselves in 3 words, choose the word “Tall” first? Has being tall defined who you are today? Of course it has to some degree. There will have been times when it’s affected you emotionally, physically, financially, romantically. You’ll have earned the label of “the tall one”, and it will probably be the half-brained observation that everybody communicates upon meeting you.

But while the comments (or in some particularly bad cases, unrelenting bullying) may play a part in your behaviour today, “being tall” is not the thing that full-on defines YOU. All too often — particularly if you’re in the upper echelons of the tall world — you can feel like it does.

Lizzie Velasquez has never weighed over 64lbs due to a rare, undiagnosed genetic disorder. She’s been labelled “The World’s Ugliest Woman”, been mercilessly bullied at school and become the target of an online hate campaign because of her appearance. But she refuses to define herself in accordance with other people’s shallow and malicious observations.

I wanted to share this video; not because I feel like we’ve faced a millionth of what Lizzie has, but because this is a woman who knows what defines her and OWNS it.

So in 2014, by all means, celebrate your height. Explore the negative experiences you’ve been through and spin them into a force for motivation. But get out into the world and find out what it is that really defines YOU.

L x

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3 Responses to What defines YOU?

  1. I’ve read about Lizzie – she’s an amazing girl – a great example of someone who has risen above the cruel idiots that hide behind their online avatars. So I’m picking a different adjective to describe me (than tall)… Happy!

    x

  2. Thanks for sharing this Laura. Very thought provoking and inspirational

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