I was 5 ft 11 by the time I was 15.
I know what it’s like to have a rough time in middle school. I would constantly pop in my hip to lower myself and fit in with everybody else. People constantly asked me questions relating to my height, such as, "So, how tall are your parents?" "Do you think you’ll ever find someone taller than you?" and "Do you play basketball?" You name it, and I’ve heard it. I’m 6 ft 1 now, and while the comments never make me feel insecure anymore, they are inescapably irritating.
So, I decided to finally use my height to my advantage. I charged into the modeling industry full force and have the stories (and battle wounds) to prove it. I am happy with my height, I’m happy with who I am, and I’m happy to accept that I am different. Being different is refreshing, but it hasn’t always been that way for me.
Every girl has insecurities about her body in some form or another. It definitely doesn’t help that models in the fashion industry are portrayed as perfect and flawless. It is understandable how girls feel the need to look exactly like the photos they see in magazines.
It's important, though, that you know that as a model, I don't even look exactly like my photos! If I was a young girl and heard a model open up about her insecurities, it would inspire me to be more confident. So, that's why I am giving you my perspective. I want to empower young women to become confident in themselves. I want you to realize that it is who you are that is beautiful.
I wish that I could go back in time to tell my 15-year-old self what I’ve learned in my journey from insecurity to confidence. Since I can’t, I'm sharing the following five things I wish I had known with you: