Life As A Very Short Girl

I’m short. Really short. I’m 23-years-old, and I’m only 5 feet tall. I might not be the shortest girl in the world, but let’s just say that I have met an uncomfortable amount of kindergarteners who are actually taller than me. Now, when you first meet me, you might feel compelled to tell me how short I am (i.e., “Wow, you’re really short.”). But really, there’s no need for that. I kind of already know — I do own a mirror.

I grew up in a tiny family. I don’t mean weirdly tiny, we’re just all petite — parents, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents included. I never knew it wasn’t completely normal until I started getting old enough for kids at school to start picking on me for it. I’m pretty sure I was always the tiniest kid in my class: constantly at the front of the line when we were in height order, always squirming in my seat to see the board or the movie better, and always being patted on the head and being told how cute and little I was.

When I was younger, I hated being short. I went through middle school and the first few years of high school literally praying every night for God to make me grow just a few inches taller. I stared at the taller girls with envy. They didn’t get easily mixed up with a crowd of first-graders and they definitely never had trouble playing basketball in gym. I used to feel like a freak, like I would forever be defined as “the short girl”.

It took a while, but I finally learned to love being short. If I’m being honest, yes, I would like at least 2 inches added to my height (is that really so much to ask, God?!), but I’m pretty happy with my tiny stature. Still, there are definitely some things that are a little annoying about being the short girl.

For one thing, heels are a must. Now, don’t get me wrong — I love me a good pair of heels (show me a girl who doesn’t), but sometimes those things can freakin’ hurt. And if you’re not vertically challenged, you have no idea how difficult it is to shop for a pair of jeans. I have to search for petites everywhere, but in most stores, even those are too long on me. I have to get almost all of my denim hemmed, which costs extra money and extra time. Plus, most dresses and skirts are destined to be too long on me as well.

I’m also constantly being mistaken for being younger than I am because besides my height, I also have a baby face. Yes, I know, this will be great when I’m older. But when I was 19-years-old, trying to sneak into bars with my fake ID that all my friends easily got into, it wasn’t great. And when I’m out and a stranger I’m talking to asks what grade or year I’m in in school (I graduated college almost three years ago), it’s not that great either.

But the thing that annoys me the most? Being told by almost everyone I know how short I am. I don’t really mind when my friends or family comment on my height, but when complete strangers feel like it’s necessary to announce how short I am, it’s just plain rude. Oh, and please don’t rest your elbow on my shoulder because I’m “the perfect height,” or pat me on the head and tell me how little and cute I am unless you’d like me to dislike you forever.

Despite the annoyances, being short really isn’t that bad. Okay, so I always have to have someone reach for the things on the higher shelves for me, and I just can’t seem to pull off the maxi-skirt trend right now (no idea how the Olsen twins do it). But I kind of like being little. I can squeeze through crowds really easily, I can still fit in some kids clothes (hello, cheaper prices!) and I never have to worry about being taller than my date. All in all, it’s pretty much a win-win.

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    1. The Real Shawty says:

      I agree! I'm short too, and it really isn't a problem. i just get pissed that all people think of me is the cute little sister type and they all want to comment on my height. It's not funny, whatever joke you make I swear that i've heard it before and it's still not funny. I'm bothered by the short reaction, not by the actual part of being short.

    2. Kate says:

      I'm not short (I'm 5'5'', so about average) and I STILL have to hem a lot of my petite jeans and pants (I have shorter legs and a long torso), and I agree that it's very annoying.

    3. Nicole says:

      Talk to me when you're 6 foot and the same thing happens, but there's nothing I can do about it, unlike shorter girls who can add on heels- and don't even get me started on dating..
      If I see another 5'0 girl with a man well over 6'3, I'll scream.

      1. Dawn says:

        As a 6"2 girl, all I can say to this comment is AMEN!

    4. zanky says:

      thankfully, i am an average height for a guy (5'10) however, if you short girls think it can be tough, try to imagine for a moment what it must be like for a short guy!
      although guys who go after women for physical traits are considered shallow and superficial, a woman who won't date a guy shorter than her or even a couple inches taller than her is simply considered selective or practical. the only way a short guy can get a woman is if she is REALLY short like well under 5 feet tall or if he happens to be quite rich (but she likes him for his ambition lol)
      I'm sure it is probably tough at times but the guys have it much harder. i can't count the number of times i have heard women make fun of short guys.
      women who are only 5 feet tall aren't so short that a guy wouldn't consider dating them but, a guy being that short realistically has no shot at all.
      anyways- just thought i would chime in that it isn't as bad as you ladies might think.- you could have been born as a short guy.

    5. abby says:

      amen girl! amen. I am also 23 and 5'0. I feel like you just looked into my soul… lol. ugh I go through this every day of my life!

      1. Jennifer says:

        I'm only 5'2 so I know the feeling! People still think I'm only 16 but I'm 20. Shopping for jeans is a pain most definitely

      2. mystic329 says:

        Exactly! I'm prepared to go through life as the short girl who looks 3 years younger than she actually is…

    6. julie says:

      as a 5'11 girl who constantly prayed she would stop growing i can sympathize. its funny because my best friend is 5 feet tall we look crazy next to each other but fuck it. i love my height after 18 years of hating it!

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    8. TinyTownie says:

      I accidentally found this web site today and wanted to tell you how adorable I think you are. At 5 foot Zero and old enough to be your Mom, you've heard it before but I'll say it again, for sure, you'll grow into loving looking young. But you know what's really great about being a little woman. We can say "fuck you" and it somehow never really sounds quite so harsh, so I use it as often as I can to idiots, and you should too!

    9. Shiari says:

      I'm 5'2'' and agree completely i absolutely HATE IT when people try to rest on me -__- I've grown to love and appreciate my height though!

    10. Jeanie says:

      My entire family is short. Except for me and my dad. It’s not very fun being on the other side of the spectrum. I’m only 5’7 and yet I have my sister and cousin tell me “You’re so tall!” “You’re such a giant!” Thanks guys, but if you don’t stop saying that I’m going to start commenting on how short you are.

    11. Ally says:

      Im as short as you are an di get it I hate when people asks me how is junior high going when im a senior already…. i gotta fix my prom dress. But i just learned to take everysingle chance of it if i need help to reach something i flirt with a guy to make it happen try it, they fall so easily for it ;). but if im between freind i just laugh at myself….I understand that being baby face too hahhaha im pretty much that too but i just learned to love being short when peopl,e point to the obvios saying omg you are so small i always answer with like a omfg no way! i might have missed that my whole life now i unerstand why roller coaster never were made for me. I love being short is amazing to cuddle with your guy <3 friends think that huggs are so much cuter an

    12. Debbie says:

      I am 24 and 4'10. At least you made it to 5 feet! I know exactly what you are feeling. Its great to have the advantages of being short, like squeezing through crowds, but the disadvantages far outweigh the advantages. Not being able to reach things is the worst.. especially when I am shopping and need to ask a fellow customer to get something down for me. I own three step stools for each area of my apt. I also love heels but find them insanely uncomfortable at times. And I hate people asking me how short I am. However, the absolute worst thing about being short, is being in a bar and not being able to talk to people because the conversation is higher than you are…or being in a large crowd and not being able to breath because you are face to face with people's backs or chests. Being short sucks!

    13. Ashley says:

      I’m 5’1 and my dream height is 5’3! But I’ve learned to love being short, even though people assume I’m a freshman in high school because I have a young face too. I know it’ll probably get better though. And fitting into kids jeans helps with them being too long ;)

    14. Natalie says:

      I am 22 and I am 4'10. And I am very thin. I'm so glad to have read this article! It is ridiculous how often people feel the need to comment on how short I am. The other day I was at work and I had a man seriously ask me if I was in kindergarden, because his grandson was taller than me. Do people think that's funny? Because I don't! But I totally understand where you are coming from. I have get all of my pants hemmed :P But I guess sometimes it's okay being shorter..

    15. Ruth says:

      I’m 5 foot too, I also look young I’m 19 but was recently asked for ID to buy a 12 rated DVD. Waited 10 minutes at a pub whilst the bartender checked my ID because he didn’t believe I could possible be 18. Have not grown at all since I was in Year 8, regularly been asked which of my friends is my big sister. Hate it, Hate it, Hate it! I’m not asking to be tall just normal height so I don’t have to turn up all my trousers and jeans.

    16. Shortee says:

      I know exactly what you mean. As a toddler, I was average size, which was perfect for me. But, as the years went by, I started to worry because I was pretty sure that I was not growing at a normal rate. I felt so short and small. Yet, my family and friends kept commenting on how tall I was. In the water, I could walk to the deep end, but my friends’ feet had already lifted off the ground, and that reassured me. But, still, a lot of my classmates were much taller than me. I couldn’t help but feel small. I never need my pants hemmed, and all my clothes fitted well, and I was a lot taller than my mother, grandma, sister, past teacher and friends, but I still really think something could be really wrong because I am so short compared to my dad and most of my past classmates. I am not short enough to be a dwarf or have any medical complications, but I am not tall enough to be normal size, and that really worries me. I have still not accepted my size and I don’t think I ever will be contented until I grow.

    17. Rob says:

      I think petite girls are the most beautiful :) So despite the challenges you may face, you'll always look better to me than someone identical but taller!

    18. Savon says:

      im 4'8 and 20 years old. My boyfriend like my height and hes 6'2 but I hate it.

    19. 5 foot man says:

      I'm a 5 foot man. You don't have to complain or to worry about it because being short as a girl is not an obstacle
      unlike short men who really face huge problems in this screwed society.
      You're just short but not really short.

    20. UkrainaBeauty98 says:

      I'm 12, but I'm probably going to be 4'11" when I'm old enough to drive.

    21. elle says:

      I'm 18 years old and 5'0 so I get you. I don't care about my height as long as the others don't care too. But they do care and it sucks. I already have lack self confidence because when I was 13 I moved from my country to another country and I hate new in my life, so I didn't fit in at all and at 16 I just moved back to my country and I thought everything was going to be normal again but that's when I realised how my social skills stink. I just don't seem to be interested in what teens are interested those days. Anyway, so as if it's not enough that I experienced that in my life, I'm really short so it make me wonder if maybe if I was 5'3 I would be more confident. So I'm not just the calm, shy girl, I'm also the small girl. But I'm confident that growing older and stuff it will get better.

    22. Doomedtobe12forever says:

      i'm 5 foot and been this height since i was in 4th grade. back then everyone was like, o' my you area giant! and thought i was 12 years old. now being much older then 12, that's still the age everyone thinks i am. gotta love stupid faith!

    23. Kris says:

      I'm 21 and 4'10". Its nice to read articles like this just to know that there are other girls that experience what i go through. It's very annoying to have people constantly thinking that I'm 12.

    24. Erin says:

      I do sympathize for the extremely tall women, but being 5’0″ can be just as emotionally draining. I cried in the doctor’s office when, waiting to hear if I would grow any taller, she told me that she didn’t like the size of her nose, and it was something everyone deals with. I’ve reluctantly come to terms with it, but reading something so 100% relatable is really, really refreshing! Love the article!

    25. JSchulthies says:

      I COMLETELY understand your situation. I'm still going through 100% of the things you've mentioned. Constantly being mistaken for being younger than how old I really am, and telling me that I'm short! I should've told them "I did not know that!!" Makes me so angry sometimes. I know I am not getting any taller. I am 4'11, married, and have a kid. Husband is 5'11. People think I'm my son's sister! I also have a baby face. I get a lot of "What? you have a baby?" a lot from others, but I love my family and my life! I don't care what other people think or say, it is none of their business! yay for short people! No wonder why I get a long with children really well. I am very happy to hear there are people out there like me who I can relate my situations to. Happy to know that I am not the only one.

    26. Rosaline says:

      Am 19 and 5ft tall, i hate being short nd i constantly find it difficult to find jeans that fit(always have to be hemmed), and sometimes i feel so insecure. My dream height is 5′ 6 but too badd…..didnt happen!! Anyways trying to appreciate being short.We short people should accept how we are and just stop worrying

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