I’m shorter than your average human.
It’s something which I resent and like about myself equally.
It’s also something that gets me tagged in endless ‘short girl’ memes, makes me the butt of short jokes, and transforms me into a human arm rest whenever I’m standing next to someone significantly taller than me.
So when I meet a fellow short girl, I feel an instant sense of sisterhood. I don’t even have to know them and I feel connected to them.
Take Emilia Clarke – I just know we’d be besties. Not because she’s hilarious and charismatic and seems like a genuinely good human, like me, but because she, also like me, is a short girl.
Her latest Instagram post has proved this definitively. Specifically, the shoes she is wearing in her latest post.
Those heels are weapons. Deadly weapons. And I don’t mean they heel could be used as a shiv (which they definitely could be), I mean they’re deadly for the wearer – just looking at them make me wince in familiar pain.
I owned a pair exactly like them once – I wore them to my year 12 formal. I insisted I needed them because I refused to be too much shorter than my partner. I was still shorter than him only in significantly more pain and I never wore the shoes again.
And this is how I know Emilia and I would be besties – we would bond over shared experience and the trauma of dancing in heels way too tall for our small lil’ feet.
Emilia, if you’re reading this, know I see you. I understand your pain. I appreciate your dedication. And, above all else, I think you’re awesome. Thank you for representing short girls everywhere and showing the world the everyday struggles we must endure to make us feel equal (in stature) to taller beings.