One of the nice things about attending convention and weekends is talking with all the other tall ladies about what it's like to date as a taller female.
Boy, do our stories ensue.
There is nothing like sitting with a glass of wine, at afterhours and joking with the ladies about dating. I have heard so many things, like wow, how's the weather... some comments that will remain... unmentioned because they are so rude.. but hearing that I am intimidating is probably one of the most frequent comments. I find that interesting, particularly because I haven't opened my mouth to speak yet! Wait until they find out how smart I am. Wink wink.
But I digress. I think everyone has their challenges in life dating, but being tall adds a whole other level of interesting.
The big take away for me, especially as I've grow as a person, not growing up tall, was that I need to embrace who I am, fully and completely. That isn't easy to do when you have something that makes you noticeably different.
Then there's the clothes and shoes. I'm a bit of a girlie girl. I love wearing pretty dresses and lip gloss and heels... I think it's the opposite of my hiking attire that I love to wear as well. Anyway! Finding clothes and shoes that fit properly is always a bit of a challenge. In recent years I've moved more to leggins and tall socks. Stretchy clothes are great, and if the leggings are too short, I just pull up the socks. Then I'll wear a longer tunic or even a dress to get the funky look I like.
Also, dresses are great too. It's easier than pants I find, because you don't run into the 'pants too short' issue with jeans etc. Plus, wearing a dress makes me feel great and look good on a date!
But high heels. This is a tough one. I always joke that at 5'11", I'm one of the shorter ladies. Most of the ladies in the club are well into the 6 foot range, and the guys are 6'6" and higher. With the club I get to break out all my sparkly heels... not so much in my regular life, where all my friends seem to be 5'2"!
Me in particular, I'm happy to date someone that is taller or shorter than me. My experience dating has been that guys like to date someone that is shorter than them... most guys anyway. So that can make it tough sometimes. But fun!
I think one of the reasons I ran in the pageant this past year was so I could get better at being me, embracing the tall, 'intimidating', and big personality that I run with in my life. I am a singer who lives her life 'out there' after all :)
Find out more about me and my tall amazing life at
Do you know a tall teen? Of course you do, most everyone does..... If you know a tall teenager looking to attend college or university, please send them to:
To find out more about our scholarship program. The TCI foundation is run by the lovely Carolyn Goldstein from Texas. I'm a Canadian who has had the good fortune to visit Texas. I love that state. But I digress, Carolyn as the Chairman of the Foundation, works with the national and regional tall clubs to generate funds for the foundation.
If you attend a Tall.org event, there are silent auctions, live auctions and other opportunities for people to donate items for auction. The we all bid or just donate in order to generate funds for the Foundation.
You'll notice on the TCI foundation page that there are certain requirements in order to apply for a scholarship. Yes, I was once a teenager and no, it's probably not alot of fun to go through the process, but it's great experience for when you grow up and there is a possibility to get some college money at the end!
I've been fortunate enough to grade? rate? some of the applications. Surprisingly, I LOVE looking at all the applications. Sometimes it's really tough to choose. I think the applications that stick out most to me are the ones where the teen's personality really shines through. What makes you different... and interesting? that's the thing we're all trying to discover about ourselves right?
Please take a moment to share this post with any tall teen's you know.. :)
Miss TI 2017 Lindsay May
Tall Clubs International™ (TCI) is a social organization for tall adults! Our stated purpose is “to promote tall awareness among tall men and women, and in the community." With dozens of member clubs and over 1,000 members across the U.S. and Canada, we are truly an international not-for-profit organization.
Every year Tall Clubs International™ engages in social activities of mutual interest, travel for gatherings of members from several TCI clubs, a convention to conduct the business of the Corporation (with representatives of all clubs) and the selection a new Miss Tall International®, the official public representative and goodwill ambassador for TCI.