"Mum never used to let me buy heels. By the time I started college I was 6 feet tall. In the first year of college, I decided to take part in a fashion show for which I had to wear heels, quite reluctantly on my part given my fear of being judged for them. I could not imagine myself wearing them. However, when I walked in public wading them, it felt as if something was set free. It was liberating.”
“As a teenager I pretty quickly understood the dynamics of society’s beauty standards. Being way taller than the girls my age, seemed like a rebellion in itself. It also changed my views on the concept of embracing femininity itself. There’s this strange custom wherein a guy is always required to be taller than the girl. If not, there came the gazes and the bullying. It influenced me at a younger age and it still does. I would feel insecure if the guy I liked or went out with was shorter than me. No matter how much I agree and try to convince myself that it’s insignificant, it somewhat still lingers behind.”
"Around the age of 14 years, I started feeling a need to blend in. Here my friends and parents played an important role. They made me realise that my height is an asset and not a curse. My parents suggested I start playing basketball, so it was a life saver during my early teens. It gave me an edge. This made me realise I could use my height to my advantage in so many ways. The acceptance of myself that I have is partly because of this sport."