Who Says I'm Short? I'm Taller Than You Think | Pinay.com
I grew up watching and admiring beauty queens. When I was a kid, whenever I see candidates of Miss Universe walking on a stage, I couldn’t stop myself from saying, “I’ll be a beauty queen too.”
But that never happened and would never happen because I’m short.
I do agree with other people’s observation that I inherited a lot from my mom’s genes—and my height is part of my “inheritance.” My father is 5’6,” while my mother stands at 4’9”. I always knew that I’m a short and thin girl. During flag ceremonies, I used to be the first one to count “one” because I was always first in the line. During class, I always used to sit in the first row, maybe because my teachers were worried about me not seeing the writing on the board.
This kind of treatment did not change even in my college years. During my In-Company Training (ICT) in Bayan Productions Inc., there were people who were telling me, “Are you really a college student? I thought you were just a kid asked by your mother to buy vinegar and happened to be here.” I laughed but felt a bit annoyed. I wanted to tell them, “Yeah, I look small but I’m not a kid anymore. Hello! I can even travel from Bicol to Manila alone.”
When I graduated from college, I was happy. By then I stood at 5’1.” However, I found out that my height wasn’t good enough, not for job hunting. Potential employers thought I was just a kid. And though I had good credentials, many of them chose to reject me.
Society seems to be fascinated by tall women and consider them beautiful. Beauty queens and models are tall. I am no beauty queen, and I quickly learned that most companies that I liked to worked for hire women who stand at 5’4” and above like flight attendants, secretaries, and police cops. How about women who stand at 5’1” and below?
Based on the study conducted by Association of Southeast Asian Nations DNA, a Filipina’s average height is 150 centimetres. Compared to other Southeast Asian women, we are 3cm taller than Indonesian women. Filipinas are considered the second-shortest women in Southeast Asia.
So what if I am no beauty queen? It has not ruined my self confidence. I found a job that did not have a height requirement, and I used my ability, determination and knowledge to stand out in my chosen career.
I became a news writer, anchor and a reporter in a local radio station. I was an anchor with a big billowing voice and listeners were amazed every time they saw me in person. They never thought I was a short woman. Well, my size was of great advantage. During news gathering, as a reporter, I could easily get into crowded spaces and get the interview that other reporters covet to have. I was given the chance to meet and interview high-ranking officials like senators, cabinet secretaries, governors, military and police officials and known personalities.
I have since left my journalism career to conquer a more adventurous and daring journey as a freelancer. I feel tall.
To women who feel bad because they’re not tall, I suggest you open your eyes. Being short means being “cute” or “dainty.” It has its advantages. For instance, it is easy for us to look younger and wear those gorgeous dresses. Remember that being tall doesn’t matter all the time. It’s the way you think about yourself. Yes, we are short but we are beautiful and we can be successful in our own ways. Remember, there’s always a beauty queen deep within ourselves.