In song lyrics and on the catwalk, we're confronted with images of tall, desirable women — so it's no wonder that Twitter thought we needed a #ShortGirlAppreciation day on December 21. From Little Richard's song "Long Tall Sally" to The Hollies' "Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress" to Kate Upton, Chanel Iman, and Alessandra Ambrosio's 5 foot 10 inches of glory, it's clear that there's not as much love for short girls in popular culture. Yesterday, on Twitter, all that changed. In honor of short girls around the world, the hashtag #shortgirlappreciationday was trending like hell on the shortest day of the year.
At first, it seemed a little silly. Clearly short people aren't a minority group in need of visibility. (Unless we're in a crowd, that is…) But I digress. As a short girl teetering on the edge of average (5'3"), I can still get behind this "holiday." How many times have I had to seriously think about footwear when I go to a concert? And how many times, no matter how high my heels are, do I have to be satisfied with staring at the back of some tall girl's (or guy's) head or endure someone asking if I want to be picked up like a doll so I can see the stage? Don't even get me started on the major maneuvering that is required to take a selfie with someone who is less vertically challenged. So in solidarity with the smaller women of the world, here are a few of the best posts from #shortgirlappreciationday.