6’0 Stephanie Foster has always been one of the tallest people growing up (school, friends, sports, etc), and outside of a short moment when she was younger, she’s pretty much always loved her height. “When I was a child, my mom said she saw me kind of slouching when I got around my friends because I was so much taller than them,” Foster said. “She nipped that in the bud immediately! She told me that I needed to stand tall and be proud of my height. Instead of slouching to fit in, I needed to stand tall and stand out. Ever since that pep talk I have always loved being tall.” Stephanie founded Prissy Duck, a tall clothing company located in Columbus, Ohio back in 2014.
Prissy Duck was designed with the idea in mind that having height should not mean that you do not get to have unique, show-stopping outfits. “When you have a birthday or an event coming up, I want Prissy Duck to come to mind when thinking about your outfit. A Prissy Duck outfit helps bring out confidence and swag because you know you look good! As long as we can help tall women look and feel sexy, we have done our job.”
When asked about some of her favorite pieces, Stephanie said that there are too many to choose from, but if she HAD to choose, these would be the ones:
In 2009, WEXIST Inc. was brought to life in South Florida by Anita Pingue. From the age of 12, she recalls conversing with her father about how he thought she would one day start her own clothing line, and here she is! He fed her inspiration by getting her a sketch book with colored pencils, where she designed her clothing line that she called “ALS for Tall Kids”. “I grew up in NYC and I wanted to dress fly and wear the hottest clothes that were in the store window. I would walk in the store and ask for the outfit on the mannequin. The outcome would always be the same, nothing to fit my long limbs! I wanted to wear popular brands like Baby Phat and Rocawear but they weren’t made for tall girls. As I got older it was clear there was a lack of clothing options for tall girls and I needed to follow through with my dream.”
“When I think back on it, I’ve always accepted my height because I didn’t know anything else. I just wanted to fit in with my peers. However, my peers, adults and even my parents struggled with me being tall. I was 6ft tall by the age of 11 and wearing a size 11 shoe. My parents had to deal with people thinking I was older and finding me clothes to wear. Adults would make comments about my height and my peers would tease me.” The fact that she experienced these struggles first hand, told Anita that she needed to do what she could to make things easier on tall women everywhere who had the same desires and style that she did, and struggled the same way she did as well.
Some of Anita’s FAVORITE pieces include: