I am Kellee, born in New York and raised in Harlem, Los Angeles, and mainly New Jersey. People always ask me if I have a favorite coast and I always say they each have their pros and cons. I have the laid-back personality of the west but the wit and hustling mentality of the east. My passion in life is media. Television, movies, music are all fields I can talk about all day every day without hesitation, especially music. As an avid concertgoer and a heavy Spotify user, music is everything to me.
To be honest with you, I don’t have a difficult story about how I came to love my 6’2” frame. I’ve always been the tallest in my class, I’ve been involved with basketball, and I’m used to being the tallest woman at my job and never once have I complained about any of it. Being tall is beautiful and being a part of a society where it’s somewhat rare to find a tall woman is fascinating to me.
Ever since I was a little girl, my mother gave me the confidence to accept myself in every way possible. With my father being 6’7” and my mom close to 6’, I was pretty much destined to be their tall kid. They even had my doctor see how tall I would be when I would reach my maximum height, and he said I’d be between 6’1” and 6’3”. Well, look at that! I’m literally right in between at 6’2”. As I grew up through grade school, I was always the tallest amongst both girls and boys. Did I care? No. There were guys I liked in class that were shorter than me, but as cliché as it sounds, I really only cared if they were cool and made me laugh. Then again, I didn’t have my first boyfriend until I was a junior in high school, but I have no idea if that was because of my height or just because I was a little weird. Probably the latter.
I remember when I was in high school and I played against a girl who was also above 6’ and all I kept thinking about is that I wanted to be her friend. I wanted to get to know the girl who was just like me and going through the same physical growing pains that I went through. Being around tall women is such a fulfilling and safe experience and I knew that from such a young age.
The only con I can gather from being tall are the constant comments that I get on a seemingly consistent basis. “Do you play basketball?” “Are you a model?” “DANG, you’re tall!” are some of the few comments I receive. Most of the time I’ll answer these questions with a smile or I’ll tell a little white lie about NOT playing basketball. I’ll say that I play tennis instead or that I just don’t play sports at all. Totally understand that I am not of the norm and average height of most, but I wish some of those people that asked those random questions realize they are not the only ones asking them. Even though it’s a con, however, it’s a very small one to have these questions asked regularly. It could be a lot worse, and really, as I mentioned earlier, I just answer the questions with a smile and go about my day. Most of the time, people don’t mean harm by their tall comments or questions.
Embracing my height at such a young age taught me that not everyone is the same. We all have different heights, shapes, eyes, hair, etc. We’re all from different backgrounds. It’s amazing looking out into the world and knowing that we are different in every way and it’s beautiful. Embrace who you are. Embrace your long limbs and tall stature. Not a day goes by where someone passes me to say they love my height and wish to steal a couple inches. There is not a thought in my mind that I would trade my height with anyone else. I’m an amazon standing above the rest, and quite frankly, I’m loving the view up here.
To be a part of The Tall Society team is to be a part of something that empowers women to embrace who they are, to love their long limbs, and to contribute to positivity. I’m very excited to be amongst strong, beautiful, awesome women and I only hope to bring more positivity and love to The Tall Society. And I’m excited to share my experience with you all about my day-to-day life as a tall woman with posts about big hair, music, and more.
Looking forward to this new journey!
Kellee is sporting TTS Merch!
Photo Credit: Denisse Benitez Photography