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‘Meet Your Tall Sisters’ Maria Taylor

 

Welcome to another lovely Sunday!

A adore the magic of social media. Suggested followers on Instagram namely, because that is how I first came across the lovely Maria. Her striking looks caught my attention so it was only natural to be intrigued and I wanted to learn more. What I learned about our 6 ft 2 tall sister can only be described as impressive. Lets Meet our Tall Sister!

What is your full name?

Maria Taylor

How tall are you?

6’2

Please tell us what your current occupation is and your journey leading up to it.

I am an anchor, reporter, and analyst for ESPN and SEC Network.

Has your height influenced your career? Please share how.

I have always identified as a tall girl and growing up you often have to answer questions about your height and whether or not you play sports and I believe constantly being engaged by strangers has helped me to become extraordinarily comfortable speaking to large groups and know how to express myself verbally.

Charlotte, N.C. - August 14, 2014 - Charlotte Production Facility: Brent Musburger (l), Dari Nowkhah and Maria Taylor during the SEC Network launch.(Photo by Travis Bell / ESPN Images)
Charlotte, N.C. – August 14, 2014 – Charlotte Production Facility: Brent Musburger (l), Dari Nowkhah and Maria Taylor during the SEC Network launch.(Photo by Travis Bell / ESPN Images)

Have you ever struggled accepting your height?

Absolutely. When I was in middle school and during my early years of high school I struggled with being different. All you want to do as a kid is blend in and be accepted. Instead, I stood out and was taller than all of my friends and most of the guys that were around me. Some guys called me the jolly green giant and at times I just wanted to curl up in a ball and hide but that is tough when you tower over everyone. After I became taller than my mom who is 5’8 I felt as though I know longer had a female role model to look up to. It was like my definition of beauty and what is normal was my mother and once I towered over her I no longer belonged. But I remember my mom giving me an Oprah magazine article about a guy who was like 6’7 and it chronicled his struggles with being so tall and how he came to accept himself. I taped that article to my wall and I still remember that it was called “How is the weather up there”. And it helped me get through some of the insecurities. Sports also played a major role because I found out that I was not the only tall girl in the world after I started traveling when playing volleyball and basketball. Then I met girls that were as tall as 6’5; we all became very good friends that shared some of the same growing pains.

“I would like my tall sisters to know that every single one of them is unique so do not be ashamed by your height. – Maria Taylor”

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Do you have any advise for our fellow Tall Sisters?

My advice is to embrace your height because it is a beautiful blessing! I now know that if I was not 6’2 I may not have been able to play Division 1 volleyball and basketball and I probably would not have had the passion and love for sports that I do now. The one thing that I felt was ruining my life when I was in middle school is now the characteristic that makes me unique and confident. I would also say that it is important to meet some tall sisters! It is crazy but a lot of my close friends are tall and it is fun to just have a night out wearing heels and not caring about how tall we are.

What are some of the most memorable experiences you have had while working for ESPN?

There are so many things that happen when you get to travel the nation and cover sporting events. Some of my favorite moments include working the sidelines for the Rose Bowl, meeting and interviewing Shaq, covering one of the greatest rivalries in all of college football The Iron Bowl (Auburn vs. Alabama), having the opportunity to cover the Missouri football strike, working a college volleyball national championship, launching a brand new ESPN network (SEC Network) and working with the legendary sports broadcaster Brent Musburger.

“You are statuesque and as a result you garner immediate respect and have the ability to command a room. Take advantage of that! – Maria Taylor”

Charlotte, NC - October 22, 2015 - ESPN Charlotte Production Facility: Maria Taylor and coach Dawn Staley of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks during the 2015 SEC Women's College Basketball Media Day (Photo by Travis Bell / ESPN Images)
Charlotte, NC – October 22, 2015 – ESPN Charlotte Production Facility: Maria Taylor and coach Dawn Staley of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks during the 2015 SEC Women’s College Basketball Media Day
(Photo by Travis Bell / ESPN Images)

Please give us a glimpse of what life is like as a Report/Analyst. What does a typical day look like for you?

My life is constantly on the go. During the fall I usually travel on Tuesday and work a college volleyball game on Wednesday before arriving at the campus of that weeks football game. Thursday I go to football practices, Friday our broadcast crew meets with coaches and Saturday I work the sidelines of the football game. I usually find out on Sunday what game I will have the following week. This past season I worked 15 football games and I had a volleyball match every other week from September to December. I also anchor a nightly show on SEC Network and during the fall that happens about 2 times a week. During the spring and summer I mostly anchor studio shows for basketball, baseball, softball. Occasionally I also work sidelines for basketball games. I also feature report on a few stories per year, which allows me to tell long form stories involving athletes and coaches.

In a perfect world, where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

5 years from now I see myself getting more into the news space. I would like to report on more universal stories and not just focus on sports. I also have a desire to co-host a daily morning show one day.

Charlotte, NC - May 4, 2015 - Charlotte Production Facility: Portrait of Maria Taylor (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)
Charlotte, NC – May 4, 2015 – Charlotte Production Facility: Portrait of Maria Taylor
(Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Is there anything else you would like to share with your Tall Sisters?

I would like my tall sisters to know that every single one of them is unique so do not be ashamed by your height. You are statuesque and as a result you garner immediate respect and have the ability to command a room. Take advantage of that! Do not let your height make you become shy or look for ways to blend in. I say that you should go out and embrace it. Rock the heels you want to rock, wear the look that you think only works on petite women and leave every person you come in contact with wondering “She is unforgettable!”

THANK YOU Maria for taking the time to share your incredible story with your Tall Sisters around the globe!

Stay in touch with all Maria’s adventures on her Website, and make sure to follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Xoxo

bree

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