Behind the scenes

December 9, 2021

Tall models

Body height plays an important role in our society. Smaller people are often not taken seriously. I know that from experience, because I'm pretty small. I can handle it well because I know what I can do and I don't mind that my wife is two inches taller than me.

But for women unfortunately, size is a problem. I'm not talking about one or two inches more height, but about women who are 5'9" (~ 180cm) or taller. Unfortunately, it is still the case in society that these girls are being teased as children and usually are not as self-confident as their size would suggest.

The old cliché that a man has to be taller than his wife is also carried on from generation to generation. I guess there aren't many couples where the woman is taller.

What does all of this have to do with photography, you might ask. The answer is simple: almost always when I work with large models, I find that their posture does not match their height! The shoulders hang forward and the way of walking is more bent. Overall, in the spine the body is rather round.

But I would like to portray a strong, proud woman. With shoulders back and chest out. Confident and proud to be tall. This is what looks best in the photo and the viewer wants to admire and worship the height.

It continues with the shoes. The taller a woman is, the more likely she is too shy to wear high heels. It's not about walking in those. That's harmful anyway.

I'm only talking about posing in heels for photos. Large models often bring heels of only one inch (~2.5cm). These are shoes that are definitely okay for the office. But not for photos.

I definitely don't want to be misunderstood. I'm not badassing tall women. On the contrary! I call for big girls to be encouraged from childhood on and to teach them that they should be proud of being tall. You don't have to hide, you don't have to duck into the group of smaller women. Please be proud, tall and show yourself that way.

Body size is not a shortcoming! It's genetics. Please, treat everyone equally, no matter whether small or tall!

 

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