The Guardian had an article out this week about how life as a woman in a world built and designed for men can often range from frustrating to dangerous: These silences, these gaps, have consequences. They impact on women’s lives, every day. The impact can be relatively minor – struggling to reach a top shelf… Read More A world built for men
It’s December 21st, or the shortest day of the year here in the Northern Hemisphere. That means it’s also Short Girl Appreciation Day. Now, I personally believe that every day should be short girl appreciation day. But, rather like Left Handers’ Day (August 13th), I’ll happily take Short Girl Appreciation Day as a small step… Read More Happy Short Girl Appreciation Day
The world of fit modelling is a mystery to most people outside the industry. Today, I wanted to talk a little bit about it, and what it means for petites trying to find clothing in our size. First, what is a fit model, anyway? Designers love to showcase their clothes on glamorous, tall, thin runway… Read More Fit model proportions: Who are clothes made for?
Raise your hand if you enjoy starting your morning commute by getting thwacked in the face with a backpack. Didn’t think so. Me neither. Being petite on public transit is rarely fun. I’m shorter than most of my fellow commuters. This means that, at rush hour, I’m crammed into a crowded metro train standing roughly… Read More Hey, tall dudes: take those backpacks off in the metro
Travel is my passion. I’ve been lucky enough to have set foot in over 50 countries, and I can tell you that one of the best things about travel is that anyone can do it. Tall, short, fat, thin, young, old; it doesn’t matter as long as you’re out there in the world, exploring and… Read More 10 travel tips for petites
We short people face discrimination in virtually every walk of life, from employment to shopping to dating. But, in this era of shrinking seats, airline travel is generally assumed to be the one shining exception. Unlike tall passengers, who are crammed into tiny seats with their knees up to their elbows, we petites can luxuriate… Read More Flying while petite: Is it really an advantage?
The disappearing petites section Of all the frustrations I have with being short in a tall person’s world, clothes shopping is probably the worst one. With so many retailers getting rid of their petites sections in recent years, it’s no exaggeration to say that it’s harder than ever for us shorter women to find clothes… Read More Why being petite in Canada is so frustrating
Being Canadian in North America means constantly having your face pressed against the glass, teased with prices, products and selection that you can’t actually access. It means being a small fish in a big pond, and being aware that you’re shut out of most of the cool stuff available just south of the border. Well,… Read More Petite doesn’t mean small: The challenges of being short in Quebec
It’s no secret that Barbie, the world’s best selling doll, has long been anatomically unrealistic and way out of proportion. If she were real, she’d tip over. Well, Mattel has heard the criticism and is giving Barbie a makeover. In an attempt to take steps to address diversity, the toy company is releasing 3 new… Read More Barbie finally comes in a petite version
There’s a lot of negativity on this blog. Some of it is just because I tend to blog when I’m feeling particularly frustrated. Some of it is legitimate, due to the sometimes not-so-fun aspects of being short in a world tailored for tall people. But it’s not all bad news. There are some pretty awesome… Read More 10 things to love about being petite