peter and ITaken a few years ago (look we’re nearly the same height… when I wear 5 inch heels)…see I am tall for a Greek girl!

So at 5 foot 5 and 3/4’s ( it might be a half in reality, my 3 year old couldn’t steady his hand on the tape measure) but whatevs’,  I’m nearly Kate Moss esque 5’6″ tall (it’s just deceptive as her limbs are a little longer than mine) and you know what 5’5 1/2 is flipping T to the A to the double L for a Greek girl, let me tell you.

Yet, people imagine me to be taller in real life. Not sure by how much but taller than the towering 5’5 3/4 nearly 5’6.

I disappoint people on a regular basis when I appear smaller than the Vicki from my blog in their creative height enhancing minds*. Shit, I bet Jennifer Anniston gets this all the time poor chuck.

*I now always wear heels to blogging events.

coupleDefinitely nearly the same height when sat down.

Growing up I was known in many a circle as ‘Tall Vicki’ and not just by my 4 foot tall Grandma either. I also looked 25 at 15 so was pressured to buy Marlborough Lights by my friends from the local off licence after school (sure those bad boys stunted my 5’8″ destined height as well). Don’t smoke kids. Not even ‘faux smoking-can’t inhale really’, like I did.

Then soon enough I was a teen and the Spice Girls had come crashing into my life making platforms the shoe of choice (and pouting thanks to Posh, I did a lot of that at 16, in between faux inhaling and licking posters of Jason Priestly. Bingo, I was super, super tall. (The stretching to meet Jason’s printed mouth in Just Seventeen might have helped too).

Fast forward to today at the grand old age of 32 and I don’t think people who know me, think I’m short, in fact my fairly long body makes some regard me as average to possibly even a bit tall. Take that tape measure. Apart from my husband who at 6’2 thinks everyone’s short. Even people who are 6″1. Well just because you can see tall buildings dude, remember what a bitch it is to buy jeans. I mean I get jeans everywhere, so there, regular length too, not short, OK.

Are you short?

Hehe!

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40 Responses

  1. Fiona @ Free Range Chick

    Vicki, this made me chuckle so much! Firstly, Just Seventeen: what a blast from the past! I think my bedroom was plastered in Take That posters, not long before I ditched the teeny-bopper phase and headed straight into the grunge/metal phase (which actually stuck – I still love heavier music). But reminiscing aside, the height thing is a regular feature in our lives. I’m short. Not just for a mixed girl, but for most girls. I’m 5’0, maybe 5’1 on a tall day. Ian is just over 6’4. We look absolutely ludicrous together, and some of our wedding photos are hilarious. My nan never reached 5’0, and died somewhere around the 4’6-mark. So my mum is a little thrilled that we’ve injected a bit of height into the family by me having kids with Ian (and it worked, Fraser is right at the top of the centiles on everything – he’s massive). So there. Anyway, I can totally imagine you as Posh. I was always Scary – big curly hair and combats were my thing x

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    • honestmum

      Haha that’s hilarious, Peter is tall too and has injected height into the boys who are super tall. I have since measured myself again and Dad said I was 5’6″-his eyes aren’t great though! Love that you were Scary-we would have partied so well together x

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  2. Laura Pritchard

    Yes, I’m 5 foot exactly & come from a fairly short family. My 5 11′ brother always says he feels like Gandalf leading the Hobbits on family get-togethers! My sister is 5’3 & hates it but I’ve always liked being petite & found it’s only ever gotten me positive attention from guys 🙂 Was very odd dating my ex who was 6 3′ though as I looked like his little girl from behind!

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    • honestmum

      Ha that made me laugh-I actually measured myself recently and seem to be 5’6″ so think yoga might have stretched me, either that or my Dad who was measuring me miscalculated! x

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  3. Morgan Prince

    I’m 5’5” but most of the people I know (apart from one) are taller than me so I guess that makes me short? The hubby is constantly teasing me about being short and even BP who is 9 will soon be as tall as me! I have trouble buying trousers and jeans because I fall into the awkward leg length where regular are too long but short are too short. I also thought you were taller than that, heels – that’s the key. 🙂
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  4. Mama and More aka Zaz

    Brilliant post, I was really giggling to imagine your 4ft grandmama gazing up at you!! You are definitely larger than life Vicki, and I don’t think anyone would even notice if you were actually smaller, except maybe your 6.2hubby! I’m a petite 5,1 (when I stretch) so I know that 3/4 inch means a lot!! Thanks so much for linking this fun post up to #AllAboutYou xxx

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  5. Katy Acquaye-Tonge

    This post had me laughing out loud! Being funny and writing really well is way better than being tall or taller! Loved, loved, loved your post about your family road trips too, it reminded me of similar trips my hubby took as a child. He grew up in Madrid and his folks would drive through France to visit family in England. Can’t wait to hear about your own family road trip! Loving tuesdays #AllAboutYou

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    • honestmum

      @Katy thanks so much lovely lady, wow your husband’s trips sound amazing too! I’m loving #allaboutyou too, what an incredible linky x

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  6. Luci - Mother.Wife.Me

    For some reason the title of your post has got me with an earworm of ‘pretty fly for a white guy’ song!! I think it’s your larger than life personality that fills the room, so tall for a Greek girl or not tall for a not Greek girl, you are fabulous either way! Thanks for linking up to #AllAboutYou x

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  7. Rachael (Mushroomsmum)

    I’m 5ft8 and do appreciate my height but as a teenager I had no idea. My friends were all shorter than me so I used to slouch. A lot. Then I met a friend at uni who was 5ft10 and loved that she made me feel smaller 🙂 She was confident in her height too, which increased my confidence… We used to go out in massive heels! Since having Mushroom though, I always wear very low heels or flats. Anyway, I too thought you were taller from your photos, around 5ft7? Never been to a blogging conference so not seen you in person but will be at BritMums next June so maybe see you there?

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    • honestmum

      @Rachael ooh you are so lucky being tall and great you have the confidence to wear heels, you should! Yes hopefully will be at BM so see you there (taking heels in my bag) x
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  8. Babes about Town

    Haha great post. Well turns out you’re a tiny bit taller than me (a mere inch) although I like to think of us as ‘peers’ in height 😉 You do come across taller, funnily enough I’ve been told that by people too although I’m almost never in heels. We obviously have great presence 😉

    My man’s just under 6 foot so not too bad. I once dated a 6ft 4 guy and kissing really was a pain in the neck!

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    • honestmum

      @Babes about Town haha! Yes I am very nearly 5’6″ which isn’t small really and it’s practically mahoosive for a Greek girl! We do have great presence girlfriend! You made me laugh about kissing being a pain! x
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  9. 3yearsandhome

    You’re so funny. I’m an inch shorter than you and my husband is 6 foot 4 so there’s a big difference. Plus, at 37, I’m still rubbish at wearing heels. I need to practice!

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  10. Circus Queen

    I literally am struggling to believe that you’re only that height! We’re about the same height but when I saw you rushing around at Brit Mums last year, I thought you were really tall! And it couldn’t have just been the heels! I was always pretty tall and had big feet amongst my peers growing up in Trinidad but over here I am average and from a shopping perspective I agree with you – it is brilliant!

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    • honestmum

      @Circus Queen think because I’ve got a long torso it’s deceptive and good posture (maybe)-5’5″ 1/2 ish is not small though right!

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  11. Charly Dove

    What a fabulous couple of photos, you look amazing Vicki. I’m 5ft 7in but I do stand a lot taller when I’m in heels, I seem to slouch in flats. I was sure we were the same height at BritMums so that would so figure 🙂

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    • honestmum

      @Charly yep I was probably near 5’8″ at BM as was wearing 2 1/2 ish inch heels. Did have ballet bumps in my bag though for end of the day! You are lucky to be naturally tall x

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  12. Notmyyearoff

    I’m 5 foot nothing and mostly wear flats! You look taller in real life. I saw you whizzing around last year at Britmums and I think you were pregnant at the time. I do become 5 3″ at weddings and things though 😉

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    • honestmum

      @Notmyyearoff thanks, I don’t think I’m small at 5’5 1/2 and a bit, just funny people imagine me taller-do wear heels too although love my flats running after boys. Fab things come in small packages so 5 foot is lovely x

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  13. the40yearold

    I’m actually one of those annoying tall girls. Not that tall, around 5’7” and I really do appreciate the height. I have terrible feet and find heels quite painful, but thankfully don’t need them. I had a valuable lesson about height with my best friend at 16. We were both squashed at the front fence of a concert, but due to her height, she had to duck out because her boobs were being squashed. Of course, that’s it. What I gain in height, I’ve lost in boobage.

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  14. Franglaise Mummy

    I’m somewhere between 5’3″ & 5’4″. When I was living in France I was average height, I move back to the UK and I appear to be a midget – no fair. Fortunately hubs is French size (not tall!) but it does mean our kids are on the small side too. Anyway, you seemed tall to me at britmums 😉 xx

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  15. Workingsupermum

    I’m a teeny tiny one at just 5ft. Ballerina pumps and I can’t really be friends as a result. Super Daddy is just short of 6ft, we make a fine little and large coupling! My (very petite) granny always told me ‘good things come in small packages’ and she was right x

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    • honestmum

      @Workingsupermum haha, I love a ballet pump but go you in heels. Bet you look fab. Your Granny is my kind of lady xx

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  16. Hannah Ruth

    I’m 5’6 so although I’m not tall I like to say I’m ‘above average’, and I think I’m quite tall by Glasgow standards!!!
    I do like to wear a slight heel to add a bit of length to my legs 🙂
    You and your hubs make a gorge couple x

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  17. Julia Smith

    I’m 5ft 8. Bit that’s short for my family all over 6ft inc mum. So people I know think I’m short. I’m not I’m just seen with abnormally tall people!

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  18. Colette

    I am 5ft 9 but tower over anyone with a good pair of heels. I often feel for my sister as I struggle to buy the right length trousers yet she has to spend a fortune on the legs of her 6ft 3 frame!

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