I’m a 6ft 2in woman and dating is almost ‘impossible’

A six-foot-two-inch woman who was bullied for her height has candidly revealed how dating is almost ‘impossible.’

Marie Temara, from Palm Beach, Florida, said she had been battling stigmas her whole life, but the biggest struggle had been finding a partner.

The 28-year-old said that critics claimed she could not be both tall and feminine – but she was determined to prove them wrong.

She now hopes to change the dating stigma that ‘men have to be the taller ones in the relationship.’

Marie has said that dating has been hard as only two per cent of the population in her native Florida are taller than six-foot, three inches.

‘I will admit it is extremely difficult to find a guy taller than me. Dating at my height is almost impossible because it is so limited,’ she told NeedToKnow.co.uk.

‘One guy I went on a date with said he was 6’5 on his online dating profile, but when I met up with him he was at most 5’11.

‘I’ve been told “no one likes tall girls,” I look like a “man in heels,” I’m “too heavy to be a girl” and that “the Giants are looking for a linebacker.”

‘I would never wear heels and would slouch in public. I’d do anything to make myself appear shorter to fit in.

‘However, recently I have started dating shorter guys, and now that I’m open to dating at any height, it is much easier to date.

‘But sometimes it’s still difficult to find a guy that is okay with me being taller than him.

‘I hope to change the dating stigma that “men have to be the taller ones in the relationship” because height shouldn’t matter.

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‘I don’t mind being a foot taller or two taller than any man.’

Marie weighed 12 pounds at birth and throughout her childhood was always at least a head taller than all of the other children in her school classes.

She continued: ‘Being the tallest one in school was challenging for me because I was bullied frequently for being so much taller and different from everyone else.

‘Kids would pick on me and call me a man or a house because I was taller and heavier than most of the male teachers.

‘I had no friends and other children would taunt me so badly, that I would eat lunch alone in the bathroom stall.

‘Looking back on that, I don’t know how kids could be so cruel to someone just because they look different.’

But despite the incessant bullying, Marie has blossomed into a beacon of self-confidence.

Incredibly, she is the shortest member of her family – with her dad standing at 6’3, her mother 6’5, her brother 6’9, and her youngest brother 6’10.

Marie still has to fight through the challenges of being a taller woman, and struggles to find clothes and shoes that fit her.

She added: ‘Pants are never long enough and I can never find my shoe size, which is a men’s size 12.

‘I have to custom order all of my clothes and shoes, which can get very expensive and time-consuming.

‘Plus, most are made for average size people, so day-to-day things can be a bit more challenging for me such as cars, planes, rollercoasters, doorways, shower heads, toilets, beds, and other household appliances are almost always too small for me.’

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There are also advantages that come with Marie being taller than most as she excels at sports and often receives compliments on her long legs.

She said: ‘I also get generally positive comments on my height now and many short kings praise me for my long legs, calling me “Mommy long legs,” saying “we are all the same height laying down” and “I’d climb that tree.”‘

Marie, who weighs 210 lbs, added: ‘Nowadays, I embrace my curves as a plus-size model, am proud to be tall and try to inspire others that being tall and different is beautiful.

‘I am now ultra-feminine because I don’t ever want to be called a man again and am trying to change the stigma that being tall isn’t a masculine trait.

‘You can be a tall girl and still be feminine.

‘I just hope to inspire others and show them that being tall, plus-size, and different is beautiful and nothing to be ashamed of.

‘Also, to try and change the dating stigma that short kings and tall queens don’t belong together.’

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