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Great Heights: 6-Foot-Plus Women on Standing Tall

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Great Heights: 6-Foot-Plus Women on Standing Tall

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Rebecca Thomas was 5'10" in the fourth grade and 6'3" by the time she reached high school. In "Life as a Tall Girl," an essay published on the New York Times health blog, she reflects on her height and what it has taught her. Despite the stares and rude comments she says that she has grown into her body — and sometimes even wears heels.

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jane Smiley — who says she's 6'2" barefoot — also weighs in on the experience of growing up as a very tall girl.

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