Marie Temara, a six-foot-two woman who was picked on because of her height has said that dating is almost “impossible” for her.
Marie Temara from Palm Beach, Florida, said that she had to deal with stereotypes her whole life, but that finding a partner was the hardest thing she had to do.
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The 28-year-old woman said that people said she couldn’t be tall and feminine at the same time, but she was determined to show them wrong.
Now, Marie Temara wants to change the dating stereotype that men have to be taller than women.
Marie Temara has said that it has been hard to date because only 2% of the people in her home state of Florida are taller than 6’3″.
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.
I don’t mind being a foot taller or two taller than any man.
Marie Temara was 12 pounds when she was born, and she was always at least a head taller than the other kids in her school classes.
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 being picked on all the time, Marie Temara has grown into a confident leader.
Marie Temara is the shortest person in her family, which is hard to believe since her father is 6’3, her mother is 6’5, her brother is 6’9, and her youngest brother is 6’10.
Marie still has to deal with the problems that come with being taller, like finding clothes and shoes that fit her.
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.
Marie Temara is taller than most people, which has its benefits. She does well in sports and often gets compliments for her long legs.
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.