Modelling agencies rejected her because she was “too tall” for the job.
Taller men and women are considered to be more dominant, healthy, and intelligent, and are more likely to be chosen for more competitive jobs; they also earn more money. It could be that we naturally associate height with “greatness” and “dominance” – two traits that are important for leadership. Let’s all face it: tall is beautiful.
But for Chase Kennedy, being tall wasn’t a good thing at first. In her young age, Kennedy was often called names because of her extremely long legs. Other children used to tease her by calling names like “giraffe,” “twiggy,” and “legs.”
And as she moved to high school, things got worse, especially when it came to relationships. “In high school, dating was very difficult because boys were intimidated by my height and I towered over a lot of them,” she says in an interview with the Daily Mail.
Though she dreamed of having shorter legs when she was young, she slowly learned to love her unique trait when she found excellence in sports. She towered over other players in basketball and volleyball, making her teammates glad that they have her on their side.
Today, the 25-year-old from California believes she has the longest legs in America. The graduate of San Luis Obispo High School, California, has a stunning leg length of 129 centimeters from hip to heel.
And while she is busy building a career as a model, she has been turned down by some agencies for being too tall. While short women were often rejected by modeling companies, Kennedy was denied for being “too tall”.
“They (agencies) told me time over time, ‘We don’t know what to do with you,’” she said, as reported by Stuff.
But now, as a successful model, she is glad that she has such long legs. Unlike what she once thought during her school days, Kennedy admits that now, “I would not change my height. I would be the height I am.”
“At the end of the day I’m really happy to be as tall as I am,” she added.
However, she wasn’t the tallest in the family, even if she stood at 6-foot-5. Her father, San Luis Obispo attorney and real estate broker Matthew Kennedy, stands 6 feet 7 inches tall, while her mother, Chris, an office manager, is 5-foot-11. The model has two older brothers: Shane, who’s 6-foot-5, and Devon, who’s 6-foot-6.