Those #TallGirlProblems you thought you had? They simply don’t exist, says Nicole Kidman.
Those #TallGirlProblems you thought you had? They simply don’t exist, says Nicole Kidman. So ‘stand tall and never ever apologise for it.’
The Oscar winning actress, who is 5ft 11, admits she once struggled to accept her height because of that old idea that men should be the tall ones in a relationship and that taller women were seen as powerful and intimidating.
‘I was afraid of my own power, afraid that it would threaten people,’ Nicole revealed, speaking at the Women In Film's Crystal + Lucy awards dinner. ‘And it's a great sadness wishing to be less than you actually are. And it's hard to take on the world when you're constantly in a battle with yourself. I worked through it...I’m working through it.’
Explaining that at age 14, she turned down a role in the Jane Campion film, A Girl's Own Story because she would have to kiss another girl, Nicole said, ‘I wanted to be the kind of actress with long flowing hair [who] kissed boys. I was not ready to do the kind of work that threatened anybody.’
Nicole explains that as she got older, she learned to embrace her supermodel legs and ability to look amazing in anything – including, the ultimate fabled #TallGirlProblem, high heels.
‘Women are too susceptible to the voice that tells us we need to be accepted,’ Nicole said. ‘Men say, 'I want this.' And then they set out to do it. Women say: 'Do I want this? Don't I want this? Do I deserve this? Can I get this?’
‘My friends, failure isn’t shameful, but cowardice is. Let’s raise our voices, honour the fire within, ignore our fears. In short, let’s stand tall and never apologise for it.’
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