By Rebecca Drew
THIS STUNNING six-foot-seven woman says her boyfriend who is seven-inches shorter thinks her height is the “most gorgeous thing he has ever seen” while strangers stare at her like she is from another planet but she isn’t letting this stop her from embracing her height and wearing EIGHT-INCH heels to become even taller.
Nanny, model and volleyball coach, Kyrsten Lindstrom (21) from Homewood, Illinois, USA, was always at least a head taller than all her peers growing up but never let her height affect her because she had lots of friends.
However, it wasn’t until she was in secondary school and at 6ft 1in, that she struggled to accept her height as her friends said that she was too tall to fit in. When she was 12, Kyrsten discovered volleyball, something that thanks to her height she started to excel in years later when she was 16 and made her and her friends accept her tallness again.
All of her family are tall and Kyrsten is even taller than her two brothers, Jon and Josh, who are 6ft 3in and 6ft 4in respectively but they weren’t impressed when she overtook them in height after her final growth spurt at 19 to 6ft 7in.
Despite being confident in her own skin now, Kyrsten can’t go anywhere without being stared at by strangers and has also received nasty comments when in public with people telling her there should be a height limit for people attending concerts, with one Instagram troll telling her that it’s not feminine to be that tall.
As well as receiving criticism for her height, Kyrsten also receives compliments from strangers who are in awe of her height and her 6ft boyfriend, Colin, adores her and thinks she is perfect as she is.
“When I was younger like in preschool, I knew I was different as I was a head taller than all of my friends. At that time my height never affected me because I had really good friends who accepted me for me so I never seemed different,” said Kyrsten.
“At secondary school I really struggled accepting my height and my friends said that I didn’t fit in anymore because I was too tall. Then at 16, I found out I was good at volleyball and it all changed.
“Everywhere I go I get stared at like I’m from another planet. When I’m shopping clothes do not fit me correctly and all my pants are capri at 4-8 inches short every time. My aunt actually makes a lot of my clothes or she does alterations to make them fit me better.
“I always hear comments when I am out and about, some are funny and some are plain rude. I receive any comment you can think of, I think one of the worst ones I hear is when I’m at concerts and people say, ‘there should be a height limit for tickets’.
“Another rude one I saw on my Instagram was that women shouldn’t be tall and that it’s wrong because it’s a guy’s job to be tall.
“I receive positive comments too, when I was at the airport, a kid said to his mom, ‘I want to be as tall as her, I think she’s a volleyball player,’ it was just so sweet that he was in amazement.
“My boyfriend who is 6ft loves my height and he thinks it’s the best thing on the planet. He always says, ‘Kyrsten your legs are perfect, and I love your height it is just the most gorgeous thing I have ever seen’ and it’s so refreshing hearing those comments.”
Realising that she could destroy the opposition on the volleyball court, helped Kyrsten come to terms with her height and even made her embrace wearing high heels to make her feel even taller and more confident and has a pair of eight-inch heels that she likes to wear out.
Since embracing herself, Kyrsten has helped other tall girls who are struggling to come to terms with their height after they have gone to her for advice.
“I love my height now, it’s still amazing for the volleyball courts and other tall girls that are struggling to accept their height come to me for advice. It’s the best feeling ever,” she said.
“I have all the confidence in my height and it has opened the doors to modelling which was something I dreamed of doing since I was little girl.
“Your height shouldn’t define you, if you are tall or short, own it. Grab out your favourite shoes and just own your runway.
“Life’s too short to focus on something that is impossible to change. Your height should be your best friend. Just embrace who you are. God made us all different for a reason, just own it.”
For more information see www.instagram.com/kyrsten_nicole