We get it, “cute” and “petite” are universal codes for “short.” And while there’s nothing wrong with those terms of endearment, they can make us feel like we can’t have real struggles as vertically-challenged ladies. Yup, simple everyday things like reaching for that handrail on the MRT or finding pants that don’t need altering are real problems. Can relate? Scroll down and see if you’ve experienced these #shortgirlproblems. 

1. Being mistaken for a high school student

It’s the weekend and you and your girlfriends have planned to check out that new club everyone is talking about. The only hiccup? When you arrive at said club, security won’t let you in until you show some proper I.D. 

2. Mastering the art of cuffing
Buying pants that perfectly fit your waist is hard enough, what more if you have to consider the length, too? (Hello, department store kiddie section!)

3. Tiptoeing in front of tall counters
…or else the bank teller or the cashier won’t see you, AT ALL. 

4. Driving means having the steering wheel close to your chest

Because if you pull the chair back, you can’t see the road and your feet probably won’t touch the gas pedal. Hugging the steering wheel is the best position to achieve both. 

5. Jumping to reach for an item at the grocery store
You dread the “Laundry” aisle. Heck, you dislike almost every aisle! Why is it that everything you need (especially those in big, bulky packaging) always seems to be placed on the highest shelf? 

6.Feeling like you’re always on a high chair

Your legs aren’t long enough to even reach the floor and you end up doing an Indian sit to avoid straining your tiny legs.  

7. Swimming in the kiddie pool is the safest place during outings
You try your best to reach the 5-feet area, but even if you tiptoe or hold on to the gutter, you still end up getting water up your nose. 

8. Being asked the “age and height” combo

These two questions always go together. And while you’re flattered that people say you look young, you don’t know if they’re talking about your face or implying that your height is pambata. (And oh, your standard answer to the height question? 5’1.” That definitely makes you feel taller than just well, 5 feet flat.)


9. Being the last person to be squeezed inside a car
Whether that’s commuting, or riding with your friends and family, you’re seated in the least comfortable spot (and if it’s a jampacked car, said uncomfy spot usually means kandong on a tall friend’s or sister’s lap).

10. Taking selfies with your tall friends can be a challenge

It’s either they sit down or you stand up on something—there’s no other way to do it. 

11. Always being called “cute”
Even when you’re mad, pissed, or annoyed, you still seem to be cute and people don’t know how to take you seriously. But at the end of the day, you’d rather be called cute than a giant b*th or big pain in the behind!

Photo: Instagram @krisbernal edited by Mike Dee; GIFS: giphy

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