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Student, 18, who stands 6ft 2in tall reveals she’s stopped on the street by strangers in awe of her height – and refuses to slouch to fit in with shorter friends
- Tara Humphris, from Oxford, is a stunning 6 ft 2in tall and is proud of her height
- The 18-year-old reveals she always stands tall because she hates slouching
- The Bath University student credits her height for her great sporting skills
A teenager proud of her 6ft 2in frame revealed she is stopped in the street by strangers in awe of her height.
Tara Humphris, 18, from Oxford, said she has always been taller than all of her friends but refuses to slouch just to fit in.
Instead she has always embraced her height and even adds extra inches by wearing heels. And her striking height never goes unnoticed.
‘In terms of reactions, I always get lots of glances, often stares and compliments about my height and the way I flaunt it,’ Tara said.
‘Random strangers even stop me in the streets to ask my height and tell me I look elegant and graceful, which as anyone can imagine is such a confidence boost.’
Tara Humpris, 18 from Oxford, proudly shows off her height as she poses with her friends in a changing room as they wear matching outfits
Tara is not fazed by the fact she towers over her friends with her 6 ft 2 inch height as she poses with her pals at a festival
Tara will also wear heeled boots and high heeled shoes with pride to accentuate her height because she dislikes it when tall people slouch
Tara credits her height for enabling her to excel in sports, such as basketball, netball and badminton, which she now competes in at university in Bath.
When she’s out Tara receives lots of stares, double takes and compliments about her height, with people stopping to tell her she exudes elegance and grace, something she says gives her a massive confidence boost.
Tara is the tallest female in her family and her brother, Josh, is already 6ft 5in at 16.
Tara has admitted she was the tallest girl in her secondary school when she was 15 years old, but she loved being known as the tall blonde girl
However, Tara credits her mother, Elaine, who is 5ft 11in for making her feel positive and confident about her height, after her parent struggled with her own height when she was at school and didn’t truly embrace it until later in life, when she saw Tara growing taller.
Incredible pictures show Tara standing proudly amongst her friends and wearing heeled boots to make herself even taller.
Tara said: ‘Growing up I’ve always been taller than all my friends and was the tallest girl in my entire secondary school when I was only 15 and I loved it.’
‘I was known for being the tall blonde girl and always stood out in a crowd. My height also came in handy for sports as I was very active, playing basketball, netball and badminton at competitive levels throughout school, which I also now continue at uni.
Tara has admitted she has ‘always’ been the tallest person in her friendship group, but she loves being the taller one in her group of friends
Tara has insisted there has never been a time in her life when she wished she was shorter or the same height as her friends
‘I cannot thank my mum enough as I can confidently say that she is the reason I feel so positive about my height, as she brought me up telling me to stand proud with my shoulders back and head held high and told me that if anyone was ever mean about my height it was only because they are jealous.
‘Therefore, I can honestly say that there has never been a moment in my life where I wished I was shorter, as my mind set is that you can’t change your height so you’ve just got to embrace it.
‘In my opinion, there’s nothing worse than a tall girl standing slouched in a failed attempt to look the same height as her friends, you’ve just got to love your height and stand confidently as confidence radiates off a person, especially if that person is tall and proud of it.
‘Therefore, I’ve also always loved wearing heels as I’m already tall so I figure I might as well be taller.
Tara poses for a family photo with her older sister Leah (centre) and younger brother Josh (right), who is now the tallest member of her family
Tara has thanked her mother Elaine (right) for encouraging her to embrace her height, as her parent was self conscious of how tall she was when she was growing up
‘My mum on the other hand grew up the opposite, as she hated being tall, standing at 5ft 11in herself she was always the tallest through school as well but lacked the confidence and support I had growing up, it was only later on in her life that she began to enjoy her height, in particular when me and all my cousins started growing taller than her she began to embrace it fully.
‘I have a big family and have a whole squad of 6ft to 6ft 5in cousins and even my younger brother at the age of 16 is already 6ft 5in. This is another reason I love my height as I’ve constantly grown up with people taller than me and it’s great, however I can proudly boast that I am the tallest girl in my entire family.’
The only time when the comments she receives frustrate her slightly is on a night out when people state the obvious that Tara is a tall woman, something she tries to laugh off.
Tara has credited her height for making her a great sportsperson, as she insisted she excels in basketball, netball and badminton
The youngster has insisted members of the public compliment her on her height, which gives her a much appreciated confidence boost. But it is when Tara is on a night out the stares frustrate her
She shared her words of advice to others to encourage them to embrace what makes them unique.
She continued: ‘However I must say the only times I find it funny but frustrating, is if I’m on a night out and drunk people say to me, “oh wow, you’re tall”, because I just say back to them, “ok, thanks for letting me know, not like I didn’t know that or anything”, and then they usually feel bad or humiliated for stating the obvious and I just laugh, because I don’t mind it really.
‘The main message I wish to convey is just to love yourself, everyone was made unique so you’ve just got to work with that, embrace yourself and live everyday as it comes.’
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Teenager proud of 6ft 2 height and wears stilettos to make her taller