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Height Discrimination? Waitresses Fired for Being Too Short [Petite Models]
“Lawsuit Claims Nightclub Fired Waitresses for Being Too Short”… This headline is unfortunately very real, as reported by Ti-Hua Chang of Fox5 News New York. According to Mr. Chang’s report, two women have filed suit against their previous employer, a prominent New York nightclub, after the two aspiring petite actresses (5’3″ Faye Rex, 24, and 5’4″ Stephanie Jaggers, 27) were apparently fired for being too short to meet the club’s image requirement. This isn’t the first time I’ve written about height discrimination, but it may be the most audacious example that I’ve heard of outside of the fashion industry. Is there any doubt that the current fashion scene’s overwhelming preference for vertically-inclined, gangly models is largely to blame for the tall-only ideology this nightclub apparently endorses?
I wonder if the club plans to turn away their petite celebrity clientele like 5’3″ Madonna and 5’4″ Lindsay Lohan and all short men, because they are certainly a far cry from this club’s ideal fashionable standard…
These waitresses are not even “short,” as they are both roughly the same size as the average American woman at 5’3″ tall. How can there be such a grand divide between the real world and fashion’s image fiction? Because there is, and has been, a fraud perpetrated on women around the world that beauty and height are directly correlated. This correlation is as real as Santa Claus vacationing with the Easter Bunny on Arizona beach front property, and the fiction is increasingly becoming an impediment to the lives ordinary hardworking women.
Now is the time for petite women to make our voices heard and be recognized, and Bella Petite is a great venue to do so and affect real change! Our stated goal at Bella Petite is “to enrich the lives of petite women by expanding their opportunities in the fashion, modeling, beauty and the business world, while breaking down negative stereotypes about height.” It truly is time for petite women to be represented in a positive fashion. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this situation and if any of you have faced similar situations in your career pursuits. There will certainly be follow up to this story, so check in regularly for updates on the petite girls’ legal fight!
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