Story by Mackenzie Walters, Staff Writer
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Netflix recently released “Tall Girl,” an original film centered around the life of a six-foot-tall girl named Jodi. It isn’t often that you find a 16-year-old girl taller than just about everyone in her grade, and being known as the “tall girl” doesn’t come easy for Jodi either. This film focuses on the concept of self-love and building confidence to overcome pressures and hardships that come with high school life.
Ava Michelle, also known as Ava Cota, is not just an actress. Her past experiences in the modeling and dance industries—she was on “Dance Moms”—have shaped her viewpoints on society and the way we, as a society, treat others. She is very passionate about encouraging self-love and acceptance of yourself before seeking acceptance from others. Her personal experience living life as the “tall girl” makes her the perfect fit for this role.
Everything that surrounds us on a daily basis shapes the way we live and think—and Jodi is surrounded by people that only see her as the “tall girl.” At the same time, she is also surrounded by friends and family who encourage her to not let her height define who she is. Her sister in the movie calls her “my big little sister” as a way to put pride into being who she is. There is nothing wrong with being tall. Society puts all this pressure on kids at such a young age that they can’t even enjoy their youth anymore. The moral of the story is—the only opinion that actually matters is that of your own because, at the end of the day, you only have your conscience.
Personally, I am excited to see this movie. I think every girl grows up hating something about herself, and it’s a heavy weight to carry. This movie seems to bring these things to light and show everyone, not just girls, that being different isn’t a bad thing. As much as we’re told this growing up, it doesn’t really stick. The perception we have of ourselves, I believe, comes from our perception of others. We may look at someone who has a different body, a smaller nose, a bigger chest, whatever it is, and think “Why can’t I have that?” I think this film is going to do a great job of turning this stigma around. I support the way Netflix is creating films that touch on sensitive, but very relevant, topics in society.
Mackenzie Walters is a Senior at Aquinas. Her passion for the outdoors and exploring was formed at an early age while traveling and living in South Africa. When not crafting excellent content, she stays busy writing poetry, cooking, and binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy.