Calling All Petite Girls: This Filipino Fashion Blogger Shows You How to Elongate Your Legs

 

Standing at just barely five feet tall, I have always been envious of friends who were blessed with long legs. In some pictures, one of my tall friends and I even look like mother and child. It’s tragic, really. But the real struggle comes when I go into pretty much any clothing store and nothing seems to fit the way they do on girls that are average height.

Jus recently though, I was looking through the fashion website lookbook.nu, and came across Filipino fashion blogger Kryz Uy. Not only does she have a cool, edgy style, she’s also only 5-feet-2-inches, and manages to look both stunning and tall at the same time. That pretty much makes her my hero.

Uy has graciously shared with petite fans on her blog, Thirstythoughttips on how to achieve the illusion of having longer legs for those of us who, unfortunately, do not.

Here are 10 of her genius tips:

 

1. Pointers out. Pointy shoes can elongate your leg, especially when they match your skin color.

 

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2. Waist Line Wonders. High waisted anything will give the visual illusion that your legs start higher than really do.

 

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3. Lines Lines Lines. Just as horizontal stripes make you look wider, vertical ones will make you look longer and leaner.

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4. Nude it up. Wear shoes that match the color of your skin to give the illusion of an extended leg.

 

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5. Monochromatic. Wear a single color to lengthen your silhouette without any breaks.

 

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6. No to breaks. Similarly, anything that breaks the vertical line of the body will visually shorten. Try going sans ankle strap to keep the line going.

 

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7. Hey shortie. The higher the hem, the more skin exposure, the longer your legs will look.

 

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8. Geometry. Play with asymmetric cuts or geometric patterns that elongate.

 

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9. Maximum length. Don’t be afraid of skirts and pants that are too long. They are the perfect place to hide high heels, making you look naturally longer.

 

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10. Posture. Stand tall, shoulders back and walk with confidence. The less you slouch your back and hang your head, the longer your entire silhouette will seem.

 

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Get This Look: Spring Skirts & Dresses For Short Girls

As a petite woman myself, I can empathize with all the other short girls out there who often find themselves having a difficult time with clothes.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve changed out of an outfit because I felt like it shrunk me and don’t get me started on maxi dresses. I’m still hopelessly searching for one that doesn’t sink to the ground.

Thankfully, there are some petite girls who have mastered the art of choosing clothes that compliment a small frame. Luckily for us, some of these girls don’t mind sharing their knowledge.

One of our favorite fashion bloggers, Jean, is the author of Extra Petite. Just under 5 feet, Jean can relate to the various short girl struggles and has found many ways to counter them. Her blog is described as “a fashion blog that provides styling ideas and shopping information with a focus on professional attire. This blog also aims to share suggestions and solutions for those who may be shorter than the average woman, yet still want to look stylish and feel confident.”

Now that spring is here and the sun is making its way out, we’re itching to wear skirts and dresses. So which ones match our frame? Check out these spring looks from Extra Petite.

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Get Ready To Cry With This MUST-SEE Short From Thailand

Sometimes, we all just need a good cry session. Well we’re here to help you out.

“My Beautiful Woman” is a touching and inspiring short about love, sacrifice and motherhood. The short film allows us to question what it truly takes to be a mother and reminds us that there’s still a lot of good in this world.

This video is brought to you by ‘Beauty Inside’ Wacoal Thailand and is based on a true story. So pull out the tissues and watch this heartwarming story below.

 

According to 4lifethailand.org, a fundraising organization that hopes to “bring life to the thousands of abandoned disabled children living in state institutions in Thailand,” thousands of unwanted children are left on the streets of Thailand for various reasons, including disabilities. State orphanages have been set up, but the number of children who find themselves without a home are getting overwhelming.

It is people, like the mother in this video, who open their heart up and allow these abandoned children to truly feel what love is.

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EXTRA PETITE: Short Girls Unite With This Must-See Fashion Blog

Television tricked me. When I was a little girl, I would watch all the 6-feet-tall television actors live out their character’s high school days (even though the actors were probably well into their mid-twenties) and I would dream about the day that I would sprout to be that tall.

So when I stopped at 5’2″, I felt cheated. I hated being used as another person’s armrest and I stared daggers at anyone who asked how the weather was “down there.” Most importantly, I hated the feeling that clothes wouldn’t look as good on me because of my small figure.

Luckily, I grew up and learned a few things. Aside from the perks of tip-toe kisses, being called “cute” and getting away with a child’s ticket at the movies, I quickly learned that I could choose clothes that both fit and flatter my “fun-size” frame.

Lucky for all of us, girls like Jean have mastered this art and can help us along the way. Just under 5 feet, Jean is the author of the adorable fashion blog, Extra Petite. The blog describes itself as “a fashion blog that provides styling ideas and shopping information with a focus on professional attire. This blog also aims to share suggestions and solutions for those who may be shorter than the average woman, yet still want to look stylish and feel confident.”

You can’t help but look through the blog and want all of her clothes– especially after knowing that it can actually work with your height.

Check out some of her recent looks below and don’t forget to view her blog here.

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MUST WATCH: 17-Year-Old Kim Ho in ‘The Language of Love’

If you’re in the mood to have your heart melt, then we have just the thing for you. Australian highschool student, Kim Ho, stars in his beautifully written short, “The Language of Love”.

The short follows a highschool student, Charlie, who is unable to focus on his French exam when the assignment asks him to write a letter to his best friend.

He pulls the audience into his own world and eventually reveals his inner-struggle. He is in love with his best friend- who happens to be a boy. We are allowed into his very personal emotions of passionate confession, confusion, and fear.

“Its not because he’s a boy,” Charlie explains,  “He just happens to be one and I can’t figure out if that makes it wrong”

Charlie pulls us deeper and deeper into his personal feelings and ultimately reaches a realization.

“You always hear people say it’s weird and just not normal, but isn’t that the point of love?” he asks. “To transcend normalness and become something special?”

Needless to say, this short film is beautiful, inspiring, and heartwarming. Watch it for yourself below:

No More White Washing: Bleached

Jessica dela Merced directs and stars in Bleached.

Twenty-four-year-old Jessica dela Merced has been experiencing a little bit of unexpected fame recently. The Filipina American, San Francisco native is currently a second-year graduate student at New York University and her short student film, Bleached, has been the subject of much buzz on the Internet – and it hasn’t even been completed yet! We sit down with the rising auteur to get the scoop behind her film and its controversial topic, skin bleaching in the Asian community.

Audrey Magazine: What’s your reaction to the recent buzz on blogs and Twitter about your film?

Jessica dela Merced: The movie isn’t even done yet and the fact that the trailer alone is getting a lot of attention is crazy. Even this interview is insane! [Laughs] But I think that’s just indicative of how big of an issue this really is. Some people who’ve heard about my film have asked me, “So … those bleaching creams exist?” and I say, “Yeah! I didn’t make that up!” It’s crazy how some people don’t know about those products or the harmful consequences they can have.

AM: What inspired you to make the film Bleached?

JDM: With everyone they sometimes buy into that whole beauty thing, whether they want to change their weight, their appearance or their skin color. And it’s just started to really bug me. I’m guilty of falling into that whole thing myself, but it just really disappoints me that other people’s opinions of you can change who you are. It can make people second guess themselves and that’s a dangerous thing. I know it’s impossible to not listen to what other people say and we have a long way to go for men and women in terms of just accepting who you are and being happy with it.

Honestly, my mother never made me use bleaching cream. I don’t remember exactly how I became familiar with this topic, but I know that when I was younger I wanted to use the soaps and the creams myself. My mom introduced them to me, but like I said, she never forced me to use them. I just always had this weird desire to use the products and I really wanted to explore that with this movie. It’s not autobiographical at all in terms of my mom forcing me to use bleaching products. I hope no one thinks that about her because she’s a saint! [Laughs]


Jessica dela Merced plays Lenny in Bleached.
AM: How did you come up with the story and are any characters based on people you know in real life?

JDM: I’m Filipino so I know how most Filipino families work. [Laughs] The characters are loosely based on my family and friends who aren’t so confident with how they look. That really upsets me so I put that all into my main character [Lenny, played by dela Merced]. My film isn’t just about skin whitening cream. There are a lot of beauty issues that do come up. Overall, it’s a movie about a girl who knows herself, but she gets confused because of other people and she starts to lose herself. She’s forced against a wall and has to find herself again and I think a lot of people can relate to that.

AM: How was the filming process?

JDM: Filming is complete. We shot the movie in San Francisco this past November. I planned for this to be a half animation movie so I’m working with an animator right now.

 It was tough being the director and main actor of the film. I also had a small crew to work with because I had classmates from New York fly in and I had friends from Los Angeles come to help. It wasn’t as big of a crew I could have had if we had shot in New York, but I really wanted the film’s story to be authentic so we shot in San Francisco.

AM: What was your favorite part about filming?

JDM: We shot at my old high school [St. Ignatius] so I was able to cast students as extras. It was really cool to go back there and incorporate them into the film. There’s also a vomit scene that’s my favorite. It’s really hilarious and I can’t wait for everyone to see it!


Henrietta Gard (left) and Elaine Pinto plays Lenny’s mom and lola (grandma) in Bleached.
AM: How did Henrietta Gard and Elaine Pinto get signed on to the project? How was it working with them?

JDM: I actually had a really tough time with casting. It was hard finding Filipino actresses in general. We did casting in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco and couldn’t find anybody. 

I found Henrietta Gard and Elaine Pinto through SF Casting. They were pretty much the only two people who submitted for the roles and, luckily, they were perfect for the mom and grandma. This is Henrietta’s first film because she usually does print work, but she was amazing. 

I think the reason why she was so good for this role is not only because she’s Filipino, but she’s also very aware of the whitening cream issue. She has a really interesting back story. Her ticket to get to America was to become a flight attendant for Philippine Airlines, but they only accepted light-skinned Filipinos. Henrietta was dark so she stayed out of the sun for an entire year just to get that job. It was too perfect! When I heard that story I knew she was the right person for the role.

AM: Last I checked, on the film’s site more than $8,000 was raised. How did you feel when you found out the goal was reached?

JDM: I pretty much cried, to be honest. I felt like George Bailey from It’s A Wonderful Life. [Laughs] I worked all this summer and saved money and thought, “I’ll just keep working until I make enough money for it,” so I was stressing about money a lot. The first donation was actually made by my friend and I could not stop crying! Friends and family members donated. Most weren’t even my family members! People I don’t even know donated. Just knowing that there are people out there who don’t know me but donated because they believe in this project is such an amazing feeling. I’m also thankful for everyone who’s been spreading word about the movie. It’s so great!

AM: What are your future plans for Bleached?

JDM: I’ll be submitting the film to festivals and I’m hoping it’ll do well in the film fest circuit. It’s a story that hasn’t been told yet so I hope it can make its way around film festivals.

AM: What do you ultimately hope to achieve with the film?

JDM: I want to open people’s eyes to this issue and for them to realize that it is a problem. It’s a problem not just for Filipinos or Asians, but everyone. It’s a big thing in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Philippines and India. The products are sold in the black market in the United Kingdom and are being sold here in the U.S., but called “blemishing cream.” I’m not saying that it’s totally wrong to use these products, but as soon as you try to change other people by saying they need to use them it becomes a problem and it needs to be addressed.

AM: What do you hope people will take away with them after watching Bleached?

JDM: Honestly, I hope that people don’t feel like I am lecturing them with this movie. I wanted to tell this story because I have been prone to feeling bad about how I look and even wanting to be Caucasian at one point in my life. I just think now, in retrospect, it’s just so ridiculous. I think people who use skin whitening products need to think about why they use it and why they feel they need to change themselves. I hope the film inspires people to look at who they really are. It’s hard to really see yourself because there are so many things that influence us like the media, friends and family. It’s difficult to really know who you are and to be happy with yourself, but if you can start earlier, the better off you’ll be.

If you’d like to know more about Bleached or how you can help support the movie, visit the film’s website www.indiegogo.com/bleached-the-movie or contact Jessica dela Merced at jessdela@gmail.com.