Birth date: 09-02-1968
Birth place: Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico
Height: 5′ 2″
Career Start: Un Nuevo amanecer
“I am 5-2, and in Mexico it was very important to be tall. People used to say that the short thing was a deformity… I’d come home saying, Everybody teases me.’ … I was really upset about my height. One day, I said, ‘Who decided that it’s better to be tall? Why is it better? Am I less healthy? Am I less capable?’
I have a confidence about myself
“I realized it was a trick. Everybody tries to make you feel something, it becomes a standard, and it’s based on nothing. And you know what? I’ve come to a place in my life where I am viewed as someone beautiful. I’ve accomplished things a lot of tall girls never accomplished. I have a confidence about myself that I see a lot of tall girls don’t. So how meaningful is it really, to be tall?
I can empathize with Salma. All my life I have faced discrimination in the high fashion modeling world where being short is disgusting and having curves means that you are obese and unappealing to the photographer behind the lens. I also faced discrimination as a child. My peers would pick on me for being the shortest in the class, which tormented me for most of my life. I now embrace being petite and I love my curves. I walk the streets with my head held high for me and the rest of my fellow petite women. If you would like to read more on Salma please click on the link below: