Woman called ‘beanpole’ at school is now 6ft 3in ‘goddess’
A woman who was called a “lanky beanpole” during her school days has triumphed over her bullies and is now making a fortune with her social media empire. Lizzy Groombridge, from Camborne in Cornwall, who was bullied at school for her 6ft 3in tall stature is now more confident than ever and even wears heels. She is now a TikTok sensation with over 700,000 devoted followers after gaining online fame for posting Q&As about her height.
Over time, she has learned to disregard cruel comments, including those about her 10cm-shorter partner Nick.
Rather than dwelling on the negativity, Ms Groombridge says she focuses on building her social media career, where she’s earning a considerable income.
As a child, Ms Groombridge felt self-conscious about her height, particularly when she surpassed her 6ft tall father at the age of 13.
She recalled: “By 13 years old I was a lot taller than most of the boys in my class at school as well as all of the girls and my family members.
“From 16 years old upwards I’ve always been noticed for my height because you don’t get a lot of women as tall as me, especially where I live.
“Getting clothes that fit properly has always been a nightmare – I’m a size ten on the waist but even tall jeans don’t come close to the length of my legs.
“A lot of places don’t even stock their tallest sizes in store, which I think is very unfair.
“I live in skirts most of the time because they’re easier to get but even they are quite short on me.”
Ms Groombridge continued: “When you’re so tall you stand out all the time and sometimes I can’t even fit through doors without ducking.
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“In school people would call me beanpole or lanky and it made me really embarrassed and shy.
“I used to avoid wearing heels because a lot of my friends are only around 5ft 3in and with my boyfriend the height difference was a bit uncomfortable at first too.
“He had never had a taller girlfriend before and stereotypically the man is supposed to be the taller one so it used to make me feel quite embarrassed and silly.”
After the birth of her third child, Skyla, Ms Groombridge, a mother-of-three, took a break from her previous job in the care sector to devote more time to her children.
She utilised this time to post Q&As about her height online, which gained millions of views, boosting her confidence.
Ms Groombridge said: “TikTok has helped me embrace my height – I’ve got 127,000 followers on there who call me ‘queen’ and ‘goddess’ and worship me because of my height, so now I love being tall.
“I’ve made my own hashtag of my nickname ‘Lizzy long legs’ and that’s got nearly ten million views.”
This has helped the couple’s relationship too, with Lizzy explaining: “We don’t mind the height difference anymore and he likes when I wear heels – people will comment about how much taller I am but it doesn’t bother us.”
Lizzy is delighted that she has transformed her previous insecurity into profit.
She said: “I make good money through social media thanks to my height – I get paid for my Instagram posts and TikTok videos and even get video requests like standing in a doorway.
“I also have an OnlyFans account which took off really quickly once I set it up and I’ve been in the top two percent of earners in the last six months.
“In that time I’ve earned tens of thousands plus been sent around £3,000 worth of gifts from fans, like heels to wear in my posts.
“In my old job in care, working part time because of my children, I used to earn £600 a month (£3,600 in six months) – so I’m earning almost ten times as much now from home.
“It’s crazy but there’s a massive market for really tall girls.
“I want to turn my nickname and hashtag into a brand name and a business selling merchandise and eventually women’s clothing for tall girls like me.”
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