This party, thrown by Hans Hemmert in Berlin, had visitors choose a suitable shoe-height in order to bring everyone to a 2 meter body height.
My interest in this has to do with the vague – but firm – statistic we’ve all heard: Taller people are more successful.
In fact, “Tall people make an average of $789 per inch per year… in large scale salary survey studies over 50 years in both the U.K. and the U.S.” said Arrianne Cohen, author of The Tall Book: A Celebration of Life from on High.
This idea has generated a lot of questions, but I don’t have the answers:
What would it be like to be the same height – as everyone? How would that affect our status in our differing cultures? Would it level the playing field, so to speak, or just make us glance at shoe-height to recognize the tallest person in the room? Are women’s high-heeled shoes trying to do this to some degree?
Hopefully we’ll all take some time to think about this.