Meet the MARGE Women who graced the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle Style Section & shared their perspectives on how unique & beautiful it is to be tall.
Special thanks to all MARGE Women who participated: Jessie Shepherd, Adrianne Cohen, Rajahnique Jones, Alicia Jay, Lynn Janicki, Rita Williams, Doris Hobbs and Lauren Stoll. Special acknowledgement of Mary Gonsalves Kinney of MGK Style and the team at San Francisco Chronicle.
Jessie Shepherd’s pride in her figure — all 6-feet-4 of it — is reflected in her decision to take up burlesque in her late 20s. She performs at the Elbo Room in the Mission as Lilith De Fee. Half her stage name derives from the mythical archetype of female independence, and the other half pays homage to a burlesque dancer from the 1940s, who was the same height as Shepherd.
“Her name was Lois De Fee, but they called her Superwoman. She was awesome,” Shepherd said. Strolling through downtown San Francisco in 3-inch heels, she might be described the same way.