I was born in high heels and I’ve worn them ever since- Helena Christensen

closed as off-topic by tchrist, Kristina Lopez, GMB, user66974, Edwin Ashworth Jul 22 '14 at 21:53

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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about the interpretation of literature. – tchrist Jul 22 '14 at 19:30
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    @tchrist, the person being quoted ranks rather among the glitterati than among the literati. We often ask for more context, so the whole of a sentence (one that appears on various "quotes" sites) should be welcome. But your objection seems as if it could just as easily apply to any sentence a questioner might ask about, if it appears either in print or on the Web--in which case it seems this site's occupation's gone. – Brian Donovan Jul 22 '14 at 19:51
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    @tchrist: If it were, should that disqualify it from consideration? This question quotes a sentence by Bertrand Russell that appears in six books, per Google Books: were you the mystery downvoter on that account? (But I fear that every day and in every way we are getting meta and meta and meta.) – Brian Donovan Jul 22 '14 at 20:06
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    The shrieks from the birthing room must have been horrible to hear. – Erik Kowal Jul 22 '14 at 20:20
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it only allows primarily opinion-based answers unless the speaker is contacted. – Edwin Ashworth Jul 22 '14 at 21:53

This is merely a particularly overt example of hyperbole (rhetorical exaggeration) in expressing partiality to high heels, or perhaps in noting or complaining that her path in life has long forced them upon her. The hyperbole is overt in that no one can be expected to take this literally, especially its first clause. In fact, this Daily Mail piece shows her in photographs wearing flats, and twits her on supposedly needing to wear heels more often.

  • You’re actually linking to the Daily Mail? :( – tchrist Jul 22 '14 at 19:54
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    Well, having no idea who this person was, I thought it prudent to Google her before venturing an answer; and this was among the top hits and seemed peculiarly on point, with photographic evidence to boot (pun intended, as always). – Brian Donovan Jul 22 '14 at 20:10
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    You know, it could also mean that she's symbolically a girly-girl and the high heels represent the trappings of an ultra-feminine woman. Since both your and my speculations are opinion-based, this question should be off-topic. – Kristina Lopez Jul 22 '14 at 20:36
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    I'm surprised at how many people here seem to never have heard of Helena Christensen before. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jul 22 '14 at 21:37
  • @KristinaLopez, I think I allowed for that interpretive possibility--and the point that it is hyperbole is hardly mere speculation. – Brian Donovan Jul 22 '14 at 21:58

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