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Fabulous People: Nicole Murphy and Kayla Alexander

Nicole Murphy and Kayla Alexander are the co-founders of Tall Size, the first-ever online marketplace exclusively catering to tall women. “Tall Size provides a rare opportunity for tall women nationwide to physically try on clothes that fit, addressing a gap in the market where few mainstream retailers offer limited tall sizes.” Learn about Nicole Murphy and Kayla Alexander…

Tall Size will host its first pop-up shop in Arizona at Chic Artistry Studio in Phoenix on Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6. Click here to learn more about this exciting event.

Follow at: @Tallsize@kjalexan40@nicomurphh

Hometown:

Nicole: Toronto, Ontario

Kayla: Toronto, Ontario

First job:

Kayla: My first job was working a paper route in my neighborhood. I remember organizing all the papers in advance and delivering them early in the morning.

Nicole: My first job also involved working a paper route. My next-door neighbor, Hannah, and I did it together and split the earnings. I really enjoyed organizing the papers, but not so much the delivery part.

Favorite ways to spend your free time in AZ: 

Kayla: I absolutely love being in god’s creation and experiencing nature. It grounds, rejuvenates and gives me inspiration. Some of my favorite spots to visit include the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. 

Nicole: I love to check out new restaurants when I have free time. I enjoy sharing a meal and wine with my loved ones and supporting local restaurant owners. I also squeeze in a round of golf.

Your biggest accomplishment and why: 

Kayla: I am proud of so many big accomplishments in my life over the years, including self-publishing and illustrating a children’s book, The Magic of Basketball; qualifying for the Tokyo and Paris Olympics; and co-founding Tall Size with Nicole.

Nicole: Two significant accomplishments come to mind for me. I was the first in my family to graduate from college and this gave me an immense feeling of pride and hope that I set an example for future generations of our family members to do the same. I am also proud of the business Kayla and I have created and nurtured together. Going into business with friends is never easy, but I am proud of how we somehow make it easy.

The biggest obstacle you overcame: 

Kayla: I have overcome so many obstacles, and one that I am working through as we build Tall Size is Imposter Syndrome. But, I am learning that I shouldn’t let my doubts limit me. At the end of the day, Nicole and I are gaining business experience by building and working on Tall Size daily.

Nicole: The biggest obstacle I’ve had to overcome is losing one of my closest friends, Lee, to suicide in March of 2021. It cracked me open at my core and shook me in a way I’ve never experienced before. Since that day, I’ve never looked at life the same. Lee taught me how precious life is and how important it is to be kind. I’ve been on a spiritual journey since that has guided me towards immense personal growth. Losing Lee was a catalyst in pursuing Tall Size full-time. Lee taught me that life is short and is meant to be lived. Her legacy encouraged me to pursue my dreams and motivated me to leave my full-time job and all of its securities and pursue Tall Size full-time. Lee is such an inspiration to me and has taught me so many lessons that I’ll be forever grateful for.

Someone who inspires you and why: 

Kayla: So many people in this world inspire me, including my parents and Nicole. My mom instilled a belief in me that all my goals and dreams were attainable and then my dad taught me the work ethic required to make those dreams a reality. Nicole also inspires and amazes me every day. She has so many unique qualities that I try to emulate from her, including her incredible sense of humor, empathy for others, intelligence and the ability to inspire and bring a team together. 

Nicole: Kayla is a massive source of inspiration in my life. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and watching Kayla evolve since seventh grade. Her work ethic, determination to succeed, curiosity and perseverance are nothing short of amazing. Someone who has accomplished so much in their life could easily develop an ego, but Kayla remains humble.

Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: 

Nicole: Believe in yourself and be confident. You can’t expect others to believe in something if you don’t believe in it yourself. 

Kayla: Entrepreneurship is not for the weak of heart. It requires consistency, sacrifice and work. There will be many highs and lows along the way, but if you are passionate and believe in yourself and what you are doing, that fire will keep you going.

Favorite quote:

Kayla: “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

Nicole: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.” — Marianne Williamson

Something someone would be surprised to learn about you:

Kayla: I have lived in eight different countries across the globe, all thanks to an orange bouncy ball. 

Nicole: I got my motorcycle license in my early 20’s and purchased a motorcycle shortly after. I owned it for three months because, little did I know, riding motorcycles terrified me and I actually hated driving one!

What makes someone fabulous: 

Kayla: Someone who is so full of life and love and is true to themselves—who radiates from the inside out.

Nicole: Their sense of humor. Laughter is medicine and I genuinely admire people who can spread happiness through laughter. 

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