By Emma Pearson @emma_pear

LEGGY student Chase Kennedy believes she has the longest legs in America

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Videographer / Director: Patrick Fallon
Producer: Tom Midlane, Nick Johnson
Editor: Chris Bardy

Recipe for success: Chase says her extreme height - she is 6'5 in flats - made her first pick in sports at school

And while she is busy building a career as a model, she has been turned down by some agencies for being too TALL.

The 6’ 5" beauty’s pins measure a lengthy 51 inches – which is 0.9 inches off the world record.

The 22-year-old, from California, was nicknamed ‘legs’ and ‘giraffe’ in school, but says that her assets have helped her excel in sports.

Now Chase has emerged to trump the current US record holder, Holly Burt - whose legs measure an impressive 49.5 inches.

The 22-year-old, from California, said: “I am proud of my legs – I wouldn’t want anything different.

Leggy: Chase Kennedy's legs measure an incredible 51 inches in length

“I believe I hold the record for America’s longest legs and I love being tall.

"When I saw Holly’s video on Barcroft TV I was kind of bummed because I thought maybe her legs were longer than mine and I will never get the title.

"But then I measured myself and found out I am actually longer than Holly’s legs."

Ambition: Chase is hoping to make a career in modelling...
…however some top agencies have told her she is too tall

Chase is currently in a relationship with 6ft 4in Jason but she admits that dating has been a problem in the past.

She said: “I feel that men are intimidated by my height and it can be hard to find someone who is taller.

“In high school dating was very difficult because men were intimidated by my height and I towered over a lot of them.

“When I date I prefer taller guys but I have dated shorter guys who are like a couple of inches shorter.

“It really doesn’t matter to me too much as long they’re not below 6’ 1."

Strike a pose: Chase on the beach in San Luis Obispo, California
Chase towers over the opposition during a school volleyball game

But although she now has confidence in her sizeable stride, Chase hasn’t always loved her height.

By the time she started high school at 13-years-old, she already measured 6”1 – above the height of the average adult man.

Chase said: “When I was younger, I wished I was smaller just so I could blend in.

“Because you are standing out, it’s kind of hard to feel like you belong. People would make comments about it and call me ‘twiggy’ or ‘giraffe’.

“When I was in high school, I always wore flats and I would see girls in high heels at dances and I’d always want to be able to do that.

“I was always just so awkward that I didn’t want to stand out or anything.

“But as I have grown older I feel like it’s better, it makes me who I am.”

Standing tall: Chase (centre, back) during her fifth grade school talent show

Aside from the taunts, Chase’s stature made her popular in sports including volleyball and basketball.

Chase said: “I played in high school and it definitely helped in getting picked for a team. In those sports you always want the taller person.”

When Chase was a teenager she was scouted several times by modelling agencies, but as she continued to grow, the offers began to dry up.

Chase with Lauren Williams, the former holder of the title of America's longest legs
Chase smiles for the camera

Chase said: “I have been getting into modelling for the past three years.

“I’d go to agencies like Next or Ford or any of these large ones and they would look at me and turn me away because of my height.

Neverending: Chase showcases her 51" inches legs on the beach

“Being so tall, a lot of the agencies have height limits that are 5' 11”.

“So when you have someone that’s 6’ 5” walking in they will like my look but then say we can’t do anything with you. So then I would just go out the door.

“A lot of agencies in LA have a height limit. The highest I have seen is 6 foot but usually it’s 5' 11".

Such great heights: Chase and her brother Shane
Chase during a middle school volleyball match

“I actually had agencies tell me that they never had to turn someone away because they are too tall - it’s usually because they are too short.”

Shopping for clothes can also be difficult.

Chase said: “Buying clothes is a challenge because of my legs are so long.

Chase with dad Matthew, who is 6’7, and mum Chris who is 5’11
Measuring: Chase beat the record of Holly Burt

“So if I was to try on shorts that would be a normal length on someone else, thy would look like short shots or underwear on me. So skirts and dresses are all a little bit of a struggle.”

Chase’s height comes as no surprise as her dad Matthew stands at 6’ 7" and her mum Chris is 5’ 11", and her brothers Shane and Devin are 6’ 5" and 6’ 6".

Chase said: “I feel sorry for anyone who sits behind us at the cinema – we’re like a human wall.”