Mercury’s Kristine Anigwe launches clothing brand to empower women

Raina Perez, 2, goes to pass to teammate Ezi Magbegor, 13, as she's guarded by Mercury's Kristine Anigwe, 33, at Phoenix Mercury's preseason opener against the Seattle Storm at the Footprint Center on April 28, 2022, in Phoenix, AZ.

Kristine Anigwe would always get asked about her height growing up.  

At 6-foot-4, Anigwe stands above others, but she never wanted that to define her.  

“They wouldn’t ask me what my name was. I didn’t feel like I was a real person,” she said.  

Anigwe has used height to her advantage in her basketball career, including her current stint with the Phoenix Mercury, but there were some drawbacks in being a tall athlete. Clothing fits a certain mold and athletes like Anigwe have a tough time finding clothes they like that fit them.  

“I used to wear the craziest things to school. I used to wear my dad’s clothes because it fit me,” Anigwe said. “That’s why I love oversized clothing and my dad always wore big pants. I’m wearing these huge pants to school. Everyone was like, what are you wearing? And I’m like, I thought it was cool?” 

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