Well, if you have the choice of playing a tall, ethereally beautiful elf that is full of grace (elves used to be quite short as well for what it's worth, they used to average 5 foot tall) or a stocky, grumpy, bearded fellow who has a reputation for being a crude drunkard and comic relief, who would you pick?what makes races seem cool anyway aside from being competently made? should we make a thread to discuss?
I mean I like playing into the taciturn, pragmatic dwarf with a funny accent or the happy-go-lucky always optimistic halfling. So I'm not the right person to ask. All I know is that when they've done studies where they have people rate men's attractiveness then use camera angles to make the same model look taller or shorter the "taller" version ranks far higher on the attractiveness scale. When I've suggested a campaign with short races only (primarily dwarves) I always have someone who flat out refuses. Run a campaign with all elves and they're practically handing me their character sheets before I get the words out of my mouth.
So I don't think there is a fix, or at least not one that will work universally. Not even sure there needs to be one.