Short models:

Short models:

Are there famous short models?

Petite models often find it difficult to find work due to the strict nature of the fashion industry, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible! Petite models can work in commercial, catalogue, glamour and body-part modelling just like “normal” sized models (who are around 5’8 plus).

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A petite model generally measures between 5’2” and 5’6” tall. Their hip, waist and bust sizes also tend to mirror their height (slightly smaller than the common male or female). Petite models are most ordinarily employed to model clothes for petite fashion collections but are still required to own the identical great looks, personality, professionalism and confidence as the other model.

28 Successful Short Models

  1. Twiggy
  2. Kate Moss
  3. Lily-Rose Depp
  4. Anja Konstantinova
  5. Devon Aoki
  6. Funda Onal
  7. Hailey Baldwin
  8. Sofia Richie
  9. Camille Rowe
  10. Laetitia Casta
  11. Eva Pigford
  12. Marilyn Monroe
  13. Jenny Shimizu
  14. Audrey Marnay
  15. Josie Maran
  16. Liberty Ross
  17. Lydia Hearst
  18. China Machado
  19. Selita Ebanks
  20. Dayle Haddon
  21. Bambi Northwood-Blyth
  22. Yamila Diaz-Rahi
  23. Georgia May Jagger
  24. Charlotte Free
  25. Cara Delevingne
  26. Emily Ratajkowski
  27. Marisa Miller
  28. Isabella Rossellini

Successful Petite Models

Models who have defied the stereotypical image related to top designers, catwalks and campaigns are carving a path for his or her fellow petite models.

Inspiring, successful models have ignored the peak restriction demonstrating that a smaller stature IS required within the fashion landscape. Their unique looks and killer poses has ensured that their height measurement has gone unnoticed.

Successful petite models are making a control in an exceedingly tall girls stomping ground, ignoring the confinements beset them


Surprisingly, this British icon of the sixties was only 5’4”. She revolutionised the stereotypical look of the age, beginning a replacement breed of supermodels.

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Her height isn't discussed because of her confident persona that demands attention. Also, her waif like figure suggests that her height may be a lot taller, especially with the addition of heels. She remains the shortest model with such a supermodel status!

Anja Konstantinova

An exception to the rule is Russian-Australian model, Anja Konstantinova. Her impressive repertoire includes Vogue, Marie Claire, Urban Outfitters and French Connection. At 5’4″ her height isn't a difficulty with each shot demanding attention together with her striking features, luscious blonde locks and natural posing instincts.

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The successful petite model, who was discovered in a very Melbourne hair salon, has received plenty of rejection in her career, yet continues to interrupt boundaries during a predominately tall arena.

She explains: “People in Australia don’t accept shorter girls because they're a small amount harder to figure with, you've got to photograph them in a very certain way.”

Devon Aoki

Devon Aoki is listed with big apple model agency One Management as 5’5” and has appeared as a billboard girl for H&M’s Isabel Marant’s H&M collaboration. She has defied conventions by appearing on the runway for Chanel, Lancome and Versace; a proud moment for all petite models.


She has also starred in ad campaigns for YSL, Moschino and Fendi – to call some – and landed acting roles too (you may recognise her from 2 Fast, 2 Furious, Sin City and DOA: Dead or Alive). Devon has graced the duvet of i-D magazine 3 times, been the face of Lancome for four years and walked for Chanel.

Funda Onal

Turkish (but born and raised in Sheffield) Funda Onal is 5’5″. She has Nike, Adidas and Reebok on her modelling CV alongside video work for Tinie Tempah, Calvin Harris and Kid Cudi.


She has never let her smaller frame hinder her dreams of becoming a model. Her luscious brown locks and striking facial expression draw the main focus removed from her height.

Kate Moss

If you recognize a thing or two about modelling you’ll also know Kate Moss is just 5’6” (and is an extreme exception to the haute couture rule). Becoming an icon within the model and fashion world, Kate Moss is recognised worldwide for her work. Her height is in no way a difficulty as she continues to dominate the supermodel title.

Types of Work Available for Petite Models

Other than Moss, most petite models find work as commercial and catalogue models. If they add fashion it's generally with street brands specialising in petite clothing. it's very rare for a petite model to seek out high-fashion work on the catwalk or for designer labels – but it isn’t impossible.


Petite models aren’t restricted when finding work. because of a boom in brands catering for men and ladies with smaller frames and shorter legs, petite models are being employed to stay up with industry demand.


Lingerie and swimwear modelling also doesn’t demand height with brands more concerned with showcasing their designs. A fuller bust, pert derriere and toned torso become a better priority than your height statistic.


Petite models might not feature on the Victoria’s Secret runway but street brands, catalogue and independent designers will prefer a physique that promotes their lingerie/swimwear within the best light and are less inquisitive about your height.

Body Part Modelling

This industry focuses on specific body parts, so it won’t matter if you’re on the short side. Shapely pins, a pert derriere, piercing eyes or delicate hands will be under scrutiny at castings. It is important to take great care of your specialised body part to avoid scratches, blemishes, broken nails etc. Some models even insure their body part; Heidi Klum’s legs are said to be worth a whopping $2 million!

A petite model should explore their options in the body part modelling world to find new opportunities to expand their repertoire. 

Glamour Modelling

This industry is more relaxed about height, with their main objective specializing in an outsized bust, slim waist and pert derriere. Glamour models are recognised for his or her provocative poses and nude exposure instead of their height.


You need to be perfectly comfortable with flashing some flesh before thinking of entering this industry.

Beauty Modelling

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Promoting cosmetics and sweetness products typically doesn’t involve a full-body shot, therefore a model’s height is irrelevant. An eye, lip or full-face close-up is sometimes featured within the campaign to advertise a mascara, lipstick or foundation. To be hired as a beauty model, clients will concentrate on a specific area like piece modelling.

TV/ Advertising

The TV advertising world covers a range of subjects ensuring that those that appear before of the camera are available in all heights. you may have to have acting skills so as to form it during this industry.


As with fashion modelling, certain shows or programmes may have certain requirements for height, though opportunities are going to be available for those with a shorter stature.

Gender Discrimination

It may not be fair but a female petite model is more successful than a male petite model. Smaller gents aren't hired as height could be a key issue. Towering 6 foot-plus heights are favoured for men, as it’s thought that those with smaller measurements stand out.


Female models have the advantage of heels that may easily add 2-3 inches, with the peak gap to shut considerably. Men don't have this luxury, exposing their 5’8″ physique instantly.


This means that at the present the catwalk is off bounds for shorter men, but piece, TV, fitness and catalogue modelling is more realistic.

How To Make The Most of your Petite Frame

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Try to not draw attention to your shorter height when interacting with clients and via visual communication. You’ll need to work extra hard to induce noticed; meaning standing tall and learning to intensify your height in photos. Never be caught slouching and make certain to figure on poses that elongate your lines.


A good posture and a robust stature goes an extended way in presenting yourself at a casting, agency meeting and photoshoot. If you wish practise before of the camera, UK Models offers a photoshoot and professional portfolio for aspiring models.

How To Become a Petite Model

We hope our introduction to petite modelling has reassured you that as a shorter framed model, you continue to have every chance of finding career success. When it involves starting your career we advise you are taking the identical route as a mainstream model, perhaps considering specialist petite agencies as you are doing.

Do your research and discover what sort of modelling you're curious about and what key traits are required for achievement. Before investing in your career you wish to take care that modelling is that the right path for you. Will you be trying to seek out work as a list model, or even a glamour model? Visit our homepage and click on on either the ‘Male Modelling’ or ‘Female Modelling’ tab for a full breakdown of the categories of modelling work.

  1. See if you enjoy modelling. attempt to get the maximum amount experience as possible before entering into the important world of photoshoots and posing.
  2. Think about creating a portfolio. this can not only facilitate your practice posing but also get valuable experience. UK Models work with aspiring models each day to supply industry-standard pictures, so why not tie the 2 together and acquire pictures and a few experience by working with us? Send us a web form if you’re fascinated by looking into this idea.
  3. Approach agencies relevant to your style, particularly agencies that specialize in working with a petite model. they're more likely to possess clients on their books that require and wish petite models than a mainstream agency.; this may naturally increase your chances of getting work.

How Can UK Models Help a Petite Model?

Owning a group of professional shots may be a good way of launching your career as a petite model. the pictures can sit in your portfolio to showcase your talent and make a powerful identity for your website. Agents and employers can view each resource to search out a model suitable. Shots should therefore be of prime quality to impress. Here at UK Models, we are able to provide this service to make sure that the pictures highlight your potential.

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