What’s the importance of being a certain height in the world of modelling?

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Unfortunately modelling is not a career everybody can embark on. There tends to be strict criteria in place and if you don’t fit the bill you will find it much, much more difficult to make it in the industry. One of the most stringent criteria which most people are aware of is in relation to height. It is definitely a case of the taller the better in the world of modelling. In fact, a lot of brands won’t hire models who are shorter than 5’8”. Keeping that in mind, let’s dig deeper and discover more about the relationship between modelling and height…

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Firstly, it is imperative to be aware of the fact that there are no ‘rules’ in place per se. It is merely a trend that has emerged in the world of catwalk specifically. Yet this does not mean that if you are short you have absolutely no chance. There are several famous models who are shorter than 5’8”. Kate Moss is probably the most famous example. The English model is 5’6”. Devon Aoki is another example of a model who has had a massive career on the runway despite being only 5’4”. You also have America’s Next Top Model winner Eva Pigford (5’5”), Liberty Ross (5’6”), Audrey Marnay (5’6”) and SelitaEbanks (5’7”). So, it is not impossible. However, you will definitely have a tough challenge on your hands if you want to become a runway model and you are shorter than 5’8”. You need to stand out from the crowd. You’ve got to have something that the brand is going to want; something that makes them overlook your height.

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Nevertheless, there are other areas of modelling which are not as strict as catwalk modelling, especially in terms of height and size. For instance, commercial modelling is known to be more flexible in accepting models of different heights and appearance. Therefore, this is something you may want to consider. Although there are many commercial models who are around 5’6” in height, there is a petite industry to bear in mind. However, you still find it’s a struggle if you are 5’4” or shorter.


A lot of the time you will find that the agency itself has a requirement regarding the minimum height in order to sign up to them. If you are a model of short height it is extremely important to choose your agency with care. Of course you need to make sure you are going to be accepted. Nevertheless, you also need to make sure they are going to help you get jobs even though you are technically going to be starting at a disadvantage. Look at forums and read information left by other models of a short height. They will recommend different agencies to you and alike. After all, there will be those agencies who know which brands are more accepting of shorter models and alike.

Unfortunately the relationship between height and modelling has seen many aspiring models be rejected for certain jobs, especially in the world of catwalk. However, if you know the challenge that lies ahead you will be better equipped to deal with it and there is every chance you can break the mold.

34 Comments to What’s the importance of being a certain height in the world of modelling?

  1. Well, I’m 5’2″, so I guess I don’t stand a chance, lol!!!

  2. I guess modeling is not cut out for me :) I am very much on the short side.

  3. While I don’t think anyone will be looking to hire me for modeling any time soon, I think this is wonderful information for those who have an interest in the modeling business!

  4. Personally I really wish there were more short models–you know–like the rest of us! Maybe then they would make more in petite height sizes!

  5. I always knew modeling was a cutthroat industry but never really knew the depth, especially when it came to height. I didn’t know most models had to be over 5′ 8″.

  6. Interesting information! Height is seller for Models. No doubt!

  7. I would never make it as a model as I am only 5″2.

  8. I never was into the modeling thing, but I do love watching the lol

  9. I’ve always noticed that even beautiful family members and friends who were below a certain height were overlooked for modeling opportunities. I really don’t think that it is fair.

  10. I could never be a model height or not – but it’s odd how we define these things why should someone be a certain height when we are all different. x

  11. Maria

    Great information! It’s great to know that agencies ae aware and making runway modeling for all sizes.

  12. Luckily I have never wanted a career in modeling being that I am apparently too short. What a shame that they are so strict as there are many beautiful women who are shorter than their requirements will let them see.

  13. katherine

    I am 5’5″ and I was asked to be a model by a scout when I was a teenager

  14. The world of modeling is so unrealistic. It’s crazy that the talker and skinnier you are the better

  15. I suppose designers don’t use short models for their sample sizes so I understand the height thing, but I just can’t stand how thin they tend to be. It just doesn’t appear healthy.

  16. I’m a flat five feet, so I have no plans into going to modelling. Plus honestly, I think it’s sometimes too superficial, because not a lot can be a model.

  17. since i’m around 9” shorter than most models, I don’t even look at what they’re wearing. It doesnt’ apply to what it would look like on me.

  18. I’m 5’11 but never thought about modeling. My daughter is 5’7 and she hasn’t either. It’s so hit and miss with that industry and while some people have it and some don’t, it’s also who you know.

  19. Modeling is a tough career and I give credit to anyone that aspires to be a model and is able to fulfill their dream. Especially those that don’t fit the “norm” mold and make it anyway.

  20. I find some models to be so beautiful and some not so much. I had no idea the struggles they may be going through because of their height!

  21. patricia

    Thankfully this is not something I have to worry about. I am 5’4 and too short to ever become a model. I do think that models should come in all heights and sizes.

  22. teresa mccluskey

    I learned some from this! I am only 5’2 so could never be a model. But these women are very beautiful.

  23. height for me really matters when it comes to models or any competition. It’s such an assets wherein each individual can justify fully her/his self-confident in public.

  24. height really matters for modelling, the long legged models looks more stunning when they do the catwalk :)

  25. I think height helps you stand out when it comes to modeling.

  26. nice to know that there are successful models that are at least 5’6″ in height. Gives others who wants to be in the catwalk something to hope for. I believe girls who are lacking in height should work to enhance whatever more striking qualities they have so they’ll stand out in the crowd of taller women.

  27. Good height, that is something that I really wish I had hehehe

  28. it may see that they look relax and easy go lucky but modelling is a very strict as well as frustrating job i believe.

  29. I might qualify for my height but I don’t have the beauty lol as well as the body after having 3 kids. Oh well, I do not wish to be model anyway, they have strict diet and I love to eat ha ha

  30. I never aspired to be a model but I’d wish I am tall lol

  31. tall girls are also the most suitable models. their height advantage not only lets them stand out but also allows any clothes they model to capture anyone’s attention.

  32. I’m 5’7″ and have dreamed of being a model at some point. And I was right to consider my self still short to make it to modelling.

  33. I’ve always thought height is the most important factor in modelling.

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