We are often told that to be a model, you must first and foremost be tall, slender and beautiful. These successful models got to the top despite being vertically challenged:
Twiggy made history in the Sixties by not only being one of the shortest models at 1,64 metres, but also becoming the world’s first supermodel. The 17-year-old’s boyish haircut, short stature and exaggerated lashes quickly became iconic. Despite her comment that ‘nothing ever fitted me; what you don’t see in the photographs is the bulldog clips and safety pins at the back’, Twiggy was a regular feature on the pages of Vogue and other fashion magazines.
Kate Moss has had one of the longest modelling careers, spanning over 20 years. She was scouted when she was 14 and stood at an average height of 1,68-metres tall. The rumour is that her agency thought she would grow taller, but she never did. And, as it turned out, she never needed to. Although she worked in a generation of towering Amazonian models, Kate’s ‘heroin chic’ attitude and sphinx-like features have earned her over 300 magazine covers thus far, and she’s still going strong.
At just 1,61 metres tall, Devon Aoki is the world’s shortest supermodel. She started modelling at age 13 when her godmother introduced her to Kate Moss. By age 16, she replaced Naomi Campbell (who is 1,78-metres tall) as the face of Versace. She has also modelled for Lâncome and Chanel, and says, ‘I’m pleased to be a part of a “new breed” of models who perhaps don’t exactly fit the status quo.’
Laetitia Casta started modelling at age 15 and has since been featured on over 100 magazine covers. She stands at an average height of 1,68 metres. The French beauty has also modelled for L’Oréal, Dior and Chanel, and is a former Victoria’s Secret Angel.
Eva also stands at 1,68-metres tall. She became famous as the first African-American model to win America’s Next Top Model. She was known as Eva Pigford before she changed her name in order to pursue an acting career without using her fame as a model. The ‘middle height’ model has worked for DKNY and CoverGirl (American cosmetics brand).
Devaksha Vallabhjee, CT Intern