Models have a reputation for being tall, but the most successful supermodel in the world for the past decade, Kate Moss, is actually only 5’8’’. Some models gained international frame while being even shorter than that with the help of the right photographers.
Discover a few of the shortest famous models, who managed to prove that height isn’t always an obstacle in the world of modeling, whether you’re shooting a campaign or walking the runway at Fashion Week.
Devon Aoki – 5’5” 165 cm
At the age of 16, Devon Aoki became the face of Versace and replaced Naomi Campbell despite her very unusual height for a model. After getting signed to her first modeling agency at the age of 14, Devon Aoki found success as a protégé of Kate Moss.
She was the face of Lancôme cosmetics for four years and her resume includes work for Chanel, Moschino, Hugo Boss, YSL and Fendi.
Eva Pigford (Marcille) – 5’5” 165 cm
Winner of the third cycle of “America’s Next Top Model”, Eva Pigford changed her name to Eva Marcille once she started pursuing an acting career. She’s one of the shortest famous models at only 5’5”, but still modeled for DKNY, CoverGirl and appeared in many fashion magazines from Elle to Essence.
Twiggy – 5’6” 167 cm
The most famous supermodel of the ‘60s was also very short. Twiggy’s big break came after she was declared “The Face of ‘66” by Daily Express and in just a year she appeared in 13 fashion shoots for different editions of Vogue Magazine. She’s worked with some of the biggest fashion photographers in the world and successfully transitioned to singing and acting.
Jenny Shimizu – 5’6” 167 cm
Renowned for her Calvin Klein CK1 ads, Jenny Shimizu is one of the shortest famous models and her career also includes ads for Jean Paul Galtier, Thierry Mugler, Banana Republic and Donna Karan. She also appeared on fashion related TV shows like “America’s Next Top Model” and “Make Me a Supermodel”.
Laetitia Casta – 5’6” 167 cm
One of the most famous French supermodels, Laetitia Casta was discovered at the age of 15 and found success both as a model and an actress. Her resume includes modeling for Lous Vuitton, Vivienne Westwood, Ralph Lauren, Roberto Cavalli and many other designers. She appeared on the cover of Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan and has been a brand ambassador for L’Oréal Paris cosmetics since 1998.
Audrey Marnay – 5’6” 167 cm
Another French model that turned to acting, Audrey Marnay is one of the shortest famous models thanks to her work for Calvin Klein and Versace and magazine covers for Elle and Vogue. She’s also worked with some of the most renowned fashion photographers in the world, from Jean-Baptiste Mondino to Steven Meisel.
Josie Maran – 5’6” 168 cm
Another unusually short model that found success despite it, Josie Maran appeared on the cover of Glamour magazine at the age of 20 and followed it up with two Guess? campaigns. She’s also knows for appearing in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for three consecutive years and signing a multi-year contract with Maybelline.
Liberty Ross – 5’7” 170 cm
The British beauty is one of the shortest famous models. At only 5’7”, she managed to work with some of the biggest brands in the business, from Burberry and Dior to Emanuel Ungaro and Jimmy Choo. She was also honored at Model of the Year in 2000, at the Elle Style Awards. After taking a three year break to focus on her family, Ross hasn’t managed match her previous success.
Lydia Hearst – 5’7” 170 cm
Socialite and heiress, Lydia Hearst also found success in modeling despite her unusual height. She’s worked with major brands from Prada and Louis Vuitton to DKNY and Roberto Cavalli, while also making the cover of Vogue multiple times in international editions of the fashion magazine.
Selita Ebanks – 5’7” 170 cm
Being a Victoria’s Secret Angel from 2005 to 2009 isn’t Selita Ebanks’ only fashion accomplishment. She’s one of the shortest famous models, but she managed to become the 12th highest paid supermodel in the world in 2008. Her work includes campaigns for DKNY and Abercrombie & Fitch, and she also appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue of 2007.