It’s universally known that if you want to be a model, you’ve got to be tall. For a lot of us, 5’9″ is a pretty good height, but in the fashion industry, that’s on the shorter side for a model. But that doesn’t mean that girls who aren’t blessed with longer legs can’t still have successful careers. In fact, there are plenty of women who have proved that, although they might not stand as tall as most models, they can still make it–like these 11 top models, all of whom are under 5’9″.
Cara's height has been reported to be anywhere between 5'7" and 5'9.5". One thing's for sure, though, she's definitely not traditional runway height. Her agent once tried to get her cast in Louis Vuitton's Fall 2012 show, but she was cut when Marc Jacobs asked, "Why is that dwarf in there?"
Devon's one of the shortest high fashion models out there, and has enjoyed a lot of success through her career. In the late 90s, she became the face of Versace and also posed for Chanel, Kenzo, Moschino, Fendi and many more. How tall is she? Just 5'5".
Liberty Ross' 5'6" frame certainly was not a problem for Burberry, Emmanuel Ungaro or Jimmy Choo–they all chose her to front their campaigns.
While it helps that your family is one of the most powerful in the publishing industry when you're trying to start a modeling career, Lydia Hearst has had a lot of success–not because of her name. She's landed campaigns for Juicy Couture, Pringle of Scotland, Swarovski and more. Not to mention the sizeable amount of print work she's done for international versions of Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle and more. The 5'7" Hearst has been so successful, that she was chosen to be a mentor for season 2 of Naomi Campbell's modeling reality competition, The Face.
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The 5'7" Victoria's Secret model has been in campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie & Fitch and Levi's.
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Laetitia Casta, AKA the face of Dolce and Gabbana, has had a tremendously successful career in spite of her 5'6" height. The credits are as far as the eye can see: A contract with L'Oreal, a stint as a Victoria's Secret angel, covers of Vogue, Elle, i-D, as well as jobs modeling for Givenchy, Roberto Cavalli, Vivienne Westwood and countless others.