Shortest Runway Models [Petite Models] Twiggy, Kate Moss, Devon Aoki

By on October 1, 2016
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Devon Aoki Bella Petite High Fashion Runway Model. Bella Petite Magazine Copyright © 2016


Shortest Runway Models, Twiggy, Devon Aoki and Kate Moss. Bella Petite Magazine Copyright © 2016

Few petite models have made an impact on the runways. The first actual petite model to do that was the British 60’s iconic supermodel 5’4″ Twiggy. Twiggy was not a petite celebrity, she was in fact, the high fashion model who is recognized as the original waif model responsible for the trend away from shapely women.

Twiggy represented a generation of new British supermodels. Oddly enough, her look lead the trend away from petite models, as opposed to opening doors for petite models to have fashion industry acceptance. Up to that point, typically models were mainly the celebrity petite actresses of the era.

Most of the models prior to the 60’s were in fac,t iconic petite celebrities. Interestingly, Twiggy was and still remains the shortest runway model reaching supermodel status!

Looking back through the photo archives, Twiggy’s waif look created an illusion of height. She looked taller than 5’4″ and with heels, she didn’t look petite at all. She carried herself with style and confidence as she was light on her toes dancing her way down the runway with real petite fashion style!

For now, the shortest runway model of our generation is 5’3″ Devon Aoki, who has modeled for designers such as Chanel, Fendi, and Givenchy. Devon has been quoted as saying “I think it’s important that there is a change, especially in fashion. I’m pleased to be a part of a ‘new breed’ of models who perhaps don’t exactly fit the status quo.” She is perfectly aligned with the Bella Petites mantra!

For the last twenty years waif model 5’6″ Kate Moss who is “not technically petite,” she is “middle height” has worked steadily as a runway and print model.

Despite successful models Twiggy, Kate and Devon, the fashion standards are still not reaching out to petite women.

Bella Petite Magazine is the catalyst that the market requires for petite women to establish market identity. We are opening the doors for petite women to rejoice in the celebration of making it through the golden gates of beauty and fashion!

Article Written By: Ann Lauren

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  2. Mary otu

    June 7, 2012 at 3:35 am

    I think shorter models walk perfect in the runway than the taller they should be given a chance to participate also on the runway.

  3. Misty

    July 31, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I am 4′ 10″ and i still have the great body shape, the cute features, and all the stuff a model has. I just dont get any opportunities because of my height.

  4. izzy

    December 6, 2012 at 10:25 am

    this actually annoys me so much i mean there are so many beautiful woman out there who would be amazing runway models but they dont get the chances to do it because they are short! what are we trying to tell the younger generation that if you do not look the a certain way that you are not pretty that if your short you wont be able to get career in high end fashion?!?!!?

    xoxo -Izzy

  5. Alex

    December 26, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I’m only 5’2 and a half to 5’3 and I have been told that I’m way to short to model. You have to be at least 5’7. Oh well. I still love being short. It really puts down a lot of people though. What has this generation come to?

    • bellapetite

      December 27, 2012 at 1:57 am

      Hi Alex, the modeling industry was discriminatory until Bella Petite Magazine and our models search. Take heart our generation is all about change!

  6. beverly

    January 25, 2013 at 7:55 am

    i dont get the point why should models be tall! there are real good short models exspecialy in my city, i’m one of them and short models are can do better then tall models…

  7. minniebad

    April 4, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    the industry is pretty cut throat but shorter models have a greater advantage and more opportunity than your 5’7 and up model. me being a 5’3 model ii can do print i can do movies i can do music videos commercial and many more things it does sadden me that i might not ever get the chance to be a high fashion model but have done run way being only 5’3 i do agree that shorter models do indeed walk better on runway

  8. Chelsea Gunderson

    January 31, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    I want to be the worlds shortest model, 5’2 and determind

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  11. Alexis

    July 10, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Im only 5’2 and truly believe that if I was at least 5’8 I could be a model, which is my dream. Oh well, maybe someday petite models will be recognized…

  12. Carley

    July 16, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Luv this so much! BellaPetite is the best magazine~

  13. Carla

    July 21, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Luv bellapetite always a good read!

  14. Tanesha

    September 10, 2014 at 2:14 am

    I read a lot of interesting articles here. Probably you spend a lot of time writing and it shows that is why I come back to you everyday!

  15. Geri

    October 7, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Love this! My dream has come true for petite fashion magazine! Thanks!

  16. Hannah

    July 28, 2015 at 6:45 am

    Height isn’t all that. In my mind, beauty and brains is going to be the next top thing. Who doesn’t love a girl who is flawless on the outside but also has a bit of class and brains on the inside. I mean, basically every guy loves a killer body, but they also love a smart ass personality.

    I would love to be known to the world for the shortest model ( 5’0″) but instead I want to be known for the world greatest Orthopedic surgeon.

  17. maria

    September 8, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    I’m 5’2 I would love to be a model but I’m scare to go to auditions because of my height.

  18. ven

    June 17, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    I’m just 4’8 and I’m 14 years old. Do I have a chance to be taller??

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