Victoria’s Secret Height Discrimination and Body Stereotypes Live On

By on April 20, 2017
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Victoria’s Secret Height Discrimination and Body Stereotype Lives On and On and On.

BELLA PETITE ANN LAUREN EDITOR NOTES: Tall, tall and more tall! In a never-ending sea of long-legged glamazon women, Victoria’s Secret fashion shows and catalogs (VSC) would have us believe in their fairy tale that all women are tall and super thin as we noted several years ago. This perpetual stereotype casting continues to parody the fashion industry standards.

Victoria's Secret Models 5'9 and taller

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This is a world of make believe that makes women feel inferior and not beautiful if they are shorter than 5’9″ and not a size 0! Even the VS model search blatantly states ” Get measured and be realistic. The ideal height of a Victoria’s Secret Model is 5’9″ standing barefoot with body measurements of 34-24-34. Be Skinny. You must go to the gym. Stop eating junk food. If you are not naturally this thin but have the basic body type of a Victoria’s Secret model, hire a nutritionist and a trainer.” The cherry on top is they will photoshop out your curves, don’t get me started on that issue we’ll save our thoughts for another post in time!

For years the VSC’s televised fashion show beginning in 1990’s featuring supermodels: Tyra BanksHeidi Klum, Karen Mulder, Daniela Pestova, Inés Rivero, and Stephanie Seymour and the bevy of tall, beautiful models continues to current days.

Victoria Secret Models Laetita Casta and Kate Moss

Victoria Secret Models juxtaposed with Laetitia Casta and Kate Moss. Bella Petite Magazine Copyright © 2016

VSC Angels

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In fact, the shortest runway and catalog model was Laetitia Casta at 5’6.  She walked down the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000. Casta was one of the company’s signature Victoria’ Secret Angels from 1998 to 2000. She claims that her career with Victoria’s Secret ended because she was “too much of a rebel.”

We contend that Casta did not fit their ideal height and body stereotype portrayed on the shows and in the catalogs so consequently she was let go.

Then there’s Kate Moss 5’6″ common sense tells us that there’s no secret mystery as to why one of the most recognized supermodels in the world has never made her debut on the VS runway or in the pages of the VSC catalog.

To us, it is odd that Victoria’s Secret doesn’t use petite models to wear lingerie or swimsuits since that is an area of modeling we tend to excel. And we are their target consumer.


Ann Lauren Presents Bella Petite Models Summer Jam

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Bella Petite Models Summer Jam

To commemorate the annual height and body alienating by the Victoria Secret Fashion Show, Catalogs and Angels Model Search we had the bright idea of hosting the all new Annual Bella Petite Models swimsuit and lingerie model search photo contest to give the Glamazons a run for their money!

Atlas Bella Petite Magazine has removed the final barrier for petite women to love their look and their bodies! Afterall, we share a common cause in reality and acceptance for women of all heights, body types, ages, and ethnicities.

Check back daily for new details and to register for our Summer Jam competition. We are looking for the hottest petite female bodies on the beach and in the bedrooms around the world!


A special deal for all those who Register for the Bella Petite Magazine Model Search from today through September 30 2016, you will receive automatic entry into the Bella Petite Models Summer Jam hot body search. Yes, you must submit swimsuit and lingerie graphics!


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  1. "freaky amazon"

    September 13, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    I’m pretty tall at 5’10, just to clarify. I’m also sick and tired of garbage spewed out by petite women cursing out the modeling world.

    I am a model, and I attended modeling school and the first thing the model coach said to the girls (30 of us in total), is that we are no longer humans. We are now clothes hangers, and if they wanted a real and beautiful woman, they would choose a smaller and more feminine woman like you Bella Petite.

    The only reason I can be a model, is because I have no shape and I know it. There is nothing glamorus about being a model on the runway or in print we don’t even look good in person our photos are fake they are photoshopped and it makes me have a poor self image. People always tell me I look best in pictures, makes me sad.

    There are no feminine curves that a large chunk of petite women have. There are no fine lines. Just straight bony shoulders, flat hips, and long legs. That is what we tall gals are to the modeling industry.

    Do you petite women want to be models? Go right ahead. But then you have no right to complain about being called a hanger, and you have to deal with it.

    I have modeled numerous brands, yet only one or two of the brands fit me. I can only fit into the specially made clothes for the shoots, and besides that, the long pants become capris, and the long sleeved shirts become 3/4 length shirts.

    Don’t complain until you know what it’s really like.

    • Alexandra

      October 1, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      Honestly, the modeling industry is just crappy they don’t know anything. I’m sorry to hear your struggles. And This coming from a girl who is 5”5″ . They say one minute that you aren’t good enough to model if you aren’t tall and thin because that’s “supposedly” what they CLAIM is beautiful and then next minute you aren’t human if you are tall … Lol I personally think they should just get actual hangers to walk down their runways or mannequins because their standards are so unrealistic and stupid they don’t know what they want and how to represent women properly.

  2. Regina

    November 2, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I would just love to see shorter models 5’5″ and under, on the runway no matter what their size. That would be a great runway show. All women are beautiful and they should represent that. Not represent such a small percentage of women in this world who are tall and thin/fit. This isn’t right. To be honest Victoria Secret models were my inspiration to get into shape, but I kept giving myself reality checks.. I am not that tall, and I won’t have their exact measurements. I took that into account every day. I just ate healthy and worked out. I do admit that a I follow a few of them on social media, but I also remember that I am my own person and people like me for who I am.
    I have been through a whole lot in my twenty years of life, and would like to just be myself and not someone who I am not. I wish this industry of modeling would represent women who are strong and confident who have natural beauty for runways and fashion, no matter what their height and size. The models they use for fashion aren’t that stunningly gorgeous. It’s surprising. I was in a modeling school when I was sixteen, it was horrifying. Due to were I live I was able to walk the runway at my age and height of 5’0″ then(I am 5’2″ now) (though I didn’t after my experience). I had an instructor/coach who kept us going on the runway, practicing over and over again for three hours straight. No breaks, not even for water. My feet were killing me after words and I had blisters for days. Our coach would make girls cry if they weren’t strong enough. I stuck through, but man it was brutal. One of the girls their turned down an offer from an agency in Paris, France because they told her in order to get the contract she had to lose five more pounds. She was already thin as she could get without looking anorexic. She quit modeling after that and decided to get married and have a family. The modeling industry can be brutal.

  3. Zuzana

    December 9, 2016 at 6:34 am

    I find that silly duck face kissing, they have to do so inapropriate for adult women. When a 30something mother/model has to pretend in their stupid show being naiv and teenagerlike. Why???

  4. Kristin

    December 28, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    I’m a 22 year old female who is 5’4 3/4″, been modeling for 2 YEARS, and tired of taking photoshoots with local photographers. I am ready for something more. Each night I make myself go nuts filling out modeling agency applications hoping my final break will happen. Until then,I have to be strong and never give up. And I taught myself that this world doesn’t owe me anything. If I really want something, I’ll do whatever it takes to reach it. Lets not talk down to the tall girls, because it’s not there fault, but the beauty industry with there standards. I’ve been taught by photographers that tall girls look better in print when it comes to clothing. I do agree, you all have some amazing legs. Is this fair of them to be this way? Ehhh… I’ll let you be the judge of that. What my photographer also taught me is that networking will get you far. No matter where you go or who your photographer is, be respectful and kind. And when you post your amazing pictures on social media, make sure to give them credit. And know that if you’re trying to get your name out there, you have to watch your attitude and what you post. Because agencies could be watching. Best of luck to all of you, and don’t stop being ambitious!

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