Petite Celebrity Icons from the Past Inspiring the Future
With the abundance of throwbacks recently, it would be a mistake not to reminisce upon the most influential petite women in fashion. After all, style and beauty tends to repeat itself, so it only makes sense to see where our current trends were born at that was with iconic petite celebrities! Before there was Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria or Vanessa Hudgens, the following classic hollywood faces paved the way for the beautiful petite celebrities of today.
Here’s a timeline of when these women were born and the impact that followed on screen and in their style.
1. Lana Turner (5’2″), 1921: This petite actress was the mind behind the pin up trend, and was just as sassy as the combination of red lips and pin curls made her look. Another style she was seen sporting was a long, fitted dress, which had to be custom tailored for her petite frame. She was the woman who caught the attention of every man with her appeal and personality.
2. Bette Davis (5’3″), 1908: This famous petite actress was dubbed “The Fifth Warner Brother” for her tenacious attitude in Hollywood that even made the men in her industry fear her. Davis starred in the movie Fashions of 1934, where her on-screen role as a designer translated into her garments off screen.
3. Judy Garland (4’11”), 1922: Although she was petite in stature, Garland’s musical and acting talents made her a star. She is most widely known for her sparkling ruby red slippers and the blue and white gingham dress she wore as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (1939).
4. Leslie Caron (5’1″), 1931: When you hear the word “ballerina,” some of the images that might pop into your head might be long, delicate legs and cascading arms. The amazingly talented Caron proved the industry wrong with her not-so-lanky legs. The dancer and actress performed alongside Gene Kelley in a number of Broadway performances.
5. Elizabeth Taylor (5’2″), 1932: One of the more familiar petite celebrity icons today, Taylor may be infamous for her marriage scandals, but she’s widely known in the fashion realm for her piercing violet eyes and her diamond obsession.
Each of these fabulously petite women had something to say through the styles they wore. These petites chose to embrace their body type, and as a result, have given us some of the signature beauty and styles that are integrated into our culture today. Not only that but they have also supplied us with much of the nostalgic memories we have and are true inspirations for today’s petite women and non-petites ladies alike!
By Clarissa Burt with Tamara Kraus follow Clarissa on Twitter at @asurmedia and like her on Facebook Clarissa Burt Official.
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