9 Petite Models Who Changed The Fashion Industry

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The fashion industry is becoming increasingly diverse and is no longer restricted to models with legs for days. Petite models like Lily Rose Depp and Cara Delevigne have proved that you don’t have to be 6-foot tall to take the industry by storm. Here’s a list of 9 petite models who made it big.

By Marcela Ortiz Monasterio

1 Lily-Rose Depp: 5’3”

Lily-Rose made her runway debut with Chanel in 2016. She might be just 5’3, but that definitely didn’t stop her from becoming the muse of fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld.

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2 Cara Delevingne: 5’8”

From modeling to acting and everything in between, Cara has proved that height means little when you have talent. What makes Cara stand out from other models is her charisma, sense of humour and her ability to adapt in a fast changing industry.

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3 Kate Moss: 5’7”

Burberry, Alexander McQueen, Versace, Calvin Klein, Gucci, Dior… you name it, Kate has done it. She’s only 5’7, but the 90’s wouldn’t have been the same without Kate Moss. Thanks to her incredibly successful career, Kate opened the a door for petite models around the world.

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4 Anja Konstantinova 5’4”

Anja’s modeling career sky-rocked in Australia, landing her contracts with IMG Models in Sydney, Elite Model Management in Paris and Marilyn’s Agency in New York. You may have seen her magazine editorials such as Oyster, Marie Clare and Vogue.

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5 Emily Ratajkowski: 5’7”

Emily Ratajkowski became 2013’s IT girl after starring in the controversial music video Blurred Lines. However, instead of just being “the girl from that music video”, Emily capitalized on the sudden momentum and started working with major fashion houses such as Marc Jacobs and MiuMiu.

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6 Amina Blu: 5’1”

This German/Pakistani beauty is no stranger to New York Fashion Week. At 5’1, Amina has walked for Kanye West’s line more than 5 times. With unforgettable looks and signature style, we’re sure Amina will keep making headlines.

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7 Sara Sampaio: 5’7”

At 5’8, it’s up for debate whether Sara classifies as a petite model, but one thing is for sure: she’s one of the shortest models to have ever walked the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Sara recently became the face of Calvin Klein, Balmain, Marchesa, Tommy Hilfiger and Tory Burch.

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8 Devon Aoki: 5’5”

From haute couture runways to being on the cover of the biggest magazines in the world (think Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, i-D and Nylon), Devon Aoki conquered the 90’s alongside her lifelong mentor; Kate Moss.

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9 Twiggy: 5’6”

Twiggy became internationally known as the world’s first supermodel, radicallychanging the beauty standards of the 60’s. She revolutionized the industry in unexpected ways, often portraying androgynous looks. She was also the first model to turn her name into a business: clothing lines, accessories and even dolls were named after her. At one point, she earned more than The Beatles, and that’s saying something.

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These 9 petite models prove that with a unique look and the right attitude, anything is possible.

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