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

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

Devon Aoki Bella Petite Runway Model

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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  • Mary otu
    Posted at 03:35h, 07 June Reply

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

  • Misty
    Posted at 11:33h, 31 July Reply

    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.

  • izzy
    Posted at 10:25h, 06 December Reply

    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

  • Alex
    Posted at 08:28h, 26 December Reply

    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
      Posted at 01:57h, 27 December Reply

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

  • beverly
    Posted at 07:55h, 25 January Reply

    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…

  • minniebad
    Posted at 16:56h, 04 April Reply

    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

  • Chelsea Gunderson
    Posted at 13:20h, 31 January Reply

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

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  • Alexis
    Posted at 22:42h, 10 July Reply

    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…

  • Carley
    Posted at 18:49h, 16 July Reply

    Luv this so much! BellaPetite is the best magazine~

  • Carla
    Posted at 00:11h, 21 July Reply

    Luv bellapetite always a good read!

  • Tanesha
    Posted at 02:14h, 10 September Reply

    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!

  • Geri
    Posted at 23:42h, 07 October Reply

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

  • Hannah
    Posted at 06:45h, 28 July Reply

    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.

  • maria
    Posted at 12:57h, 08 September Reply

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

  • ven
    Posted at 23:15h, 17 June Reply

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

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  • Jan
    Posted at 22:44h, 07 November Reply

    Interesting Post! thanks bella! Best mag!

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