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!
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