There are many myths about the modeling profession that can create confusion for new models which may stop them from pursuing their lifelong dream of becoming a professional model.
While there are certain height requirements for runway models and high-fashion (editorial) models, there is a tremendous amount of work available for models who are under 5′ 9″. Even the big agencies in New York, Paris and Milan, are willing to make exceptions for a model who is a “complete package.”
Supermodel Kate Moss was one of the first to break the height barrier at 5′ 6″ (some agencies list Kate at between 5′ 7″ – 5′ 8″, but most people think that is generous). There are even male models like Aaron Frew who, at just 5′ 7″, is represented by top fashion agency d’Management in Milan, Italy. Agents have been known to hire models who were 5′ 3″ and 5′ 4″ to top agencies Elite Model Management and Ford Models.
But, don’t worry if you can’t get signed to a top fashion agency due to a height issue, because there is a substantial commercial market that is always open to models of all heights.