Become a Model
Lie about height?
by psychomunchkin on September 23 2010
i heard lots of agencies will add an inch to your height. like if you know for certain you are 5'8" and they measure you there and tell you you are 5'9" or if you are 5'7" and say your 5'8"
is this extremely normal for most agencies? do the good ones like elite img ford etc. do this a lot?
so when im looking at model's portfolios on elite.com are the 5'8" models really 5'7" because if they were really 5'8" then they might as well been listed as 5'9"
are there more 5'7" fashion models then we think?
Models are not always listed at their actual height.
yeah, most agencies do. anyone that tells you otherwise is a lie. a lot of girls listed on FMD, the height is not their actual one.
if listed as 5'11...probably is either that height or taller
if listed as 5'9"...may be that height, but good chance is shorter
anyone listed as 5'8", probably shorter
Agencies never list over 5'11" or under 5'8".
If a girl is listed at 5'8' then she 5'5.5"-5'7".
If a girl is listed anywhere between 5'8.5" and 5'9" then she is somewhere 5'7-5'8.5". These girls tend to be the younger ones or are very unique/have special connections.
Once you start seeing models listed at 5'9.5" then they are 5'9" and above, meeting standard criteria.
Girls who are 6'0" and over are listed at 5'11" or 5'11.5".
Some of the top agencies are known to bump up height by a lot if they are trying to really push a girl for a huge, blue chip, catwalk career. Like DNA with Skye Stracke (actually 5'9") and Maryna (5'9") or Trump with Ashley Smith (she's actually just barely 5'7").
Lesser known, secondary agencies can't do this because they don't have the luxury power.
I don't know about Skye....I see her very often and I would say she's taller than 5'9". Maybe 5'10. But you're absolutely right about some agencies really pushing the height!
I don't think she's a true 5'10". She's tall enough but not tall as the girls who measured in at a true 5'10" with feet flat on the floor and tip of the head on the dot. Maybe 5'9.5". But she tells clients she's 5'11" and no where near the girls who are actually that tall.
Lots of big working girls are 5'9" than a true 5'10"! But today there's pressure for girls to be taller and taller and thinner and thinner. In the nineties and the noughties, it was ok for girls to say they're 5'9". Naomi, Linda, Cindy, Heidi, Iman even Isabeli Fontana (who has been around for years!) the list goes on. Today everyone wants 5'11" and size 2! While the 5'9" girls are sidelined to swimwear, beauty, and lingerie!
you're absolutely right! my goodness! pple really end up missing beautiful faces, but whatever, it's what the industry wants. The plus side of narrowing the pool is that less girls can model. I really think too many girls throw away their youth trying to model.