Model Measurements – Height, Bust, Hips, And Waist sizes of Runway Models

What are the model measurements and height for runway models?

How Tall Are Runway Models?

Model Measurements – Discover the Height, Bust, Hips, And Waist sizes of Female Runway Models!

Last time, we tackled the measurements commonly required of male runway models and some of the other Types of Modeling!  Now, let’s check out what measurements you’ll need if you’re considering a career as a female runway model. These aren’t by any means the absolute requirements for high fashion runway models, but these are good numbers to consider helping you better frame your expectations and calculate your chances.


  • According to the British AMA (Association of Model Agents), the minimum height for a female model should be 5’8”. The safe range commonly stands at 5’9” to 5’11”. Keep in mind that, as with males, sometimes candidates can still get signed even if they’re an inch shorter or taller than the designated range as long as they show they have the looks and the flair to make it work on the runway.

Weight and Build

  • Being between 115-130 lbs. would be a good range for female runway models’ weight. Do note that, as we’ve mentioned in the male runway model measurements article above (Model Measurements), weight can look different depending on the individual.
  • A thin and slender build is generally what’s being required for the runway (If you’re that tall and that light, you’re likely very slender already). While the industry is still perceived as fielding models that are too thin, and runway modeling is still associated with eating disorders and unhealthy habits, many firms are now going with curvy models to keep things balanced and promote better eating habits.

Average Model Measurements

  • The British AMA lists 34-24-34 as the ideal model measurements for runway models, while other sources provide ranges of 32-34 inches for the bust around 26 inches for the waist, and around 35-36 inches for the hips. Again, the particulars will depend on the agency you’re going to audition for as well as the suitability to a particular gig or niche.
  • Numbers can be fickle, and there are times when the measurements don’t really translate into body proportions as they appear in the real world. Sometimes, these prescribed numbers change from time to time, too. The numbers above just happen to be the current set agencies are going with today.

Beyond the Numbers

  • You’ve probably heard about the rest of the package—clear skin, good looks, striking facial features, and nice hair, among others. These things can’t be encapsulated by numbers, so you be the judge. Better yet, have your friends or even your agent be the judge.

There you have it—a quick rundown of the measurements you need to have if you’re eyeing a successful career on the runway. Are your measurements within the prescribed numbers? Good for you, and good luck on your tryouts.

Should you find that the runway is simply not for you, there are still other markets you may decide to explore.  If you love the job and know you have what it takes, don’t be afraid to try other avenues.  If your body doesn’t adhere to the model measurements mentioned above, you can still see if you have the X-factor needed to overcome the physical mismatch. God Bless.


Jonah Taylor, May God Bless your modeling journey!


  • Divya maharjan

    Reply Reply May 19, 2014

    I am of 17years old, my height is 5’8 i want to be a runway model but the problem is that i don’t hav d good figure my bust is 32 waist is 28 n hip is 37 so should i try modeling or not???

    • Hello Divya! You have good height and are of the right age:) plus! There are many fields of modeling outside of just fashion! I would say you should absolutely get involved with a local modeling agency and give modeling a try!!

      Check out The Many Different Types Of Modeling!

  • Olivia Lumsdaine

    Reply Reply June 12, 2014

    Hi Jonah,
    I’m 16, 6’2″ and I weigh 158 lb, I was wondering if there was any point me losing weight and fitting the standards better or does my height stop me? My bust is 34″, waist is 30″ and hips are 38″. Does my height limit the amount of modelling I could do because I’m way taller than everyone else or does it give me an advantage in a way?
    Thanks, Olivia x

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply June 12, 2014

      Your height could be your “X Factor”! Every model should try to differentiate themselves as to stand out from the crowd. Your height may do exactly this. So as I see it, it is a good thing:)

  • Kesha

    Reply Reply August 3, 2014

    Hi Jonah!
    I’m 21 years old. My size is 32-26.5-37, height is 5’6, and weight is 112 lbs. Am I too skinny or little too short to be a model?

  • celaste clark

    Reply Reply August 31, 2014

    Hi jonah,
    I’m 13 years old I’m 5’7 and my weight is 121lbs my measurements are 32 hips,
    34 waist,and my bust is 31. I want to be a model when i grow up but should i start start at 14? many people say i should be a model and photographers says I’m photo genetic so what should i do

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply September 1, 2014

      Hey Celaste! This is what I would recommend.. being that you are still very young, I would wait a little while longer until you are maybe 17 or so. In the mean time I would start getting some professional pictures and start building your portfolio so that when that time comes, you are ready to start submitting your pictures to local agencies and get your self a modeling agency:) I hope this helps you:)

  • ayushi khare

    Reply Reply September 12, 2014

    Hi. .myslf ayushi my age is 16 the problem iz that my chest is 28 so please help to tell how to increase

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply September 12, 2014

      Hello Ayushi! Thanks for commenting! The best way to increase your chest size is to strength train. I would recommend strength training the chest (flat becnh press, dumbell press, dips, etc.) and using the Sample modeling exercise program.

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