So why do models have to be tall? I mean, Why don’t we see many shorter models? There are a couple of significant reasons for this. The truth is, models are needed in all shapes and sizes, but the one thing that they will all likely share is that they will be somewhat tall. Of course this does not mean that if an individual is not above average height that they cannot model. It is just a rule of thumb that models will be expected to be on the taller side. So what are the reasons for this? Generally speaking, Why do models need to be tall?
From a Visual Perspective. The main reason models are generally needed to be tall is that they appear to fit the clothing better. For example; take a woman who is 5’4″ and then take a woman who is 5’10”. The woman who is 5’4″ will not display the clothing as well as the woman who is 5’10”. The idea is that the clothing will hang nicely while on the tall individual, as if on a hanger.
If an individual is too short the clothing will bunch up and wrinkle, not looking as smooth and flowy as most designers desire. This is the same reason manikins are generally tall! (For more information on height requirements, check out: Why Models Have To Be Tall and How Tall Should Models Be?)
From a Physical Perspective. The other stigma is a matter of displayed confidence. Remember your mother telling you to find a tall, dark, and handsome man. No mother ever told her daughter to find a short, pale and ugly man. Being tall naturally puts off a confident and attractive display. This doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true as there are plenty of confident and attractive individuals in the world who are not tall. But at first glance, being tall is a symbol of confidence and attraction.
The hard truth is, being tall generally looks more appealing at first glance for the individual as well as the clothing. The model may look more confident and attractive if they are tall and the clothing may look better as it displays well on a taller model. But! There are always exceptions.
If you are not tall, do not let this stand in your way. There are numerous fields of modeling that do not require the same height standards. Fitness models, lingerie models, bikini models etc. (read, The Many Types of Modeling) are just a few examples of modeling fields that a shorter than average individual may pursue. Do not let height stand in the way of your passion. Passion trumps all standards.