The Top Petite Models That Made It Big

In the modeling world, it seems like models 5’9 and above reign supreme, but petite models are capably of making it big, too. In the past, many models have been unable to work because they weren’t ‘the right’ body type for the job. While we still tend to associate modeling with the tall and the thin, the profession has definitely evolved. Today, models of all shapes and sizes are taking the modeling world by storm.

Petite models are models that are much smaller in height and general proportion than the rest of their modeling comrades. Together, petite models have revolutionized the modeling world and challenged our perceptions of what truly constitutes a model. In the industry, petite models have broken barriers, overcome adversities, and reinvented the standards of modeling.

Below are some of the top petite models in the industry

Lily-Rose Depp

At 5’3, Depp made her runway debut with Chanel in 2016. She has appeared on the cover of Vogue and has done extensive work with Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld.

Emily Ratajkowski

While Ratajkowski first appeared in the music video “Blurred Lines,” her career took off soon after. As a 5’4 model, Ratajkowski has worked for designers MiuMiu and Marc Jacobs.

Sara Sampaio

At 5’7, Sampaio has been one of the shortest models to walk the Victoria Secret Fashion Show. Throughout her career, she has been on the cover of Vogue and has become the face of Tory Burch, Calvin Klein, and Tommy Hilfiger.

Anja Konstantinova

Hailing from Australia, Konstantinova is 5’4 and has truly rocked the modeling world. She has appeared in magazines such as Vogue, Marie Clare, and Oyster.

Devon Aoki

At 5’5, Aoki has done it all. She has walked on runways and has been on the cover of high fashion magazines such as Vogue and Nylon. Aoki’s work has also helped lay the groundwork for petite models in the industry.

Eva Marcille

As winner from America’s Next Top Model, Marcille has modeled for DKNY, Cover Girl, and Elle. While she is only 5’5, Marcille has had success in both modeling and acting.

Laetitia Casta

At 5’6, Casta has modeled for Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, and Roberto Cavalli. She has also been extremely successful as an editorial model. Casta has appeared on Vogue, Elle, and Cosmopolitan.


Twiggy was one of the most famous models in the 1960s and has appeared in many different editions of Vogue. At 5’6, Twiggy has become an icon for the fashion, modeling, and photography community.

Kate Moss

While Moss is only 5’7, the fashion industry wouldn’t be the same without this famous icon. Moss has worked for Burberry, Versace, Calvin Klein, Gucci, and Dior. As a model, Moss has helped to set the stage for petite models everywhere.

Cara Delevingne

As an actress and a model, Delevingne has brought immeasurable talent to the industry. At 5’8, she might not seem that petite, but by traditional runway modeling statards she is. Delevigne has taken the modeling world by storm with her charisma and witty personality.