I have been working in the modelling industry for almost 5 years now and I have experience numerous setbacks due to my height. Time and time again a taller skinny model has been selected opposed to myself. Also numerous modelling agencies list requirements for a model to be a minimum height of 5ft 7″, even though the average woman in the UK is 5ft 4″. It really annoys me as I feel that all women should be entitled to fashion and to feel confident with their bodies and not feel pressured into having to have a super skinny, tall and unhealthy image. I have gone down the route of promoting petite modelling due to the challenges with height and body shape that I have faced so far in the past 5 years. I have spoken to numerous photographers who don’t have a problem with working with petite models however, the fashion industry and agencies continue to demand tall skinny models, which pressures people into unhealthy habits. I am strongly against this.
I have recently created the group, Perfectly Petite in order to promote petite modelling and I aim to demonstrate that nobody should have to change their appearance, especially using drastically unhealthy measures in order to become a successful model. Not only does the “strict regulations” of the fashion industry cause unhealthy life choices, it also has a great emotional impact as well. I for one have found myself upset due to set backs regarding my height. I have met a number of other petite models in the industry who have similar views to myself. This accompanied with all of the above led me to creating Perfectly Petite. I have been contacting numerous magazines and so far I have had a good response. I am aiming to promote the group, a healthy body image, change these strict regulations and also raise funds for charity at the same time.
If you too feel that us little ladies need to be represented in the modelling industry, join the Perfectly Petite campaign here.
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