Sunday, March 8, 2009

Refinery 29 <3.

The Short Stack: Our Favorite Undersized Models.

Dunno if you've heard, but the coming season of America's Next Top Model will focus on the "shorter" variety of runway walkers. Seems Tyra Banks (herself a healthy 5'10") is trying to up the profile of this overlooked category of models (remember that Agyness Deyn is considered to be undersized at 5'8".) Considering that the average American woman stands at less than 5'4" according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it's a fair issue that perhaps should be discussed in a large format, but we'll leave that to Tyra. We could rattle off many practical (and impractical) reasons why the industry tends to employ young ladies over 5'9"—but instead we'd rather whip up a list of our favorite beauties who fit under fashion's high limbo bar.

Above, clockwise from upper left:

Taylor Warren, 5'8": Emphatically a print model, Warren represents that contingent of It girls for whom attitude is more important than inches.

Kate Moss, 5'7": The reigning queen of fashion always stuck out when parading down the catwalk with women three inches taller than her—but that only seemed to add to her popularity.

Devon Aoki, 5'5": Yes, she's more famous for print and movie work, but Aoki has taken to the catwalk several times despite her size.

Laetitia Casta, 5'6": Granted, she's more or less retired now—but the curvy Costa was similar to Moss in her ability to use her… um… different figure to catapult her to fame.

Lauren Hutton, 5'6": Yeah, we wouldn't have guessed that either, but there it is.

Twiggy, 5"4': It's hard to remember that one of the most dominant models or her or any generation so petite. God bless you, miss.

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I just received pictures from the photographer Magnus Magnusson that shot my story in Morocco. They're AWESOME. I'm going to ask him if I can put them online. :)



RedAzalie said...

i always thought that lauren hutton ( who is one of my style icon )is very tall XD I myself with my 5.7 feel somedays so boring - i mean I am not tall enought to be model or to be model-size and i am not 5.1 or 5.2 to be MK-Ash-SJParker-Kylie type . No - i am usuall 5.7 zzz... but hey it could be worst, for example if i had to heads or something.

And you of course look great as usuall.

rachel gilman said...

not bad company, eh? it's disappointing that you aren't doing runway shows. but give it time-you are young and your profile is only getting bigger. i smell big things for you, in my little humble opinion!

holly isabelle said...

Elizabeth & James!!

Taylor, you're EVERYWHERE! =D

Joelena said...

Taylor it looks like your Von Unwerth editorial is going to see the light of day after all. In the April I-D mag instead of Purple. Check out this thread:


taylor warren said...

Well well well! Hopefully they'll use pictures of all three of us and not just Pete... :(

Yoshi said...

Taylor! You're in ID! I just got the issue today! There's a few photos of pete and there's one of you and Rebecca(?) in the bathtub with peedeee spraying you guys...It's really cute!

Miya said...

hello beautiful! I just wanted to drop a quick note that I'm totally in love with your blog! Its so sad that it took me this long to come across it, and I've been regularly reading fashion blogs for some time now! But I have seen your gorgeous photos before (internet, UO, mags, etc), and now I see the personal photography you have on your blog, and it is beautiful as well! take care! xoxox

taylor warren said...

Yoshi, can you take a snap or scan it for me plz?!?!!!!

Yoshi said...

Here you go darling! There were two more from, one of Rebecca with her hands around Pete and another with just Pete (2 tears painted on near his eye) but Image Shack won't let me upload as I seem to have reached their limit.

taylor warren said...

oh thank you!!! Thats such a shame that's all the printed. That shoot was so amazing. But I guess that's the downfall to doing a story with an UBER CELEB like Petey. haha.

Thank youuu..

Yoshi said...

Pleasure! I remember the shots you've taken during that shoot and they were really cool, I have no doubt the rest of the photos were incredible. Isn't there any way you'll have access to them? I'm sure you can sweet talk Ellen V.E. into sending you some. ;)

Pete's notorious that's for sure, I hear he's been cleaning his act recently though...He has this bad boy image yet I can't help but feel that he's a total sweetheart!

TheMinx said...

I love this :) It makes my 5'7" stature seem totally giant! Kate, Twiggy and Devon have made their names because they're so lovely and unique, which is more important than being a billion inches high.