They say that “good things come in small packages,” and with these celebrities, that statement holds true. According to Healthline, the average height for women in the United States is about 5 foot 4 inches tall. This average has increased slightly over time, and research relates it to the quality of nutrition in infancy and childhood. The study even links a population’s height to its standard of living.
Even in the fashion world, female fashion models used to have to be at least 5’9″ to get booked for gigs. In the age of inclusion, models of all heights and sizes are walking the runways and appearing in fashion spreads. For example, rising model Gabbriette Bechtel is only 5’4″. Her accomplishments so far include starring in campaigns for Marc Jacobs, Nike, and Savage X Fenty, to name a few. She has also walked the runway for Vera Wang, Diesel, and Dsquared2, and has been featured in CR Fashion Book, Dazed, and Vogue.
For actors and singers, their marketability comes from their image in the cutthroat world of Hollywood. Height can play a factor when it comes to roles that want taller women, but for actresses like Salma Hayek and Lucy Liu who are 5’2″ and 5’3″ respectively, they have received many accolades for their roles in film. A number of short women have even won Oscars for Best Actress, including 4’10” Mary Pickford in 1929, 5’1″ Sissy Spacek in 1980 and 5’1″ Reese Witherspoon in 2005. Two time winners include 5’2″ Sally Field in 1979 and in 1984 and Jodie Foster in 1988 and again in 1991. These female stars don’t let their below average height stop them from being seen and heard in this competitive industry. In fact, some of these stars on this list are regarded as some of the most successful people in the entertainment industry.
See which of these female celebrities are under 5’3″ below: