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Is Petite Modeling the New Body Positive Trend?

Updated: Jun 16

In the ever-evolving world of fashion, body positivity has taken significant strides. From plus-size models to those representing disabilities, the runway has become a more inclusive space. However, one group has long been overlooked: petite models. Traditionally, the industry has considered models under 5'9" to be petite, with icons like Kate Moss setting the standard. Yet, a refreshing shift is on the horizon.

Miami Swim Week has recently shattered the conventional mold, featuring models of all ages, shapes, and heights, including those standing at just 5'2". This groundbreaking move raises a critical question: is the modeling industry finally ready to embrace the everyday woman?

Image by Remington Jay Photography

Given that the average height for women in the United States is around 5'3.5", the push for more petite models is both timely and necessary. The representation of petite models on major runways not only mirrors the real-life diversity of women's bodies but also reinforces the message that beauty is not confined to a specific height.

The inclusion of petite models signifies a broader embrace of body positivity, extending beyond mere size to encompass height diversity. As the fashion industry continues to evolve, the recognition of petite models may well be the next frontier in promoting a more inclusive and realistic standard of beauty.

In our interview with model and actress Jewell Negin Farshad, an Iranian-born model, she shares her life story growing up in Iran and the adversity and challenges she faced as a woman. From being restricted in what she could wear at public beaches to having to cover up in compliance with the rules of the Islamic regime, Farshad’s experiences highlight the severe limitations placed on women. Iran, once a modern country in the 70’s, saw a drastic change after the Islamic regime took power, stripping women of many freedoms.

Farshad’s journey and persistence in representing women of Iran shine a light on the suffering and resilience of women under the Islamic regime, particularly within the context of the Woman, Life, Freedom movement. Her story underscores the importance of visibility and representation in the modeling industry, not just for petite models but for women worldwide who are fighting for their rights and freedoms.

Image by Bullshot Photography

As we celebrate these advances, it's worth asking: is petite modeling the new body positive trend? The answer seems to be a resounding yes. By aligning the runway more closely with the reality of the everyday woman and amplifying voices like Farshad’s, the fashion industry is taking significant steps toward a more inclusive and empowering future.

By ML Staff. Images courtesy of Bullshot Photography & Remington Jay Photography


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