Forums > Critique > Can I still grow? If not, is 5'7.5 a good height?

Model

Angeli Li

Posts: 24

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

I'm 17, and I feel like my height is limiting me to smaller shows. I was fine as a 15 year old: 5'7.5 is a great height for shows. But now, near adulthood, apparently I don't have the height anymore 0.0 what should I do?

ps: ignore my port, I lost a bunch of images as I changed computers.

Oct 05 12 06:08 pm Link

Photographer

AJ_In_Atlanta

Posts: 12827

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Lifestyle and some commercial work is possible for a 5'8 model with the right look, but realize its even hard with more comp.

Oct 05 12 06:15 pm Link

Photographer

Dark Shadows

Posts: 2269

Miami, Florida, US

Models with Asian features can get away with being slightly shorter than Caucasian models. Your height is not a problem for mainstream work.

Oct 05 12 06:17 pm Link

Photographer

Shon D.- Homme

Posts: 3207

Virginia Beach, Virginia, US

Dark Shadows wrote:
Models with Asian features can get away with being slightly shorter than Caucasian models. Your height is not a problem for mainstream work.

I've often heard this, but never really see any evidence. I can't think of a single current mainstream model of Asian decent who is shorter than 5'10". Granted, I'm thinking of top models, but still. I'm thinking that a white girl would get the MOST work out of any other race, so why would a height exception be made for an Asian girl?

Oct 05 12 06:25 pm Link

Photographer

The Effective Image

Posts: 3943

Lansing, Michigan, US

"I don't have the height anymore 0.0 what should I do?"

Send $99.95 to Torture Rack, Box 1, Stretch'em, Utah.

Seriously, There's not a lot you can do... Your height is kind of programmed into your DNA. Oh, you can take some expensive hormones, but you risk a lot of complications and possibly jeopardizing your health. Is it worth that?

Then again, you may have a late 'growth spurt' and wind up 7 feet tall. Are you ready for that?

If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Just my opinion.

Oct 05 12 06:25 pm Link

Model

Isis22

Posts: 2567

Muncie, Indiana, US

Your growing is done. I wouldn't give up though. I love your look!

Oct 05 12 06:31 pm Link

Photographer

Dark Shadows

Posts: 2269

Miami, Florida, US

Shon D.- Homme wrote:
so why would a height exception be made for an Asian girl?

Exceptions are more common for Asian girls because the talent pool of Asians with the combination of 'model looks' and height is smaller.

In reality exceptions can be made for Caucasian girls as well, it just happens less frequently because taller Caucasian girls are not in short supply, and as a result the percentage of 'exceptions' is not very notable.

Caucasian models do get the most work, but that's another subject altogether.

Oct 05 12 06:37 pm Link

Model

sasweets

Posts: 404

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

I've only seen asian models at 5'6 when it's china or japan for the most point sometimes shorter. You still have til your 18 to grow half or a full inch.

Oct 05 12 06:39 pm Link

Photographer

Brandi Thompson

Posts: 666

Dallas, Texas, US

Actually if you do some research on the subject, your growth plates for various bones close at various times. Yes, we tend to reach our general height in our mid-teens BUT it's possible to grow a little until you're about 19/20.. Just unlikely. smile

Oct 05 12 08:54 pm Link

Photographer

AJ_In_Atlanta

Posts: 12827

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Oh I also wanted to point out that this can be an issue based on market.  In emerging markets some looks are in much greater demand, if you can travel or get with a good international agency you have a better chance.  Think of it as beating the rush, sort of.

Oct 05 12 08:59 pm Link

guide forum

Model

Anna Adrielle

Posts: 18763

Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

sasweets wrote:
I've only seen asian models at 5'6 when it's china or japan for the most point sometimes shorter. You still have til your 18 to grow half or a full inch.

why only 18?

I was 5'11 when I was 18. thought I was done. but yup, 3 years later I was 6'1

Oct 05 12 10:32 pm Link

Photographer

SPV Photo

Posts: 789

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Isis22 wrote:
Your growing is done. I wouldn't give up though. I love your look!

Most people are done at that age and she may be too, but it's possible she has some growth left.

Oct 05 12 10:47 pm Link

Photographer

SPV Photo

Posts: 789

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

.

Oct 05 12 10:47 pm Link

Photographer

Mark

Posts: 2893

New York, New York, US

if you hit yourself ON TOP not on the side, of your head you can reach 5'8!!  You dont have a fashion face any way so no need to fret.

Oct 06 12 11:58 am Link

Model

Cole Morrison

Posts: 3958

Portland, Oregon, US

I stopped growing around 17, then grew another inch in my 20s. Anything is possible.

Oct 07 12 06:17 am Link

Model

Angeli Li

Posts: 24

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Mark wrote:
if you hit yourself ON TOP not on the side, of your head you can reach 5'8!!  You dont have a fashion face any way so no need to fret.

...what?

Oct 08 12 01:03 am Link

Model

Angeli Li

Posts: 24

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Isis22 wrote:
Your growing is done. I wouldn't give up though. I love your look!

Thank you!

Oct 08 12 01:04 am Link