America's Next Top Petite Model!

make-up junkie
on Sep 10, 2009 @ 02:00 pm

Did anyone catch the 2 hr premiere of ANTPM last night? This season the show is featuring models 5'7 and under! Woohoo! haha What do you think of Tyra's new concept? Do you think she's really trying to "break the mold" in the fashion industry and does she really believe a petite model will become a top model? If it does break stereotypes or not I give her props for putting the idea out there even if it is just for ratings or she's bored of the same ol' show...

13 Replies

wooot! on Sep 10, 2009 @ 02:56 pm

Strut on, shorties!!

I personally think its a great idea. Not only b/c I'm also short
(5'2") but I think most of society's women are under 5'7". In fact,
5'7" for a woman is tall, not petite!!

Muh hahaha! on Sep 11, 2009 @ 05:41 pm

5 foot 7 is a TALL in my world of 5 foot nothing! :o)

Not at all impressed with the idea on Sep 16, 2009 @ 04:47 pm

Although I think it would be fantastic for shorter models to be as watned as the tall ones, they aren't. There really isn't a huge market for petite models. I wish it weren't that way, but it is, and I don't think one tv show is going to change that. Tyra is giving these girls false hopes, and that disturbs me.

make-up junkie
short models can do commercial work... on Sep 17, 2009 @ 04:28 pm

anonymous - you are right about short models aren't as sought after as tall models. but short models can still make a living as a petite model. yes, they won't walk the runways or get those big fashion campaigns but there is a lot of commercial work. Petite models have a lot of venues they can go like face/beauty work, catalogue, tv commercials or ads.

But in the context of ANTM, it is very fashion industry based so it could give the girls a false hope if they want to really be a top fashion model. who knows though - Kate Moss is 5'7 and she is the supamodel of the world! ;)

LOVE IT !!!!!! on Sep 18, 2009 @ 06:43 pm

I love the idea!!!! Im 5'2" on a good day I have always liked the old saying good things come in small packages :)

I dont think it gives petites false hopes because we can strut our stuff just as good as any tall woman could. And maybe this will make people realize this, you never know you just may see a shortie on the runway soon enough.

Reality. on Sep 19, 2009 @ 02:40 pm

People have to realize this: the reason there is a height requirement is because it is an industry standard.

If a builder is looking for a particular length of wood to build a house... they are going to find the best one that fits. Not one that is shorter in length or one that doesn't fit the requirements of the house. Similar to the way in which a designer selects a model to fit a particular dress size.

The reason it seems unfair, demeaning rude... etc. to shorter women is
because we are dealing with humans (who have feelings), not pieces of
wood. People have to realize that this is just one of the ways the industry works. They are not trying to say "they are not good enough".

ANTM is in it's 12th (13th, 14th?) season, and similar to reality shows
like Survivor, it does gets old after a few seasons. I'm sure Tyra
wants to outreach more girls to gage their interests
to the show so that they feel like they are being represented. Similar
to also why she opts to have girls which reflect diversity -- racially,
transgendered, homosexual, plus-size (I use this term loosely), girls
who have had traumatic pasts/childhoods, and now petite women.

The fashion industry is already competitive enough for models who meet
the industry requirements. Having a petite show is good because it
allows shorter women to feel like they are represented in fashion. But
most of them will not get fashion work once they leave.

ANTM is very fashion focused (understandable -- as Tyra was a fashion
model). But the show is not realistically showing the kind of work that
most of the petite girls can get. As make-up junkie said, their line of
work would realistically fall into commercial, print and television

get over yourself on Sep 20, 2009 @ 11:59 am

REALITY IS that there is a need for models of various body types.

builder on Sep 20, 2009 @ 12:10 pm

There are many different house frame sizes.


BRAVO! on Sep 21, 2009 @ 01:21 pm

I believe the reality of the situation is that by embrancing models that fall outside the accepted norm, it presents fashion as a more accessible entity to many. It allows the consumer to see a glimmer of reflection of themselves in the model and I have to say, I doubt that would be bad for sales!

REALITY IS !!!!!! on Sep 22, 2009 @ 09:49 am

Reality is that most women are not 6 feet tall and 100 pounds!!!!!!!!!!!! Sad to say but it makes young girls think they are not in the norm when they see it all over the media.


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