UK’s Ted Baker uses Petite Models? – UPDATE: The Model is 5’10”

UPDATE: Looks like it’s a typo.  I just got a note from the people at Ted Baker who said that the model is actually 5’10”.  Too bad.  It would have been nice to see a non-celebrity petite model! Diverse body types should encompass EVERY SIZE, including height, not just curvier women!

This is the first time I’ve ever seen a petite model listed, period, but I can’t help but wonder if the model’s height is mistyped or if she really IS petite.  The site seems to list two heights – 5’2″ and 5’10” – yet the two models look like they have very similar body types (and are wearing the same size).  If they’re both the same size, the shorter model should look a little bit wider, proportionately.  It’s just the way things are and why petite celebrities who are, say, size 4, are often described as “curvy” while their 5’10” same sized counterpart is “thin.”  Of course, Photoshop does wonders, but why hide height?

The model listed at 5’2″:

The “standard” 5’10” model:


It’s interesting to note that Ted Baker does not carry petite sizing (though some pants come in a 30″ inseam). However, if this model is indeed 5’2″, I want to congratulate Ted Baker for doing this.  Every time I hear about size diversity, it’s usually about including models who are “larger.”  Ummm, NO.  Diversity needs to include height.  In any case, the use of both tall and short models helps people a lot more when it comes to figuring out whether something would work on them.  I think more companies should be using a variety of different heights.

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Cynthia Cheng Mintz, founder of Shorty Stories, also runs the online-only lifestyle magazine, DelectablyChic!

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