Modelling used to be a fairly exclusive profession. There have always been set measurements for what it would take to succeed, i.e. all female catwalk models would have to be a minimum of 5 foot 9 inches, with bust-waist-hip measurements of 34-24-34 inches (ideally in those proportions) before they could even get near a modelling job. But if you look at our runways today and see the likes of Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss walking for some of the biggest brands today, at only 5 foot 7 inches tall.
Shows such as America’s Next Top Model have even relaxed their entry requirements to be inclusive of this new brand of model. Recent series have included a focus on shorter model, plus size and older models – an attempt to end the stigma around the industry being so restrictive on its definition of beauty.