Who said modeling was only for 6-foot-tall women? Meet one of the world’s smallest models! Though she may be only 4-feet-tall, that didn’t stop her from making a career out of modeling!
There is a stereotype that in order to become a model you need to be tall. Well, let’s put that preconception aside for a moment, and see if we can’t change our perspective, because this is exactly what tiny model, Mary Russel from London is doing.
Although she is just 4 feet, 1 inch tall and has a condition called achondroplasia, which is the medical term for dwarfism, she has nevertheless made a career posing in front of the camera and strutting down the catwalk.
Her condition doesn’t make life easy of course. While even day-to-day tasks like going to the supermarket or taking cash from an ATM are already an achievement, becoming model despite her height is simply outstanding!
With very few ‘little people’ models out there to set an example, Mary had to blaze her own path in her modeling career.
Fortunately, thanks to charity, Models of Diversity (MOD), Mary was able to realize her dreams.
The MOD mission is to promote a wide variety of models—short, black, disabled—onto catwalks and in magazines.
“[…] being a little person doesn’t stop me strutting down a catwalk or posing for a photo shoot like any other model!” said Mary.
She even wants to encourage other people with dwarfism to try their hand at modeling.
“[…] there is a place for us – it’s just a case of inspiring more little people to have the confidence to get out there and do it. We want to make it the norm, not a novelty.”
Mary also wants to get the fashion world to notice more little people in general.
“Little people are often left out in the cold when it comes to fashion – we are overlooked as a community of people who are considered to be not interested in fashion when that is simply not the case,” she expressed.
She says that there are not enough flagship stores with little people’s clothing, “It’s important that the fashion industry recognizes the importance of fashion for all. Disability is not a choice – discrimination is.”