These Celebrities Are Much Taller Than We SuspectedBy John P.
No matter how hard you try, you just can’t control how tall you are. Celebrities Are no different And though we see them on the red carpet and stomping the streets in paparazzi pictures all the time, it’s sort of hard to tell how tall or short someone is from a photo.
We think high heels are a red carpet must-have for any famous, photographed lady. Or are they? As it turns out, many familiar faces don’t even need them! Sometimes, stepping back from the snapshot reveals a taller story. It’s time to find out the truth, in inches and feet!
Maggie Gyllenhaal – 5’9″ (175 cm)
For some reason, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal comes across as quite petite. But the award-winning actress and older sister to Jake Gyllenhaal is in fact 5’9”.
She has appeared in countless critically acclaimed productions, including Donnie Darko, Mona Lisa Smile, and Dark Knight. She has also received a Golden Globe for her starring performance in the BBC series The Honourable Woman.
Tyra Banks – 5’10” (178 cm)
After she booked 24 shows at her very first Paris Fashion week, it was clear Tyra Banks was an upcoming supermodel. And she did it at age 15! The tall and talented Tyra Banks have become a role model for aspiring models as well as women in general.
Tyra has been a creator and host of the wildly successful America’s Next Top Model franchise, and she was also the host of her own talk show, The Tyra Banks Show.
Kendall Jenner – 5’10” (178 cm)
Reality star turned supermodel Kendall Jenner is the lankiest of the Kardashian clan, at 5’10”.
Kendall began her career as a fashion model in 2014, and by 2017 she was already declared the World’s Highest-Paid Model on the Forbes top-earning models list.
Gigi Hadid – 5’10” (178 cm)
One of the IT girls of this generation is the famous model Gigi Hadid. She’s only 24 years old and has already graced almost every magazine cover imaginable. With her 5’10” frame, Hadid has been taking the fashion world by storm.
The actress has a whopping 48.8 million followers on Instagram, making her account one of the most popular ones out there. She regularly shares stunning snaps from her daily life as well as from recent photoshoots.
Sigourney Weaver – 5’11” (180 cm)
Some people have growth spurts early on in life. This is what happened to Sigourney Weaver, who was already 5’10 ½ as a teen! How has that worked out in Hollywood, so far?
Things seem to be going brilliantly, actually. Nicknamed “The Sci-Fi Queen”, the actress pioneered the portrayal of sci-fi action heroines. For her important role as Ellen Ripley in the Alien franchise, she has earned an Academy Award nomination. She has also acted on Ghostbusters, Galaxy Quest, WALL-E, and Avatar. The actress is happy about everything that has made her different, in the end. Sigourney once declared: “Please, God, please, don’t let me be normal!”
Ireland Baldwin – 6’2” (188 cm)
The daughter of Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin is taller than both of her parents. Yes, the beautiful Ireland Baldwin is 6’2 these days. And when she’s not busy scoring coveted modeling gigs, she acts in movies and DJs at friends’ events. Not a bad lifestyle. really!
Ireland isn’t a shy girl, if anyone has been wondering. The 23-year-old recently took to Instagram to celebrate body positivity and self-empowerment with an artsy nude. That certainly sparked a lot of discussions! Fans agreed: Tall, but tasteful. You do you, Ireland!
Kimora Lee Simmons – 6’0” (183 cm)
Model Kimora Lee Simmons actually entered the fashion world thanks to her exceptional height. By the time she was 10 years old, Simmons was already 5’10”. Very impressive, for a middle schooler!
To boost her confidence after being bullied for her height, Kim’s mother signed her up for a modeling class. And it looks like that went well! At age 14, she received a Chanel gig, no less! According to the model: “You can do anything you put your mind to, and you can do it in stilettos. Life is a series of adjustments; You can make changes along the way, but if you don’t start moving forward you’ll never get anywhere!” Well said, Kimora.
Jane Lynch – 6’0” (183 cm)
Most of us know Jane Lynch from the TV show Glee, where she plays a stern yet hilarious gym teacher. Does the actress actually have real life experience with those sporty tracksuits, by the way?
The reality is, she towers over many of her costars: Lea Michele’s height is 5’3″, for instance, while Naya Rivera and Dianna Agron are both 5’5″. No one seems to mind, though! In the past, kit was almost a key part of Jane’s career. Thanks to her tall height, Lynch was a promising basketball player throughout her high school career and even considered going pro. Fans breathe a sigh of relief she followed her comedy goals, instead!
Melania Trump – 5’11” (180 cm)
Melania Trump certainly brings a special glam to White House, and that should surprise no one at all — she’s been modeling since the age of five!
As a teen in Slovenia, she was discovered for the big time. Photographer Stane Jerko explained: “It was January 1987 when I went home just before the end of the fashion show…I saw a girl that immediately caught my eye. There stood a tall, slender and attractive long-haired girl with distinct eyes.” The rest is Paris runway history!
Tilda Swinton – 6’0″ (183 cm)
Tilda Swinton is a British actress celebrated for her performances mainly in art-house films. But she is also known for her tall posture and unique personal style. At 6’0″ she is often the tallest in the room!
According to Tilda: “I never quite understand the way society decides who is beautiful and who is not. But an open face and a capacity for kindness always feel like reliable signifiers to me.” It seems the world has decided they love this actress, totally outside these questions. She won an Academy Award for her performance in the 2007 film Michael Clayton. And a whole new group of fans love her from Avengers: Endgame. More Swinton, please!
Charlize Theron – 5’10 (178 cm)
South African actress bombshell Charlize Theron has had quite a career so far. With an Oscar and a Golden Globe, fans know her from Monster, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Atomic Blonde, to name a few. But before acting, she was a model. No one should be surprised to find out that Charlize is 5’10!
Why the transition? Char put it simply: ”Modeling was never a passion of mine.” Despite this claim, though, the actress has appeared in occasional brand campaigns. Dior chose her for its J’Adore ads, a deal rumored to rake in at least $5 million per year for the star. Not bad, in retirement!
Gwendoline Christie – 6’3” (190 cm)
At 6’3”, the fierce English actress Gwendoline Christie is definitely one of the tallest Game of Thrones cast members. But at the beginning of her career, her height was actually an issue for her! She was told she “would probably never work because [she] didn’t look the same as most actors”, due to her tall physique.
Nowadays, Gwendoline is celebrated in the industry. She is best known for her role as Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones, but has also wowed fans as the First Order stormtrooper Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. What does that prove? Clearly, great talent comes in all shapes and sizes!
Michelle Obama – 5’11” (180 cm)
At 5’11”, Michelle Obama is tied with Eleanor Roosevelt and Melania Trump for the title of tallest first lady in history. The Harvard Law School Alumna exlained: “I’m 5’11”, so I’m tall”. It’s undeniable that is above average!
On the Jimmy Kimmel show, she shared: “It’s a little hard because I’m so tall, so you see people just kind of looking at me just because I’m so tall”. But are they looking at her for another reason, these days? Maybe it’s her latest gig, The Michelle Obama Podcast on Spotify! Tall or not, the woman has her fans — and it has nothing to do with her stature.
Kaia Gerber – 5’9″ (176 cm)
Kaia is the hottest thing on the American modeling scene these days, and that should be no surprise — She’s the daughter of Cindy Crawford herself! And dad did a bit of his own modeling, back in the day.
At 5’9”, she meets the basic height criteria for the biz. But her real advantage might just be that supermodel expertise, right at home. According to Kaia: “A lot of people ask me what my mom has taught me about modeling. The truth is the things she teaches me go deeper than what pose to make or what my good side is.” Industry secrets, perhaps? Whatever it is, it seems to be working!
Brooke Shields – 6’0″ (183 cm)
Brooke Shields gained critical acclaim when she was only 12. When she played the lead role in Pretty Baby, the world took notice! She has since had a long, illustrious career as an actress and model. Has her height helped her along the way?
In 1983, she talked about her body publicly. Brooke revealed: “As I got older and taller, the stockings got bigger, but this year, I don’t know…I’m 5-feet-11”. But more recently, she mentioned her height on Entertainment Tonight, saying “I’m six foot tall”. Which is it, Brooke? Are these specs with or without heels? The mystery continues, fans.
Rachel Maddow – 5’11” (180 cm)
At just under six foot, Rachel Maddow might just be the tallest woman in the news biz today. No one would know, as she hides behind that desk. But it’s true!
Her signature short hair and hipster glasses have always pleased fans, even though she is a bit different than the traditional cable news casting. According to Rachel: “I’m not a TV anchor babe. I’m a big lesbian who looks like a man.” Always good humored, she’s carved out her own spot in the game. And it seems to be working out!
Laura Dern – 5’10 (178 cm)
Known for 90’s roles in Blue Velvet and Jurassic Park, Laura Dern is a face many may recognize. But with the camera zoomed in, perspective may have been skewed for viewers. At 5’10, this actress is a lot taller than some may suspect!
Laura admits that she grew at an early age, and tried to cover it up! She explains: “I’m sure I gave myself scoliosis because I just put myself in a pretzel to try to be 5ft 2…I’d stick one hip out, move shoulders down and stand as though I was 7 inches shorter than I was. I think I was 5ft 9. I’m 5ft 10 and a half.” Did her efforts pay off? In terms of shrinkage, no!
Julia Roberts – 5’9 (175 cm)
Forever a pretty woman, Julia Roberts became the star of Hollywood during an impressive career throughout the 90’s. Three Golden Globe Awards, and an Oscar for Best Actress in Erin Brockovich has impressed fans. But still, they need to know: How tall is America’s Sweetheart?
At 5’9, she’s above the national average. But how does she feel about that? According to Julia: “I’m too tall to be a girl, I never had enough dresses to be a lady, I wouldn’t call myself a woman. I’d say I’m somewhere between a chick and a broad.” It’s always best to go right to the source, with celebrities. But nobody knows what that means, Julia Roberts!
Adele – 5’9 (175 cm)
English singer and songwriter Adele rocketed to fame with her debut album in 2008. It led to immediate critical and commercial success. Adding it all up so far, she’s won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, ten Grammys, and more!
According to the singer: “I’ve never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I’m very proud of that.” But does she? Standing in heels far away on stage, it might be hard to tell exactly how tall Adele really is. But the truth is, she is 5’9 — Almost model tall!
Nicole Kidman – 5’11 (180 cm)
Moulin Rouge star Nicole Kidman was once married to Tom Cruise, too. But was a 5’8 man a good match, height wise? As it turns out, probably not!
Maybe she’s literally a goddess, but Nicole is a tall, leggy lady. Without pumps, she’s already 5’11! Hard to tell on screen, the truth comes out on the red carpet. These, country music husband Keith Urban is by her side for premieres. He’s 5’10, still shorter. But observing them together, fans can see she doesn’t seem to mind!
Naomi Campbell – 5’9 1/2 (178 cm)
British icon Naomi Campbell is widely cited as one of the original six supermodels. Before Instagram, the runway was an art of its own, and she was Queen of the catwalk. Fashionistas may be curious: What were the real requirements, in those days?
First, height. Little has changed, in that regard! According to Naomi: “I’m 5 9 1/2 and when I started modelling, that was considered tall.” This may not put her as the tallest in the industry today, but it really doesn’t matter. Those legendary walking skills are distracting, even on vintage video!
Anjelica Huston – 5’10 (178 cm)
With so many movies in the last few decades, it’s easy to forget Anjelica Huston’s original claim to fame. Yes, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1985 for Prizzi’s Honor. And her name has been appearing as director and producer, lately. But where did Angie actually start out, in entertainment?
At 5’10, the answer is the runway! She explained: ”During the four years I had spent in New York, I had achieved top status as a model and had worked for the best photographers and designers in the world. I had grown used to hearing that I was exotic and high-fashion.” Fans agree: Anjelica Huston is tall and talented!
Taylor Swift – 5’11” (180 cm)
The country-pop star Taylor Swift stands tall at 5’11”. But the singer almost always wears heels, meaning she often towers over her famous group of friends at 6’0. Hard to tell, from TV!
In 2015, when Swift was already 25 years old, she made a remarkable claim about growing taller. The singer shared: “I grew an inch [in the past year], which means I’m the latest developing human in the world.” Is that uncommon? Apparently so! Gals typically reach full adult height when they are 14 or 15, and stop growing. Taylor is breaking all kinds of records, indeed!
Serena Williams – 5’9 (175 cm)
Serena Williams is widely considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time, with a total of 23 Grand Slam single titles so far. Impressive, without a doubt. But one question remains: Just how tall is the Queen of the Court?
Without tennis shoes, the four time Laureus Sportswoman of the Year stands 5’9. But these days, she spends less time running after balls, and more time chasing toys. Serena married Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian in 2017, and soon gave birth to a daughter. Will baby reach the same heights, literally or figuratively? Only time will tell!
Katie Holmes – 5’9 (175 cm)
For better or for worse, and despite her professional success, Katie Holmes may always be linked to ex-hubby Tom Cruise. They were married from 2006 to 2012, and there was one thing the press could never quite ignore.
Besides all the Scientology rumors, it was their height difference that kept making the tabloids. At 5’9, Katie Holmes was notably larger than her man. Fans may not have realized that the action star of Mission Impossible and Top Gun was actually so small behind the scenes. But the truth came out, side by side!
Leslie Jones – 6’0” (183 cm)
Fans know and love Leslie Jones from all-femme Ghostbusters and SNL, but that wasn’t always her career plan. At 6’0” tall, she had other ideas before she was famous!
Back in the day, dad suggested that she play basketball because she of her impressive height advantage. That advice led into a college scholarship and thoughts of playing professionally. That is, until she discovered stand-up. A friend signed her up for a campus-wide comedy contest, and she won! No surprises there, Leslie.
Kristen Johnston – 6’1” (185 cm)
Kristen Johnston is known and loved for her role on 3rd Rock from the Sun, for which she won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series! But the accomplished actress has a darker past.
In her book, Kristen openly discusses her struggle with addiction and self esteem issues throughout high school. Her height may have played a factor, it seems. According to the actress: “I was 5 foot 11½ at age 13. I was enormous, a monstrosity, a freak. I’ve always been an outsider.” Of course these days, she is an insider. A Hollywood insider, no less!
Jennifer Lawrence – 5’9″ (175 cm)
Beloved actress Jennifer Lawrence should probably ditch the heels for good, considering she has tripped over them more than once. And indeed, with a height of 5’9”, she doesn’t even need them.
She has even commented in a Fabulous magazine interview, “When I’m in high heels I feel like an ogre, I can’t walk and my feet are uncomfortable.” We love you with or without the heels, Jen!
Maria Sharapova – 6’2” (188 cm)
Russian tennis pro Maria Sharapovais an impressive 6’2”. The bombshell Olympian is one of ten women to ever hold the career Grand Slam. Fans and physicists alike wonder: Has her height helped in her career?
A quick look at her resume reveals she won the silver medal in women’s singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Maria’s height is definitely an asset to her successful tennis career, and she’s one of the tallest sportswomen out there. But when she’s not out on the field, or modeling for magazine covers, she’s working on her mentorship programme for female entrepreneurs.
Claudia Schiffer – 5’11” (182 cm)
The German model, actress, executive producer, and fashion designer Claudia Schiffer is 5’11. The Brigitte Bardot lookalike rose to fame during the early 1990s.
She holds the Guinness Book of World Records record for the model with the most magazine covers. She has appeared on more than a thousands covers overall, making her one of the most successful models of all time.
Adrianne Palicki – 5’11” (180 cm)
Actress Adrianne Lee Palicki is best known for her role as Tyra Collette on the series Friday Night Lights, where she was the tallest female cast member. She also portrayed Barbara “Bobbi” Morse on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The 5’10” actress currently stars as Kelly Grayson in a sci-fi comedy-drama series called The Orville.
Laura Prepon – 5’10” (178 cm)
Laura Prepon began her career on the beloved sitcom That 70’s Show, but her career rose to new heights when she began starring on the critically acclaimed series Orange Is The New Black.
Speaking of rising to new heights, Prepon is 5’10” – the same height as OITNB co-star Jason Briggs. This makes her one of the tallest among the cast.
Saffron Burrows – 6’0″ (183 cm)
Saffron Burrows may owe some of her success to her height. The actress believes that it is her tall stature that helped her get cast as Cynthia Taylor on Mozart in the Jungle, since her character plays such a large instrument – the cello. Surely it’s also her talent that got her the role!
Before her acting career took off, Burrows had quite a successful modeling career, after being discovered by a fashion photographer in Covent Garden.
Blake Lively – 5’10 (178 cm)
Blake Lively and hot hubby Ryan Reynolds are a fan favorite in Hollywood. But it couldn’t have been easy for the Gossip Gal to find a matching man. At 5’10, Blake is way above average in more than one way!
Tall girls know how hard it is to find a larger lover. Even now, at that height, she is just 4 inches shorter than her man! But it seems to be working out just fine. These days, Blake and Ryan are raising three daughters. If the dominant genes have any say, this is going to be a house of blond Amazons very soon!
Venus Williams – 6’1” (185 cm)
Venus and Serena Williams are a legendary sister team. When it comes to height, though, Venus got the tall genes! At 6’1” tall, that’s an advantage! Shoe does she feel about her stature, though?
As it turns out, she doesn’t mind it at all! Venus once tweeted: “You’ve got to remember I am six feet one inch, very tall (I love it!)” She is widely considered one of the all-time greats of women’s tennis and has been ranked No. 1 worldwide by the Women’s Tennis Associations, on three separate occasions. And thankfully, there is no height jealousy among sisters. Serena is by her side, to this day!
Aisha Tyler – 6’0” (183 cm)
Aisha Tyler is an actress, comedian, director, and Daytime Emmy winning talk show host. She definitely stands out for her accomplishments, but don’t forget her height!
The comedy world is full of complicated personal stories, though. In her book, she mentions that it affected her during childhood. According to Aisha: “For one thing, I was extraordinarily tall. In third grade, I was almost twice as tall as some of the other kids.” Being different can be tough as a kid! Still, it seems the Whose Line Is It Anyway? host handled it all with a healthy dose of humor and laughs along the way. Some might even say Aisha got the last laugh!
Brigitte Nielsen – 6’1″ (185 cm)
The Danish star Brigitte Nielsen was married to Sylvester Stallone in the ’80s. She was three inches taller than his 5’10” frame. How did that work out, by the way?
Evidently it didn’t last. Still, Brigitte was one of the most well-covered stars in the media during the 1980’s. She was often referred to as an “Amazon” thanks to her tall stature. But was it always so easy? According to the model: “My childhood was really comfortable and secure, but school was a nightmare. I was a lot taller than the other girls and they called me Gitte the giraffe.” Ouch!
Lais Ribeiro – 6’1″ (185 cm)
When asked by fans, Lais Ribeiro announced on both Instagram and Twitter that her height is 6’1”. The Victoria’s Secret Angel has walked the catwalks for designers such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Versace and Marc Jacobs.
Amazingly, the Brazilian model’s career took off one year after giving birth to her son Alexandre.
Macy Gray – 6’0” (183 cm)
American singer and actress Macy Gray once said, “I’m kind of tall. I’m offbeat.” Why might she have described herself that way? She had to be honest. At 6’0”, Macy Gray is definitely tall!
The singer behind the unforgettable break-up song “I Try” is known for much more than just her height, though, and has even won a Grammy. In an interview with Vulture, Gray has commented: “Actors are really tiny, like toothpicks. I mean, Hugh Jackman is a tall, gorgeous thing, but a lot of actors are short. It’s crazy! I think someone’s going to be tall, and then I’m disappointed.” Not an issue here, that’s for sure!
Dot-Marie Jones – 6’3″ (190 cm)
Dot-Marie Jones is an American actress widely recognized for her role as Coach Beiste on the musical TV show Glee. Fans might be interested to know what she did before her Hollywood break, though. Hint: tall hobbies!
Dot-Marie is an accomplished athlete off screen, and is a 15-time world arm wrestling champion! She explains her full CV, as follows: “I did volleyball, basketball, and track all through high school. And then I went to junior college and I stuck with track because I was good at shot put and discus. And then I got a full ride to Fresno State for their track program. Shot put was my main thing. I was the five-time All-American, and I set a couple records.” Wow, indeed!
Kate Grigorieva – 5’11” (182 cm)
Yekaterina Sergeyevna Grigoryeva, better known as Kate Grigorieva, is a Russian model best known for her work as a Victoria’s Secret Angel between 2015 and 2016.
The blue-eyed beauty is no less than 5’11” tall! She took part in many beauty pageants at the beginning of her career and even won second place on the Russian adaptation of America’s Next Top Model. Since then, she has walked for countless top-tier designers.
Khloe Kardashian – 5’10” (178 cm)
Along with her sister Kendall, Khloe Kardashian towers over the rest of the Kardashian clan. However, it was her height that sparked the rumors that she was the love-child of OJ Simpson. Yikes!
The rumor started when Khloe’s stepmom, Ellen Pierson, insisted Robert “confessed” that Khloe was not his biological daughter shortly before his death. The family instantly rallied behind Khloe and slammed the story! Still, she is much larger than some of her sisters. How does this elder Kardashian feel about her body, these days?
Khloe shared: “I love my body; I’m healthy, I work out. But I also enjoy life…the more scrutiny I am under, the more confident I become. I am who I am. I can’t do anything about it, and I love who I am.” Great news, indeed!
Gisele Bundchen – 5’11” (180 cm)
Although the Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen may tower above everyone else, she still found a husband taller than her. Next to her quarterback husband Tom Brady, who is 6’4, she looks petite!
Giselle is truly the picture of success in runway world, and was once declared the 16th richest woman in the entertainment industry and one of the most powerful women in the world, according to Forbes. But was it always that way?
According to the supermodel, no! She shared: I’ll never forget the day when a woman came up to me and said, ‘No, you could never be on a magazine cover. Your face features don’t work; your eyes are small, you have a small face but a big nose.’ I was only 14 and I had never noticed any of that stuff, you know?” So, so wrong! And these days, Giselle knows better.
Allison Janney – 6’0″ (183 cm)
Actress Allison Janney certainly shouldn’t have any confidence issues. An accomplished performer, she has received an Academy Award as well as seven Primetime Emmy Awards! But what is the truth of the matter?
The actress spoke of her height in an interview with NPR: “I say I’m 5 feet 12 inches. I’m definitely 6 feet. In my heels, I’m 6 feet 3 inches. I was always sort of a late bloomer in a lot of things. I always felt that way. I felt like my career started late and I think it was because of my height — and maybe some of my confidence issues.”
Queen Latifah – 5’10” (178 cm)
Another powerful woman who used her height to her benefit, right here! Due to her physique, Queen Latifa was a power forward on her high school basketball team. And since then, things have only gone forward. This star didn’t stop at shooting hoops, did she?
Queen Latifah is a rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and producer who has long been considered one of hip-hop’s pioneering feminists. Plus, she was in Chicago! Who could forget Matron “Mama” Morton form the Cook County Jail? According to the Mistress of Murderers Row: “Spice it up for Mama, she’ll get hot for you.” Queen Latifah certainly spiced up an old Broadway script, that’s for sure!
Uma Thurman – 5’11” (180 cm)
Actress Uma Thurman, the star of many Quentin Tarantino movies, is just over 5’11” tall. That makes her a full inch taller than her husband, Ethan Hawke! How does she feel about that?
According to the actress: “I spent the first fourteen years of my life convinced that my looks were hideous. Adolescence is painful for everyone, I know, but mine was plain weird.” It seems she has embraced it since, though! Uma is often referred to as Tarantino’s muse, and has worked closely with the director on several productions. For her exceptional performances in films such as Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill, she garnered numerous awards. Fans are not surprised!
Mandy Moore – 5’10” (178 cm)
Singer-songwriter and actress Mandy Moore is definitely a tall lady, at 5’10. She wasn’t always confident about her stature, though. What’s the deal?
According to the singer: “I’m 5-foot-10 now, and I love being a tall woman. I was pretty average until I was 14, and then I went through a spurt where I grew 4 inches in one summer. At first I felt a little gangly, but now I’m proud.” It seems so! In 2005, Mandy launched her own fashion line Mblem with the goal of creating clothes for tall girls. Though the line was discontinued, she has expressed hope to return to her fashion career in the future. And hopefully, with more tall styles!
Jordin Sparks – 5’10” (178 cm)
Jordin Sparks is one of the only American Idol winners to make it big after the show, rather than vanish into oblivion. Her singles and albums have been consistently ranked at the top of the Billboard Charts.
Fun fact: Jordan was the youngest winner in the show’s history, at the time. That’s pretty impressive! But what do fans know about her height? Although some media sources claimed that Jordin Sparks is 6’0, she has been quick to correct them:“Just to be clear, I’m 5’10” NOT 6ft. Although, my high heels, that I love so much, definitely make me over 5’10”.” Got it!
Stacy Keibler – 5’11” (180 cm)
Stacy Kiebler is an actress, dancer, cheerleader and model, but you most likely know her as a retired wrestler for WWE and WCW. She also placed third on the second season of Dancing with the Stars.
She’s 5’1” tall and has exceptionally long legs, so it’s no surprise her nicknames have been “The Legs of WCW”, “The Legs of WWE”, and “The Weapon of Mass Seduction”.
Ivanka Trump – 5’11” (180 cm)
The daughter of the 45th President of the USA, Ivanka Trump, is almost 6’0. With her impressive height and unique beauty, it’s no surprise she dabbled in modeling back in the day.
According to Ivanka: “I wanted to be a businesswoman from as early as I can remember, and specifically, my real passion was real estate.” But that’s old news. These days, she dedicates herself to the position of Advisor to the President of the United States. It’s dear old dad, and there was no way she could pass up that gig!
Karlie Kloss – 6’1” (185 cm)
The stunning Karlie Kloss stands tall at 6’1”. Although she is a famous model, once she steps off the runway and into her day to day life you won’t catch her in heels. But why not?
According to the Kloss: “I think I would look like a crazy woman walking around NYC in heels since I’m 6’1 and 6’4 in heels. Plus, I take the subway, so I’d stand out even more!” Is she off base with that one? Maybe not. A 6’4 woman would totally grab attention on the street. And maybe the subject of paparazzi wants a little privacy in plain sight! A girl can dream, right?
Jenna Elfman – 5’10” (178 cm)
The glamorously lanky Jenna Elfman has commented on her height, “I’m 5-feet-10 and I always re-measure myself, thinking I must have grown”.
She’s best known for starring on the hit sitcom Dharma & Greg. But the casting team made a clever decision when they cast Thomas Gibson as her on-screen husband, since he’s 6’2”.
Liv Tyler – 5’10” (178 cm)
Liv Tyler inherited her rocker dad’s genes. Shockingly, she is exactly the same height as Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler! They’re both 5’10, and fans want to know: Who wore it better?
Well, it seems they took different paths with this gift of stature. Liv started out modeling at age 14, but has since turned to acting where she has found great success. Who could forget her otherworldly beauty as Arwen Undómiel in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy? According to the actress: “There is no definition of beauty, but when you can see someone’s spirit coming through, something unexplainable, that’s beautiful to me.” Fans probably agree, though. Liv, you are gorgeous!
Famke Janssen – 6’0” (183 cm)
Dutch actress Famke Janssen is not only incredibly tall, but her feet are incredibly large! The star shared she has to get custom shoes made in size 11 for a few of her films, including GoldenEye.
Sounds challenging. Have her extra big extremities stopped her from conquering Hollywood, though? Not a chance! Famke is also known for her memorable performance as the worried mother in the Taken trilogy. More recently, the actress has appeared on Hemlock Grove and on How to Get Away with Murder. And in 2017, she starred in the crime thriller The Blacklist: Redemption. Looks like everything is right on track, Famke!
Lindsay Kay Hayward – 6’8” (204 cm)
Lindsay Kay is an actress and a professional wrestler, but most fans actually know her as ‘Isis the Amazon’. Just looking at her, it seems like the Guinness Book of World Records folks need to be called!
Actually, that already happened. In 2013, she was certified as the “tallest actress in a leading role”, at 6 foot 9. Wowza! These days, she is only 6’8”, though. After a slipped disc, a little bit of height was lost — 3/4 of an inch, to be exact. Who knew that was even possible?
Kristanna Loken – 5’11” (180 cm)
Actress Kristanna Loken, who starred in Terminator 3:Rise of the Machines, was only three inches shorter than her famously tall co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger!
Loken’s initial aspiration was to become a model, due to her height and figure. But once she discovered her theatric talent, she decided to focus on acting.
Kate Middleton – 5’10” (178 cm)
The Duchess Kate Middleton was destined to one day become a royal. From her modest yet stunning style to her powerful stature. At 5’10”, Kate towers over her new sister-in-law Meghan Markle. Yet Kate is still five inches shorter than her husband, prince William.
The Duchess of Cambridge is a prolific philanthropist, focusing on issues affecting young children, mental health, addiction, and the arts. She’s also an influential fashion icon, and the media had dubbed her impact on trends the “Kate Middleton effect”.
Behati Prinsloo – 5’10″ (178 cm)
Behati Prinsloo, the Namibian Victoria’s Secret Angel and wife of pop star Adam Levin stands tall at 5’10”. Despite giving birth to two children in recent years, she’s currently at the height of her modeling career and has gained quite a following.
She mentioned her height once in a tweet, “I feel like I could have been a gymnast gold medal Olympian, 10 years ago and wasn’t 5’11….bummer! Sorry Namibia.”
Rebecca Romijn – 5’11” (180 cm)
Actress and model Rebecca Romijn has apparently suffered health problems in her youth due to her height. She had scoliosis and experienced intense pains after a growth spurt. As if that isn’t enough to endure as a kid, schoolyard bullies called her the “Jolly Blonde Giant”.
But Romijn has built a successful career thanks to her model height and she exudes confidence on the red carpet. She once said, “I’m 5’11”, and sometimes I get self-conscious about wearing 4″ heels. But [my husband] loves me in them, so who am I to say no?”
Padma Lakshmi – 5’10” (178 cm)
The gorgeous Padma Lakshmi is a successful model, author, television host and executive producer. She received an Emmy nomination for hosting the US cooking competition Top Chef since season 2.
She once mentioned an encounter she had with the much shorter Prince, saying “I didn’t know how small or how much shorter he [Prince] was than me when I first was talking to him like this. That was a shock. He was 5’2″. And barefoot, I’m 5’9”.
Natasha Henstridge – 5’10” (178 cm)
Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge is best known for her roles in Species, The Whole Nine Yards and Ghosts of Mars. She once said, “Lately I’ve had a lot of hearing, ‘She’s too tall.’ I’m 5-foot-9 1/2, which is like 6-foot-5 in acting height. But what am I going to do? I can’t shrink.”
Indeed, her height has been an obstacle in her career, and she elaborated that “There’s a lot of small actors, that’s for sure. I don’t know why it happens that way. However, there are a lot of ways of disguising the height difference. But you’re right, certainly there are times when there are three actresses up for a role and they like all three of them, but one fits a physical profile better than the rest and she’ll end up getting the job. So yes, sometimes my height is a problem, I suppose.”
Elizabeth Debicki – 6’2″ (188 cm)
Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki stands tall at 6’2”. She told The Daily Mail in 2016, “My younger sister is also very tall and my little brother, who is just 17, is 6ft 6in, so we’re the Amazonian Family. As a teenager I wasn’t comfortable with being taller than other people, and I’m sure I stooped a lot.”
But of course, being tall also has its advantages. Debicki continued, “…Granted, it’s not easy to be a super-tall woman in Hollywood. But there are times when it works in my favour. In The Night Manager, for example, both of my co-stars, Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston, are also well over 6ft and it was lovely to look a co-star in the eye and not have them standing on an apple box.”
Mira Sorvino – 5’10” (178 cm)
It may surprise you to find just how tall actress Mira Sorvino really is. On Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, it didn’t seem like there was a big height gap between Sorvino and her co-star Lisa Kudrow. Yet Sorvino is actually about two inches taller!
The actress is also known for her performance in the Woody Allen movie Mighty Aphrodite, for which she won an Academy Award as well as a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.
Tricia Helfer – 5’10” (178 cm)
Canadian actress and model Tricia Helfer is known for her role as a Cyclon on Battlestar Galactica. She was discovered as a model at age 17 while standing in line at a local movie theatre, no doubt thanks to her tall figure.
She’s between 5’10” and 5’11” tall. According to the actress, a corrective back surgery had made her taller, reaching almost 5’11”.
Nicole Steinwedell – 5’11” (182 cm)
Nicole Steinwedell is an actress who is best known for playing Bridget Sullivan in the television show The Unit. She once said, “he’s [Joshua Jackson] super-tall. I’m 5′ 11″, so I didn§t feel like I had to crouch down and be petite”.
At 5’11”, Steinwedell just missed the cut for 6’0”. Still an impressive height.
Moon Bloodgood – 5’10” (178 cm)
You may recognize this actress and model from her role as Lt. Blair Williams in the 2009 movie Terminator Salvation. Or maybe you’ve seen her on the TNT television series Falling Skies. Eitherway, Moon Bloodgood joins the league of Hollywood’s tallest ladies at 5’10”.
She began her career as a Laker Girl at age 17, and was consequently selected as one of Maxim’s Hot 100 list in 2005. Since then, she’s focused more on her acting career, and even received the Sundance Special Jury Prize for dramatic ensemble acting in The Sessions, along with her co-actors.
Adriana Lima – 5’10” (178 cm)
Yet another Victoria’s Secret Angel who’s stunningly tall. At 5’10”, Adriana Lima towers over most of us mortals. She was crowned “Supermodel of Brazil” when she was only 15!
In 2017, she was named “the most valuable Victoria’s Secret Angel”. It’s no surprise, considering she was their longest-running model, from 1999 to 2018.
Irina Shayk – 5’10” (178 cm)
We can imagine the beautiful couple of Irina Shayk (5’10) and Bradley Cooper (6’1) will have some giant kids! Shayk has made modeling history throughout her career, she was the first Russian model to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated and ranks at No.8 on Models.com for her social media following,.
Shalom Harlow – 6’0 (183 cm)
Canadian model and actress Shalom Harlow gained prominence in the 1990s, appearing on six American Vogue covers from 1993-97. She is considered an anti-supermodel and hosted MTV’s House of Style in the mid-90s. She has also appeared in films such as In & Out and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.
Sydney Tamiia Poitier – 5’11 (180 cm)
The daughter of Bahamian actor Sir Sidney Poitier and Canadian actress Joanna Shimkus, Sydney Tamiia Poitier is a Bahamian-American television and film actress. She has made appearances in several films and television shows mainly in guest or recurring roles.
Tara Moss – 6’1” (185 cm)
At 6’1, Tara Moss has an impressive height. Naturally, she began her career as a model at age 14! She realized it wasn’t the right path for her, though, and went on to many other successful pursuits. The list is endless, but why did she switch in the first place?
According to Tara: “Modeling isn’t as glamorous as people think as it is just a job and a job that does not really suit creative people as you are a mannequin and not the creative power.” The now former model remains an impressive woman. She’s a Canadian-Australian author, journalist, TV documentary maker, presenter, and human rights activist. She’s also the UNICEF national ambassador for child survival. Very nice, Tara!
Elle Macpherson – 6’0” (183 cm)
Elle Macpherson has remarked she’s “5-foot-12 — I hate to say 6 feet”. At the height of her career, this Australian supermodel was nicknamed ‘The Body’. Has no one noticed her towering height all these years?
Indeed, everyone could see those long legs! But even Elle knows that they got her pretty far in the modeling world. Known for her record of cover appearances for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue beginning in the 1980s, she became a real fan favorite quickly.
Since then, the model seems to have fully embraced her form. She explains: “I used to wear heels because I wanted to show people I wasn’t ashamed of being tall. But I don’t wear them anymore because you don’t have to wear heels to be beautiful. I can’t even remember the last time I wore heels.” Well said, Elle!
Doutzen Kroes – 5’10″ (178 cm)
Doutzen Kroes is a Dutch sypermodel, actress, activist and philanthropist. And thanks to her height and hardworking nature, she has enjoyed tremendous success in the modeling world. Doutzen is one of the highest paid models of all time!
Her income is estimated at more than five million per year since 2008. Fans might expect to hear that she was discovered by a scout who was amazed by her model-worthy height and beauty. But Doutzen is in fact one of the few supermodels who submitted her own work to an agency! She wasn’t discovered, it turns out. She forced her way in!
Karolina Kurkova – 5’11” (180 cm)
Czech model Karolina Kurkova listed her height on her twitter page as “180cm”, or 5’11”. During her childhood, she was made fun of for being the tallest in the class.
But being the tallest in the class doesn’t seem so bad when you land a modelling contract at 15! She’s a former Victoria’s Secret Angel and Vogue cover star. Renowned fashion photographer Mario Testino praised her “proportions of her body and her face, as well as her energy level”.
Geena Davis – 6’0″ (183 cm)
Geena Davis is known for her roles in films like The Long Kiss Goodnight, Thelma & Louise, The Fly and Beetlejuice. But is her height widely known by fans? Gina stands tall, at just over six feet. Who would have guessed?
In a past interview, she made a confession: “I lied about my height when I started modeling because, believe it or not, you can be considered too tall. I would wear high heels on job interviews so they wouldn’t know my actual height. I said I was 5-foot-10. but I’m actually 6 feet tall.” And they say that only men lie about height! Exception found.
Gal Gadot – 5’10 (178 cm)
Gal Gadot is best known for portraying Wonder Woman in the DC Extended Universe, beginning with 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, followed by the 2017 solo film Wonder Woman and the 2017 ensemble Justice League. Gadot’s first international film role came as Gisele Yashar in Fast & Furious which she reprised in two additional films in the franchise.
Gwyneth Paltrow – 5’9 (175 cm)
After being noticed for her early work in films such as Seven, Emma, Sliding Doors, and A Perfect Murder, Gwyneth Paltrow won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Actress for her performance in Shakespeare in Love. She has continued to work steadily since, having won an Emmy Award and launching her own lifestyle company, Goop.
Martha Hunt – 5’11 (180 cm)
Not only is she Taylor Swift’s bestie (which makes sense since they both tower over everyone else), but she is also one of the most successful models right now working with brands like Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Versace. But Hunt has troubles of her own and has been open about her diagnosis of Scoliosis which has left her with multiple surgical scars.