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Street Style Surveys: What Are The Ideal Stats For A Fashion Model?

Twenty-one New York Fashion Week attendees give their thoughts on this weighty issue.

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Fashion models' measurements are crucial. They're also controversial.

With precious few exceptions to the industry rule, female models stand (before heels) between 5'8" and 5'11"; male models, 5'11" or taller. (Similar height guidelines are listed in the helpful/dream-crushing "become a model" section on many top agencies' websites. You can be 5'7"-ish only if you're 14 years old and still growing — or if you're Kate Moss.)

With similarly precious few exceptions (and thus discounting the plus-size sector) to the industry rule, female models weigh in between 90 lbs. and 120 lbs; male models, 120 lbs. to 160 lbs. That's according to leading resource models.com, at least — weight requirements are not so easy to find listed publicly. But is such rigidity for the best? We asked well-dressed fashion fans at Lincoln Center how they felt models should measure up — their thoughts on the ideal weight and/or height for a model working the runways, campaigns, and editorial shoots.

12. And many more pushed the boundaries, weight-wise, a little. Because what's 5 or so pounds between friends?

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A Thai food takeout dinner (double order of scallion pancakes — yes, please) delivered with free prawn crackers and a bottle of white wine, basically. And that can't be a bad thing. Excuse me while I go order Thai food right now, in fact.


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That's basically 5'8" and 130 pounds — a veritable catch-22 situation: Chunky heels needed to make the grade height-wise, but an absence of chunky heels required to make the grade weight-wise. WHAT TO DO? Eat more Thai food. I'm so there.

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