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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.

1. Our survey says: Some showgoers remain idealistic.

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Which is nice.

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3. This sort of argument is easy to make when you're working as a model, like this surveyee.

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4. But most folks seemed to know their stuff.

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5. And agree with the industry's current status quo.

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6. Answering in good ol' American pounds.

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(Note: He originally answered 90 pounds, but rounded up for the photo op so he didn't "seem terrible.")

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8. And those crazy European kilograms.

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(That's approximately 110 pounds, for folks scared of the metric system.)

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(And that's about 120 pounds, which is fair game only if the model in question is breathing in.)

10. Ironically enough, a 6'0" model might be too tall.

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And at 115 pounds on such a heighty frame, quite possibly only visible from certain angles.

11. Some skewed toward the more "reasonable" end of the height/weight scale.

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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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About 132 pounds.

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16. A generous set of statistics.

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17. A not wholly serious set of statistics.

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"LOL"

18. And one would-be model putting her own measurements out there.

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That's the spirit!

19. In fact, here's some more positivity to finish up on.

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I mean, I just ate some Thai food, but if you insist.