It’s time to normalize shortness! No longer will we be made to feel shame because we can’t ride certain rollercoasters, or reach that kitchen cabinet over the refrigerator, or have a trusty stepping stool, step ladder, platform shoes, etc. No, we must turn to short celebrities to inspire us and remind us that no matter our stature, we can still loom large! After all, the best things come in small packages! Shorties, we’re like little treasures.
We wanted to get a better idea of the short celebrities that are right in front of our eyes so we consulted IMDB to get a better idea of the heights of certain celebs. We were shocked, shocked to learn that so many of the celebrities we were certain towered over others are actually short. Let’s take a look at some of our findings of the short yet sweet celebs who you likely never knew were short!
Take a Look at These Hugely Popular Short Celebrities!
Here’s one of the short celebrities that was starring us right in the face. Lil’ Kim‘s got “lil'” in her name after all. Kim stands at just 4’11″. Despite not breaking five feet tall, Kim proved through the years that she’s not one to overlook. She’s a superstar!
One of the biggest names in Hollywood today, Reese Witherspoon, stands at just 5’2″. In addition to acting, the iconic star also has her own production companies (yes, more than one!) that are behind some of your favorite movies and TV shows.
Witherspoon’s friend, Zoë Kravitz, is the exact same height as Witherspoon. “I went through a really awkward phase. I was short and brown, surrounded by tall girls with boobs and blonde hair,” Kravitz told Elle about starting her career in the fashion and entertainment industries. “I didn’t have beauty as a crutch, and I’m thankful for that because I had to develop my personality.” She is one of the short celebrities we assumed was taller.
Passionate conservationist, Bindi Irwin, stands at just 4’11”. She has done an excellent job carrying her father’s legacy and forging a path for herself.
You know Big Bang Theory‘s Melissa Rauch is short if you watched the show as her stature was a big deal for the character Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz in the show. But, for those of us who never saw the show, we had no idea she was only 4’11”.
Candace Cameron Bure
Full House‘s Candace Cameron Bure is actually petite. The star stands 5’2″ tall. We watched her through our entire childhood and never noticed that she was not very tall. It just goes to show, as with many short celebrities on this list, height is just a number.
Simone Biles is proof that you can be one of the most decorated, celebrated, and inspirational athletes without cracking five feet. Ms. Biles stands at just 4’8″ and she’s clearly not letting that stop her from wowing the world with her incredible talent, tenacity, and grit.
Giada De Laurentiis
Giada De Laurentiis is a giant among other celebrity chefs despite being just 5’2″. She’s not letting her height get in the way of her upward climb as one of home cooks most trusted cookbook author and chefs.
Country music superstar Maren Morris is a presence to reckon with on stage. However, the singer is just 5’1″. Yes, this Grammy-winner is breaking barriers and kicking butt along the way!
Jada Pinkett Smith
It’s very easy to forget that Jada Pinkett Smith is 4’11”. It only takes you seeing her next to husband, Will Smith, who is a whopping 6’2″ tall. But, as you can see, whithout him around she looks so tall and in charge.
Leading man Daniel Radcliffe is one of the short celebrities on this list that you might have never noticed was all that short. He stands at just 5’5″. We love a short king!
Anna Kendrick, who stands at just 5’2″ has come to terms with her height and learned to love it. In an interview with Esquire, the Pitch Perfect star opened up about her height. “I was angsty about my height when I was younger, but I love it now,” she told the outlet. “Why wouldn’t you want to be a little compact being?”
Rapper Nicki Minaj is another one of the celebrities that clocks in at 5’2″. She might be small in height but she’s hitting the tip of the top of the Hip Hop charts.
With a larger than life presence acting, doing comedy, or just being herself, Awkwafina is such a force. We love that she’s kicking butt and stealing hearts from the modest height of just 5’1″. We honestly had no idea she would end up on this list of short celebrities.
Kate Mara is another one of the short celebrities we did not know was actually a short queen. Mara stands at just 5’2″. If you enjoyed her performance in the recent miniseries, A Teacher, did you clock her height? Doubtful!
Despite having legs for days, Ariana Grande is an even 5′ tall. Not so Grande after all, but there’s no denying that her height is not stopping this pop star’s tremendous talent, who stands above the rest.
Singer, actor, choreographer, dancer, all-around dauntless entertainer, Paula Abdul also only stands 5′ tall. She might be petite but she’s a powerhouse!
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We admit that the Pretty Little Liars association should have clued us in that actor Lucy Hale is only 5’2″. You’d never know it. This star always looks so elegant and sophisticated.
Legendary, indelible, and glamorous are some words that come to mind when we think of Salma Hayek. The star is only 5’2″ and she’s even spoken about her height. “I act tall!” she said. “But look how short I am…I can’t even act to be tall. I’m five-two. I can’t even create the illusion that I am tall!”
Perhaps it’s Cynthia Erivo‘s unparalleled personal style or simply her magnetism and outstanding talent on screen, but we never knew she was one of the short celebrities working today. She stands at 5’1″. Who knew!?
Shawn Johnson East
One of our favorite moms, Olympic Gold medalist Shawn Johnson East is 4’11”. She’s proof that short women can do absolutely anything they set their minds to.
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing actor, singer, and activist Janelle Monae perform, you likely have never noticed that she is among other short celebrities on this list. The superstar stands at just 5′ tall.
Another celebrity parent who keeps it refreshingly real, Kristen Bell, is another one of the short celebrities you would never know is 5’1″. The entertainer is a full 14″ shorter than her husband, Dax Shepard.
Nicole Richie, style icon, is only 5’1″ tall as well. We somehow missed this fact through the years. Perhaps it has something to do with the way she dresses. She told People how she dresses for her height:
“I’m 5 feet, 1 inch, so I can’t just go and wear some miniskirt,” Richie explained. “That would look a lot better on someone 5 feet, 9 inches. I have to work with my body… my go-to look is loose pants and a tank top. I’m really into bodysuits. If I am at home, it’s sweats. I like to be super-cozy.”
Game of Thrones alum Emilia Clarke played a dragon, warrior queen on the fantasy show. But, her fiercness and tenacity on the show likely made you look past her stature. Yes, Clarke is another one of the short celebrities you probably never realized were short. She stands at just 5’2″.
One of the world’s biggest stars, Lady Gaga, stand at just 5’1″. Unless you’re a hardcore fan, it likely never occured to you that she was not 7 feet tall as her stage presence is just so commanding and her fashion so on-point.
Yes, somehow we missed that Vanessa Hudgens only stands at 5’1″. Some of you may have grown up with the former Disney star, and thus, never noticed that your idol is not an actual giant.
Did anyone notice that international pop star Kylie Minogue is only 5’1″? Nope, neither did we but she is among the short celebrities whose height shocked us. Now, we can’t get this Aussie out of our head.
We might have just discovered why Dolly Parton seems to always sport big hair; the living legend is only 5′ tall. Actually, it has nothing to do with the hair. She has such an outsized, warm personality that it’s easy not to notice her height at all. All hail, Dolly!
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Eva Longoria was one of the short celebrities who shocked us most. The superstar is only 5′ tall. How did we miss this? Perhaps it’s the fact that her name contains the word “long?” We kid, it’s because she is such a presence that it’s easy to overlook.
There you go! Did a couple of these short celebrities surprise you? We imagine there were some on this list that you had no clue were so short in stature. These short queens and kings prove that big things can come in small packages. Short celebrities, thanks for showing us how it’s done!
Andrew is an Assistant Editor for Mamas Uncut with over ten years of experience as a writer in the creative, marketing, and blogging spaces. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a passion for telling stories in a variety of mediums. Obsessively making lists, reporting celebrity news, and diving into emerging pop cultural topics are a few of his interests.
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- 0.2 Lil’ Kim
- 0.3 Reese Witherspoon
- 0.4 Zoë Kravitz
- 0.5 Bindi Irwin
- 0.6 Melissa Rauch
- 0.7 Candace Cameron Bure
- 0.8 Simone Biles
- 0.9 Giada De Laurentiis
- 0.10 Maren Morris
- 0.11 Jada Pinkett Smith
- 0.12 Daniel Radcliffe
- 0.13 Anna Kendrick
- 0.14 Nicki Minaj
- 0.15 Awkwafina
- 0.16 Kate Mara
- 0.17 Ariana Grande
- 0.18 Paula Abdul
- 1 Keep Reading for Even More Short Celebrities!
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