How Hilary Duff Handles Her Short Height With Style

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Hilary Duff was born on September 28, 1987, in Houston, Texas. Joel Madden’s ex-girlfriend began taking ballet classes and auditioning for local theatrical productions at a young age because she greatly admired her older sister, who was undertaking the same activities.

Ultimately, both siblings would find success in the entertainment industry.

Hillary Duff (R) was inspired by her older sister Haylie Duff to become an actressHillary Duff (R) was inspired by her older sister Haylie Duff to become an actress (Credit: Tinseltown / Shutterstock)

Hilary Duff was first known to the public for her role as the titular character on the Disney Channel’s Lizzie McGuire.

The show was a smash hit, and Hilary Duff moved onto several other teen and young adult rom-coms in the early 2000s, such as The Lizzie McGuire Movie and A Cinderella Story.

Hilary Duff as Samantha "Sam" Montgomery and Dan Byrd as Carter Farrell in the 2004 American teen romantic comedy film A Cinderella StoryHilary Duff as Samantha “Sam” Montgomery and Dan Byrd as Carter Farrell in the 2004 American teen romantic comedy film A Cinderella Story (Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

For many millennials and older members of gen-z, Hilary Duff is an iconic and beloved actress.

How Tall Is Hilary Duff?

Hilary Duff stands at 5’1 and a half, specifically, 157 centimeters. Though, when commenting on her own height, she often rounds up to say she’s 5’2.

This height makes her relatively short for a woman. The average woman in the United States stands at around 5’4. However, given that Hilary Duff works in the entertainment industry alongside the likes of runway models, it makes sense that she may feel shorter compared to most of her immediate reference group.

Hilary Duff looks short surrounded by Sutton Foster, Debi Mazur, Miriam Shor, and Molly BernardHilary Duff looks short surrounded by Sutton Foster, Debi Mazur, Miriam Shor, and Molly Bernard at the LA Press Day For Comedy Central, Paramount Network, And TV Land at The London West Hollywood on May 30, 2019, in West Hollywood, California (Credit: DFree / Shutterstock)

Hilary Duff has spoken to the press on several occasions about the insecurities she faces as a shorter woman. In 2016, when asked if she could change anything about her appearance, she told StyleCaster:

“I’d probably be a little taller. I’m 5’2″. I’d honestly be happy at 5’4″, but I’d maybe want to be 5’5″.

How Does Hilary Duff Handle Being Short?

Despite her short stature, Hilary Duff has found several ways to trick the eye and lengthen her silhouette through her style.

Firstly, using one of the most common style tricks for shorter women, Hilary Duff is a huge fan of heels. On a red carpet, she once told reporters that she wears big heels all the time to compensate for her height.

Hilary Duff boosted her height in Giuseppe Zanotti sandals paired with a Maria Lucia Hohan Fall 2013 dress at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music AwardsHilary Duff boosted her height in Giuseppe Zanotti sandals paired with a Maria Lucia Hohan Fall 2013 dress at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on May 1, 2014, in Los Angeles (Credit: Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock)

As she’s grown older and started a family of her own, she’s updated her wardrobe to accommodate her new lifestyle. She told Yahoo!:

“My everyday vibe is jeans and shorts, if I’m getting ready for an event or have some sort of work dinner I tend to dress a little sharper. And I like things that have structure — I’m only 5’2″ so I dress very specifically because I’m so short.”

Hilary Duff's black and gold Giuseppe Zanotti high heels made her look much tallerHilary Duff’s black and gold Giuseppe Zanotti high heels made her look much taller (Credit: Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock)

Sharp, structured looks are definitely flattering and an easy way to play with proportions for smaller frames.

5 Other Short Celebrities

While Hilary Duff may not be the biggest fan of her own height, she certainly isn’t the only short celebrity.

Despite the numerous statuesque models in the industry, there are several smaller celebrity women as well – here are a few who also stand around 5’1, just like Hilary Duff:

1. Lady Gaga

Although Lady Gaga is known for being larger than life thanks to her crazy stage outfits and outstanding performances, she is actually quite petite.

She also compensates for her height with extremely high heels- and did so even more often when she first came into the spotlight.

2. Vanessa Hudgens

A fellow Disney star, Vanessa Hudgens is also a very petite celebrity who first came into the spotlight for High School Musical.

3. Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon is not well known for her short height, and does a great job of playing with her proportions through her style and excellent posture.

4. Kristen Bell

Instead of compensating for her height, Kristen Bell simply embraces it. She is well known for being a petite beauty!

5. Kourtney Kardashian

The shortest member of the Kardashian clan is also ironically the oldest, though she also does an excellent job of wearing flattering apparel that maximizes her proportions.

You might not even realize how short she is unless she’s standing next to her 5’9 half-sister Kendall Jenner!

Hilary Duff wears her hair up as she grocery shops with her son, Luca Cruz ComrieHilary Duff wears her hair up as she grocery shops with her son, Luca Cruz Comrie, on November 11, 2012, in Los Angeles (Credit: WENN)

In November 2012, Hilary Duff ran some errands with her son in a pair of height-boosting Isabel Marant Étoile “Bobby” wedge sneakers.

She paired her casual-chic shoes with floral-printed black Level 99 jeans and a black zip-up hoodie.

Hilary Duff wears floral-printed black jeans as she takes her son grocery shopping in Los AngelesHilary Duff wears floral-printed black jeans as she takes her son grocery shopping in Los Angeles (Credit: WENN)

She carried a reusable grocery Goyard St. Louis tote and styled her hair up in a casual messy bun.

Hilary Duff runs errands in red Isabel Marant wedge sneakersHilary Duff runs errands in red Isabel Marant wedge sneakers (Credit: WENN)

We’ve previously featured these shoes in olive green on Nicki Hilton. However, we really like the cheery red option. They’d look great with black skinnies or leggings and a printed tunic.

You can check out similar wedge sneakers from the same fashion designer at Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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