12 Short Female Celebrities Who Are 5’2 (157.48 cm) Tall

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While celebrities often seem larger than life, the reality is that many of them are much shorter than you’d expect! The female celebrities on this list all stand at a petite 5’2.

5’2 is generally considered to be short, but not abnormally so. The average height for a woman in the United States is 5’4, so while 5’2 is below average, it isn’t too far off.

Being short may even give these celebrities (especially the actresses) an advantage, given that it will allow them to maintain a desirable height difference between themselves and their male co-stars.

However, the grass is always greener- many of the women on this list would like to grow a few inches, and share their tips and tricks on how to appear taller!

1. Jenna Dewan

As a dancer, Jenna Dewan’s height works to her advantage. Dancers are often required to be relatively petite and slim, especially at the professional level.

Petite actress Jenna Dewan is much shorter than her boyfriend Steve Kazee and her ex-husband Channing TatumPetite actress Jenna Dewan is much shorter than her boyfriend Steve Kazee (L) and her ex-husband Channing Tatum (Credit: Lia Toby / WENN / Mega)

Similar to gymnasts, this allows them to contort their bodies easier when attempting complicated dance moves.

However, off the dance floor, Jenna Dewan is often spotted wearing sky-high heels on red carpets that elongate her toned legs.

2. Sarah Michelle Gellar

Although she has claimed to be 5’4, Sarah Michelle Gellar is generally believed to be 5’2. Though, working in an industry as scrupulous as Hollywood, it’s hard to blame for the exaggeration.

Sarah Michelle Gellar met her much taller husband Freddie Prinze Jr. in 1997 on the set of the American slasher film I Know What You Did Last SummerSarah Michelle Gellar met her much taller husband Freddie Prinze Jr. in 1997 on the set of the American slasher film I Know What You Did Last Summer (Credit: Z.Tomaszewski / WENN)

In an interview with Self, the actress opened up about the pressure of being in the public eye, stating: “As an actor, I’m incredibly scrutinized. If you wear one bulky sweater, you’re pregnant or you’re fat. When you’re 5 foot 4 like me, any weight gain can look like a lot. People dissect you for 2 pounds. That can be incredibly difficult, but I don’t take it as personally anymore.”

“We all have good days and bad days, and since you can’t please everybody, try to please yourself first. I care only that I’m healthy,” she added.

“Besides, I’m not an actor who is known for her body necessarily. I hope I have a few other things going for me!”

3. Kim Kardashian

One of the most famous women in the world, Kim Kardashian certainly makes an impression- just not necessarily with her height!

Standing at 5’2, she is the second-shortest of all the Kardashian-Jenner sisters, with her older sister Kourtney being the shortest at just 5’0.

5′ 2″ tall reality star Kim Kardashian is about 6 inches shorter than her ex-husband Kanye West5′ 2″ tall reality star Kim Kardashian is about 6 inches shorter than her ex-husband Kanye West (Credit: Ian Wilson / WENN)

Kim Kardashian isn’t the biggest fan of her height and has publicly shared the style tricks she uses to appear taller.

Back in 2016, she wrote an entire blog post titled ‘Short-Girl Problems: My Top 3 Tips For Lengthening Your Look’. Her tips included wearing nude-colored shoes, wearing cropped pants, and always wearing heels.

4. Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek has long been considered one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, regardless of her height. However, years ago in a Redbook Magazine article, she spoke about struggling with her height while growing up, stating:

“I am 5-2, and in Mexico, it was very important to be tall. People used to say that the short thing was a deformity… I’d come home saying, Everybody teases me.”

François-Henri Pinault met his shorter wife Salma Hayek in the spring of 2006 at a gala held at the Palazzo Grassi in VeniceFrançois-Henri Pinault met his shorter wife Salma Hayek in the spring of 2006 at a gala held at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice (Credit: Brian To / WENN)

However, as she has gotten older, Hayek has since gained confidence and learned to embrace her small stature. She went on to say:

“I was really upset about my height. One day, I said, ‘Who decided that it’s better to be tall? Why is it better? Am I less healthy? Am I less capable?”

5. Zoë Kravitz

Zoë Kravitz is another actress who’s quite petite, despite her commanding stage presence. Her slim, streamlined figure also allows her to appear taller than she truly is.

Actress Zoë Isabella Kravitz in a red hooded gown with much taller make-up artist Nina ParkActress Zoë Isabella Kravitz in a red hooded gown with much taller make-up artist Nina Park at the 2021 InStyle Awards at The Getty Center on November 15, 2021, in Los Angeles, California (Credit: Avalon / WENN)

Throughout the years, Zoë Kravitz has also utilized some interesting style techniques to increase her height, such as the 6-inch top knot she wore at the New York premiere of The Divergent Series: Allegiant.

She is also often seen wearing heels on red carpets that elongate her even further.

6. Lisa Bonet

Like mother, like daughter! Lisa Bonet, Zoë Kravitz’s mother, also stands at 5’2.

Jason Momoa (6′ 4″) is 14 inches taller and 12 years younger than his 5′ 2″ tall wife Lisa BonetJason Momoa (6′ 4″) is 14 inches taller and 12 years younger than his 5′ 2″ tall wife Lisa Bonet (Credit: Avalon / WENN)

So, while the two beauties complement one another perfectly, Lisa Bonet looks remarkably short next to her husband Jason Momoa, who stands at a whopping 6’4.

On January 12, 2022, the couple shared a joint statement announcing their split after more than 16 years together.

7. Emilia Clarke

Coincidentally, Jason Momoa has also made the next actress on this list, the charming Emilia Clarke, look incredibly short.

Clarke and Momoa played Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo, respectively, a married couple on the famous show Game of Thrones. Momoa towered over Clarke in all of their scenes together.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Despite her short stature, however, through her portrayal of the formidable dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen, Emilia Clarke proved that just because one is petite does not mean that they can’t also be the most powerful person in the room.

8. Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick is yet another notoriously short actress, who has publicly joked about her height. In an interview with Esquire, she happily proclaimed that her big personality and voice easily make up for any lack of physical height.

5′ 2″ actress Anna Kendrick looks short next to 5' 8" actor William Jackson Harper5′ 2″ actress Anna Kendrick looks short next to 5′ 8″ actor William Jackson Harper at the Tribeca Fall Preview ‘Love Life’ held at the DGA Theatre on October 24, 2021, in New York City (Credit: MEGA / WENN)

She went on to admit that although she felt “angsty” about her height when she was younger and worried that guys preferred tall girls, she now just loves just how “compact” she is, and has realized that most guys love all girls.

Like many of the other women on this list, Anna Kendrick is also a big fan of high heels for red carpets and other events where she dresses in fancier attire.

9. Shakira

The ultra-famous Shakira’s hips don’t lie, and neither does her height (unless she’s wearing heels). Considered one of the hottest women in the world right now, she is an incredibly successful singer in both the English and Spanish-speaking worlds and actually uses her small height to her advantage.

Shakira once told The Daily Mirror: “I’m actually very proud of my short legs, they take me to places – actually when you’re short people feel pity for you, so you can get away with a lot more stuff.”

Shakira posing with much taller singer Jennifer Lopez onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show Press ConferenceShakira posing with much taller singer Jennifer Lopez onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show Press Conference at Hilton Miami Downtown on January 30, 2020, in Miami, Florida (Credit: WENN / Avalon)

She went on to add that if she were tall, she’d “be in a lot of trouble.”Furthermore, despite the length of her legs, or lack thereof, she has absolutely no trouble showing them off. In the same interview with The Daily Mirror, she stated:

“I’ve grown as a woman and if I want to show my legs in a video, does that make me less of a thinking person?” she said. “I don’t think so.”

10. Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy is a popular actress, from her roles in Gilmore Girls to Bridesmaids. She commands almost any scene she’s in on-camera and continues to shine brightly off-camera through her bubbly personality.

Throughout her career, Melissa McCarthy’s weight has fluctuated, but she tends to lean towards the curvier side.

Melissa McCarthy and her taller husband Ben Falcone met at a comedy writing class at The Groundlings Theater & School in Los AngelesMelissa McCarthy and her taller husband Ben Falcone met at a comedy writing class at The Groundlings Theater & School in Los Angeles in 1998 (Credit: Apega / WENN)

As a petite woman, weight fluctuations are more easily seen (as was also noted by Sarah Michelle Gellar), which can be tough for someone in the spotlight.

However, McCarthy has always maintained high confidence and self-esteem, and rightfully so. She showcases what it means to be curvy, short, and stunning all at once.

11. Camila Cabello

A young star, Camila Cabello’s career has consistently grown since her time in Fifth Harmony, to her hit songs Havana and Señorita. Her height, however, has not grown quite as much- she still stands at just 5’2.

While Camila Cabello does wear high heels to almost every red carpet event, on a day-to-day basis, she is known to be extremely confident in her body, including her height. She is known for encouraging body positivity to her fans as well.

Shawn Mendes split from his much shorter girlfriend Camila Cabello in November 2021Shawn Mendes split from his much shorter girlfriend Camila Cabello in November 2021 after dating since July 2019 (Credit: MEGA / WENN)

Most recently, in 2021, she made a TikTok speaking directly to her fans, telling them: “I was just running in the park minding my own business, trying to be fit, trying to keep it healthy, and I’m wearing a top that shows my belly and I wasn’t tucking it in,” the artist said to the camera.

“Because I was running and existing like a normal person that doesn’t tuck it in all the time.”

12. Sarah Hyland

Most know Sarah Hyland from her portrayal of Haley Marshall in the beloved sitcom Modern Family. Although her character Haley is quite the party girl, Sarah Hyland herself is much more laid-back.

She is both short and slim, with extremely long legs. In fact, she once joked on Twitter that:

“If my torso were proportionate to my legs, I’d be around 5’6,” subsequently stating that she was “5’2 and proud of it.”

Sarah Hyland in a Vera Wang dress kisses her much taller fiancé Wells Adams at the 2021 E! People’s Choice AwardsSarah Hyland in a Vera Wang dress kisses her much taller fiancé Wells Adams at the 2021 E! People’s Choice Awards on December 7, 2021, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California (Credit: MEGA / WENN)

However, Sarah Hyland’s slim figure has garnered some criticism throughout the years, with some people telling her to “eat a burger” or otherwise shaming her for being too small.

However, Hyland clapped back at critics in 2017 through a lengthy Twitter post in which she stood up for herself, saying: “I’m not in control of my body type.”

She also cited several ongoing health issues as the reasons behind her slimmer-than-normal figure, effectively silencing hateful critics and proving that although she may have lost some muscle mass, her mental strength was better than ever- no matter what her body looked like.

Overall, there are beautiful celebrities of all ages and body types, and these petite female celebrities prove it.

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