Big Things Come In Small Packages:15 Celebrity Women 5’2″ And Shorter
They may be the shortest person in any given room but don’t get it twisted, these 15 celebrity women prove that big things come in small packages.
Ballet dancer Misty Copeland is considered by many to be the first Black female soloist in the American Ballet Theatre. Even though she didn’t start dancing until the age of 13, in just two years Copeland, considered a prodigy, was fielding numerous professional offers. Standing at a petite 5 feet and 2 inches, Copeland was appointed a soloist in 2007. A standout among her peers, she impressed the legendary musician Prince during a two-day video shoot for in 2009 so much, the purple one became her mentor and friend.
Although she played one on television, Eva Longoria’s height is hardly the thing models are made of. Standing at just 5 feet, 2 inches (some would argue her height is actually an inch shorter than that), Longoria became a household name thanks to her role as supermodel Gabrielle Solis on ABC’s hit series “Desperate Housewives.” In addition to her role as the high-heels wearing housewife, Longoria is also known for her love of athletes. The Texas native was married to San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker for three years and was romantically linked to New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and NBA player Matt Barnes.
She may only be 5 feet, 2 inches but Lady Gaga has millions and millions of adoring Monsters following her every move. The diminutive mega star’s career exploded after the release of her debut album Fame in 2008. It took no time for Lady Gaga to gain fans across the globe. With her outrageous costumes and over-the-top performances, Lady Gaga became an inspiration for misfits and the misunderstood everywhere. The New York native has branched out with other business ventures including her own line of fragrances. Lady Gaga is currently dating NBC’s “Chicago Fire” actor and hottie Taylor Hinney.
Alyssa Milano is perhaps best known for playing the wise cracking tomboy Samantha Micelli on the 80’s sitcom “Who’s The Boss?” Since then, the five-foot-two-inch star has worked on movies both in front of and behind the camera. Making her television return some years later, Milano joined the cast of “Melrose Place” for two seasons before starring in “Charmed” for eight years. The Brooklyn native has used her star power for good working as a UNICEF ambassador and raised over $50,000 from her photography to help South African women and children diagnosed with HIV and AIDS. Milano is set to star in ABC’s upcoming series “Mistresses.”
Kristen Chenoweth may be tiny but she is one of Broadway’s biggest stars. After getting her start on the great white way, the 4 foot, 11 inch actress naturally transitioned into television and film. Her short stature was actually an advantage when the 44-year-old Tony winner joined the cast of NBC’s “The West Wing.” “Sometimes the size thing can work for me in ways people don’t expect,” said Chenoweth. “This character [Annabeth Schott] is little and blond, and people don’t expect her to have a brain, but she’s really incredibly smart.”
Who knew that a voice that powerful could come out of Christina Aguilera’s 5 foot, 2 inch frame? The big-voiced singer got her start in the entertainment industry at the age of 12 when she joined the Mickey Mouse Club. Determined to shed the sweet and wholesome Disney image, Aguilera rebranded herself as a sultry vixen and her career took off. Most recently, the Staten Island native wrapped up her stint as a judge on NBC’s singing competition “The Voice” in order to hit the road as part of a world tour to promote her seventh album Lotus.
Kim Kardashian is used to making headlines on her own but on New Year’s Eve of last year, her boyfriend beat her to the punch. During a concert in Atlantic City, New Jersey, rapper Kanye West shocked the world by announcing that his girlfriend Kim Kardashian was pregnant with their first child. The 5 foot, 2 inch star is no stranger to the limelight but has revealed she will be leading a more private life once she becomes a mother. The reality show star is expected to give birth this summer. A few days ago, West tweeted the date June 18th. Many speculate that date is their wedding day. Others believe it will be the day Kim gives birth.
As one-half of one of Hollywood’s most powerful couples, Jada Pinkett-Smith juggles overseeing the careers of her superstars-in-training, Jaden and Willow, with the duties of her own career as actress, television, and film producer, and sometimes rocker, all while keeping the flames of her marriage to superstar Will Smith hot. At over 6 feet, Will towers over his tiny spouse. Pinkett-Smith has admitted to purchasing clothes from the children’s department not for her two children but for herself.
Reese Witherspoon was unofficially crowned America’s sweetheart after starring in the 2001 film Legally Blonde. At just 5 feet and 2 inches, the New Orleans native has one of the biggest careers in Hollywood but her status as America’s sweetheart came in jeopardy a few weeks ago after her arrest in Atlanta. While her husband Jim Toth was in the process of being collared for drunk driving, the normally calm and tiny Witherspoon proved to be a firecracker. Refusing to stay in the car or remain quiet, the Academy Award winner had the handcuffs slapped on her wrist and was hauled down to the station along with her husband. Witherspoon has since apologized for her uncharacteristic behavior.
Twenty-four-year-old Zoe Kravitz followed in her mother Lisa Bonet’s footsteps by becoming an actress but she has at least one more thing in common with the former “The Cosby Show” and “A Different World” star. At 5 feet, 2 inches, Kravitz is the exact same height as her mother. Since landing her first movie role in 2007, the California native has found steady work in independent films. Up next for Kravitz is the sci-fi thriller After Earth with Will Smith.
Mary Kate Olsen
At five feet, two inches Mary Kate Olsen is an inch shorter and two minutes younger than her twin sister Ashley. The fraternal twins stole America’s heart when they were just nine months old while starring on the sitcom “Full House.” Since then, Mary Kate and Ashley have amassed a billion dollar empire that includes numerous Disney movies and a string of fashion lines. Although she has reached international superstar status, the tiny star had to overcome a serious hurdle. Olsen entered a treatment center in 2004 to help battle the eating disorder anorexia. After a childhood in front of the camera, Olsen now stays out of the public eye except for a few movie roles and a brief stint on Showtime’s “Weeds.”
Shakira joined forces with rapper, singer and producer Wyclef Jean for the hit single “Hips Don’t Lie” and all eyes have been on the singer ever since. The international 5’2″ superstar, already a hit in Latin America, became a household name in the U.S. in large part to her collaboration with Jean. There for much of her success was boyfriend and business partner of 11 years Antonio de la Rua. After the couple spilt in 2011, Shakira started dating Spanish soccer player Gerard Pique. The couple welcomed their first child together earlier this year. A couple months later, de la Rua filed a lawsuit against his former flame and partner for $250 million, claiming the tiny superstar owes him money for work as her business manager as well as ownership of properties jointly held by the former couple.
Christina Milian’s sultry and honey-covered voice on her hit song “Dip It Low” opened a lot of doors for the singer, including several movie roles. Milian peaked the interest of R&B singer and producer The Dream but he was interested in a lot more than just her voice. The two tied the know after a brief courtship but the marriage barely lasted three months when the duo separated. The now single divorced mom of one recently landed a gig working on Fox’s “X Factor” as a special correspondent. Milian, who’s 5’2″, is also signed to Lil Wayne’s YMCMB label.
Teyana Taylor has only been in the industry for a few years but the pint-sized pistol’s reputation already precedes her. The 5 foot, 2 inch singer is known for her quick temper and her penchant to escalate things to the next level. Last year, Taylor was involved in a fist-fight with a dancer at Miami hot spot LIV. On location at the 2011 independent film Gang of Roses 2, Taylor infamously fought director Jean-Claude La Marre. However, Taylor insisted La Marre threw the first blow and she was defending herself. Tyalor is currently signed under Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. label.
Actress Salma Hayek cut her teeth starring in telenovela’s in her home country before giving a try at tinsel town here in the U.S. The Mexican actress had her breakout role portraying the artist Frida Kahlo in the Academy Award winning 2002 movie Frida. Only at 5 foot, 2 inches, Hayek’s 20-year career includes over 40 movie roles and numerous television guest spots. The sultry actress tied the knot to French billionaire and the father of her child Francios Henri-Pinault in 2009. Hayek has been involved in activism for quite a few years and has recently partnered with superstar singer Beyonce and Frida Gianni for the Gucci campaign “Chime For Change,” which aims to spread female empowerment.