Only 5’11” And Taller Need Apply: 15 Of The Leggiest Ladies In Hollywood
Some celebrities just tower over the rest. Standing at 5 feet and 11 inches or more, these 15 women command attention whenever they walk into a room.
Model turned mogul Kimora Lee Simmons put her stature to good use. Standing at an even six feet, Simmons got her start in modeling early on. By the time she was ten years old, Simmons was 5 feet, 10 inches tall. Her mother enrolled her into modeling classes at the age of 11 and soon after Simmons found herself in Paris. Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, Simmons was picked on because of her ethnicity and height. The 37-year-old mother of three credits modeling with giving her the confidence that she has now: “[Modeling] was a real turning point for me because everything that people considered weird about me before, well, suddenly Karl Lagerfeld said it was OK. He’s one of the biggest names in fashion, so all of a sudden it gave me a validity and introduced me to a whole other world.”
NeNe Leakes’ big personality on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” helped her become a household name in no time. Towering at 5 feet, 11 inches, Leakes stood out from the rest of her castmates. After snagging a spot on Donald Trump’s popular “Celebrity Apprentice,” the Georgia peach’s national profile soared even higher. Leakes used her big personality to help launch an acting career. In addition to starring on “Real Housewives,” Leakes is a recurring actress on Fox’s “Glee” and was a member of NBC’s “The New Normal.”
R&B singer Nicci Gilbert got her first taste of stardom in the 90’s as part of the R&B group Brownstone. Known for her powerful voice and tall stature, Gilbert eventually branched out into other business ventures and started her own full-figured clothing line. Gilbert opened up about her weight and height in a recent interview. “I thought I was chubby as a child, but, looking back on the pictures I realized I was just tall,” said Gilbert. “I wasn’t heavy until I got into college because I was eating pizza every single night. I was a little chunky in high school too.” Gilbert currently stars on the hit reality show “R&B Divas” with Faith Evans and Monica.
Just an inch shy of six feet, actress Nicole Kidman commands attention when she walks into any room. Born to Australian parents in Honolulu, Kidman found refuge in acting during her teens and made her film debut at 15. Although she is currently married to country singer Keith Urban, the Academy award-winning actress was married to fellow actor Tom Cruise for almost a decade. Kidman once joked that since she divorced Cruise, who is 5 feet, 7 inches, she was finally able to wear heels again.
Talk show host Wendy Williams has used her big mouth, big personality and big stature to her advantage. The six foot tall New Jersey native started out in radio and quickly earned a name for herself with her no-hold bars interviews with celebrities and artists. In addition to her talk show, the 47-year-old businesswoman has penned several best-selling books, launched an accessory and shoe line and will be releasing her own wig line later this year. Although she was awkward about her height growing up, Williams has fully embraced towering over everyone else and even adds four inches to her height by wearing heels.
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen seems to live a fairytale life. The Brazilian beauty got her big break in 1998 when Alexander McQueen dubbed her “The Body” after she walked in his spring “Rain” ready-to-wear show. Becoming one of the first Brazilian models to find international success, the 5 foot, 11 inch supermodel soon had the world at her fingertips. After her much-publicized relationship with Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio, Bundchen found true love with NFL superstar quarterback Tom Brady. Bundchen and Brady tied the knot in 2009 and have two children together. Brady also has a son with former girlfriend and actress Bridget Moynahan.
Funny woman Aisha Tyler knew she had the knack for being funny and pursued a career in comedy early on. Although the six foot tall California native graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in environmental policy, Tyler soon moved to Los Angeles to become a full-time comedian. Tyler made headlines in 2003 by becoming one of the few non-white faces on the hit NBC show “Friends.” The 42-year-old actress and avid gamer juggles her duties as the voice of spy agent Lana Kane on FX’s “Archer” and co-host of CBS’ “The Talk” and was recently named as the host of the revamped show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”
No woman has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue more than supermodel Elle Macpherson. The six foot tall blonde beauty holds the record at five covers. After a successful career in modeling that earned her millions of dollars and international fame, Macpherson used her fame and moniker “The Body” (given to her by Time Magazine) to launch successful lingerie and cosmetics lines. The single mother of two recently hosted the first season of NBC’s “Fashion Star.”
After a decade of modeling, Rebecca Romijn made the natural transition to acting. She landed the biggest role of her career as the character Mystique in the 2000 blockbuster film X-Men. The California native definitely turned heads by having her 5 foot, 11 inch frame completely covered in blue paint, and barely anything else! Six years later, the former model once again became Mystique for the sequel X-Men: The Last Stand. Romjin is currently married to her second husband, Jerry O’Connell. The couple has two children together.
Ivanka Trump can thank both of her parents for her height. Dad Donald Trump stands at six feet, three inches tall while her mother Ivana is six feet even. Just an inch shorter than her mother, Ivanka naturally started out in modeling before going into the family business. In addition to inheriting her father’s height, Ivanka also has his business acumen. The younger Trump is the Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions at The Trump Organization. Following in her daddy’s footsteps once again, Ivanka launched her own collection line that includes handbags, fragrances, outerwear,
eyewear and shoes.
Standing at six feet tall, Uma Thurman has the height of a karate-kicking bride. The 43-year-old actress actually played one in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Volume 1 and Kill Bill Volume 2. The 43-year-old actress went through a very public divorce from ex-husband Ethan Hawke after news of his affair with the nanny surfaced. The blonde beauty is currently dating London-based financier Arpad Busson. They have one child together. Thurman also has two children with Hawke.
Actress Geena Davis had to learn how to deal with standing out from the crowd at an early age. In high school, Davis was the tallest girl at six feet. The former model got her break in acting after she was cast in Sydney Pollack’s Tootsie. Davis went on to star in over 20 films including the action-thriller The Long Kiss Goodnight and the cult classic Beetlejuice but she is perhaps best known for starring in the critically-acclaimed and Academy award-winning film Thelma & Louise. Davis is currently married to her fourth husband Reza Jarrahy. They have three children together.
Although she is best known for her epic break up songs like “Dear John” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Taylor Swift is also known for her commanding presence onstage. The country/pop megastar stands at a whopping 5 feet, 11 inches without heels. Swift, the youngest artist to win a Grammy for Album of the Year, has made it no secret that her former flames will wind up in her songs. In a recent interview with Instyle UK, Swift gave her exes permission to write songs about their failed relationships. “If I’m gonna write songs about my exes they can write songs about me,” Swift said. “That’s how it works. I’m not gonna complain about it. I’m not gonna sit there and say, ‘I’m the only one who can write songs about this relationship.’ It’s fair game.”
Standing at 5 feet and 11 inches, Stacy Keibler’s long legs have helped her earn several nicknames. As a wrestler, Keibler was one of the few women that could put her 42-inch legs over the second tier of ropes surrounding the ring. Keibler would tease male goers in the audience by slowly and seductively raising her leg while going through the ropes to expose her underwear. Being one of the tallest women in wrestling, Keibler was dubbed “The Legs of WCW” and “The Legs of WWE.” As a contestant on the second season of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars,” the wrestler turned actress was crowned “The Weapon of Mass Seduction” by judge Bruno Tinioli because of those long legs.
Singer Jordin Sparks became the youngest ever to be crowned winner of “American Idol” at the tender age of 17. The Phoenix, Arizona native and daughter of former football player Phillippi Sparks probably has her father to thank for her six-foot stature. Last summer, Sparks famously dropped 50 lbs after a bout with an illness forced her to address her health. “I got really sick in the fall of 2010 right after Broadway ” Sparks revealed. “And I was just like, I am not going to take my health for granted anymore. This changes right here, right now.”