It is often hard to guess the height of our favorite leading ladies when we catch them on the big or small screens – that camera can sure work miracles! So, you’d probably be amazed by how tall these high-profile celebs are in real life.
We’ve compiled a thorough list of female stars who rise above the others, amongst them some of our most beloved musicians, athletes, models and actresses – and we arranged it from shortest to tallest (although even the shortest VIP here towers above most of us).
Ranging from 5’8½” to 6’5″, you wouldn’t believe how tall some of these familiar faces really stand!
Kate Upton – 5′ 8½”
Kate Upton is one of the most successful models working in America today.
In addition to her very popular photoshoots, Upton has been the star of numerous commercials and advertising campaigns, as well as several films and TV shows, including films like The Other Woman, The Layover and The Disaster Artist.
Upton’s impressive looks are reportedly even more impressive in person, where her height of 5’8½” makes her a commanding presence in any room she enters.
Jennifer Lawrence – 5’9″
Acclaimed Academy Award winning actress, Jennifer Lawrence, is best known for her powerful role as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games film series.
But the 5 foot 9 actress is pretty indecisive when it comes to her height. In 2010 she stated on her website: “I’m 5’7″ and a half”. A year later, however, she changed her mind, saying she was five nine. By 2013, she apparently lost an inch as she said “I’m like five eight.”
Referring to her height, she once said: “When I’m in high heels I feel like an ogre, I can’t walk and my feet are uncomfortable.”
Padma Lakshmi – 5’9″
Padma Lakshmi is an author, model and television host. Her modelling career started when she was 21 and studying in Madrid. She went on to host the popular cooking competition Top Chef, for which she was nominated for an Emmy award.
As a model, it’s only natural that she is 5 foot 9. But being this tall can sometimes call for interesting situations. Talking about her first encounter with the legendary singer Prince, for example, Lakshmi said: “I didn’t know how small or how much shorter he was than me when I first was talking to him like this. That was a shock. He was 5’2″. And barefoot, I’m 5’9.”
Charlize Theron – 5′ 9½”
Charlize Theron’s career in Hollywood has been long and impressive.
Acting since the mid-’90s, Theron has played in films like The Devil’s Advocate, The Italian Job, Monster – for which she received several awards and nominations – Mad Max: Fury Road, where she starred as the now iconic Imperator Furiosa, Kubo and the TWo Strings, Tully and many more, Theron is truly a Hollywood icon – and her impressive stature seems to compliment her larger than life place in the film industry.
Lynda Carter – 5′ 9½”
Before Gal Gadot took on the role of Wonder Woman and made it her own, Lynda Carter was synonymous with DC Comics’ amazonian superhero.
After winning Miss World America in 1972, the feminist icon went on the star in several classic television shows and movies.
Recently, Carter has returned to the DC Comics universe, this time in the role of U.S. President Olivia Marsdin in the CW’s Supergirl – a fitting franchise for the classic Wonder Woman actress.
Sydney Tamiia Poitier – 5′ 9½”
The daughter of Bahamian actor and director Sir Sidney Poitier and Canadian actress Joanna Shimkus, Sydney Tamiia Poitier is a well established actress in her own right.
Making her film debut in 1998’s Park Day, the 5’9½” Poitier went on to star in films like True Crime, Death Proof and The List, as well as in television shows like Veronica Mars, Grey’s Anatomy, the 2008 remake of Knight Rider, in which she starred in the lead role, and, in recent years, in Amazon’s thriller webseries, Homecoming.
Liv Tyler – 5’10”
Liv Tyler starred in movies such as Armageddon, The Incredible Hulk, Jersey Girland Reign Over Me, but is perhaps best known for portraying Arwen Undómiel in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
At 5 foot 10, this American actress is the same height as her dad, Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler.
When asked to comment about her exceptional height, Tyler said, “I’m 5 foot 10, wear size 8, have size 10 feet and big bones, but that doesn’t make me a big girl”.
Adriana Lima – 5’10”
Brazilian model and longest-running Victoria’s Secret Angel, Adriana Lima, has been modelling since the age of 15. This 5 foot 10 beauty has been a spokesmodel for Maybelline since 2003 and was featured in commercials for the Super Bowl.
But Lima’s career and talent don’t end there – she also has a passion for acting. Her first role was in the 2001 movie The Follow and she also appeared on two CBS sitcoms, How I Met Your Mother and The Crazy Ones.
Mandy Moore – 5’10”
Actress and singer Mandy Moore returned to the small screen a few years ago with the role of Rebecca Pearson in the NBC drama This Is Us. Being 5 foot 10, she’s a bit taller than her husband on the show, played by Milo Ventimiglia.
“I’m 5 foot 10 now, and I love being a tall woman”, commented the actress in 2004. “I was pretty average until I was 14, and then I went through a spurt where I grew 4 inches in one summer. At first, I felt a little gangly, but now I’m proud”.
Taylor Swift – 5’10”
It might not be obvious at first glance, but pop singer Taylor Swift is extremely tall! The “Look What You Made Me Do” star is 5 foot 10, not including high heels.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Swift tweaked a bit the numbers, saying: “I’m 5’11’’, so when I wear heels, it’s definitely a really good view that I have. I’m like 6’2’’ when I wear heels, so I tend to wear cowboy boots a lot”.
In a 2013 Vanity Fair interview she claimed to be 5 foot 10. And by 2015, she’s made a remarkable claim, saying: “I grew an inch (in the past year) which means I’m the latest developing human in the world”.
Mira Sorvino – 5’10”
Remember Romy White from the 1997 hit Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion? Being 5 foot 10 tall, Mira Sorvino was actually 2 inches taller than her co-star, Lisa Kudrow.
But Sorvino’s first big movie role was a couple years back, in Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite. Not only did that role pave her way to stardom, it also won her a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.
The talented actress later appeared in movies like Mimic, The Replacement Killers, Human Trafficking and Norma Jean & Marilyn.
Blake Lively – 5’10”
It’s hard to imagine that Blake Lively had any problems regarding her looks. But the Gossip Girl star took to her Instagram account, recalling that kids in elementary school often made fun of her, nicknaming her Big Bird because of her height.
Blake, who is 5 foot 10, has commented in the past that her height had also made it difficult for her to go on dates. “I love really high heels, so it becomes a problem sometimes… you don’t want to feel like the man”, she told Access Hollywood back in 2012.
It’s a good thing that her husband, Ryan Reynolds, is 6 foot 2.
Jordin Sparks – 5’10”
American singer and actress Jordin Sparks was only 17 when she took the sixth season of American Idol by storm, making her the youngest winner of the hit TV show. At 5 foot 10, the Grammy nominated artist is known to be a show stopper.
In 2014, she took to Facebook to refute the rumors about her height, saying: “Just to be clear, I’m 5’10” NOT 6ft. Although, my high heels, that I love so much, definitely make me over 5’10″”.
Tilda Swinton – 5′ 10″
Academy Award winning actress Tilda Swinton is known for playing diverse roles in movies such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Only Lovers Left Alive, We Need to Talk About Kevin, and War Machine.
The 5 foot 10 actress once commented about her androgynous figure, saying: “I’m very often referred to as ‘Sir’ in elevators and such. I think it has to do with being this tall and not wearing much lipstick. I think people just can’t imagine I’d be a woman if I look like this”.
Jenna Elfman – 5’10”
Golden Globe winning actress Jenna Elfman is best known for her lead role as Dharma on the Dharma & Greg. She also appeared in EdTV, Keeping the Faith and Friends with Benefits.
Elfman was actually trained to be a professional ballerina from age five, but had to quit dancing after she sustained a serious injury.
The 5 foot 10 stunner said it wasn’t easy growing up: “Oh goodness, I grew five inches in one year and there’s a lot of phenomena that goes along with that! Trying to be a ballerina when your muscles are stretching, like, an inch a day?”
Kate Middleton – 5’10”
Time magazine included Kate Middleton on their list of 100 most influential people in the world.
But before she became the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton was studying art history at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. That was where she met her future husband Prince William in 2001. The couple announced their engagement in November 2011 and got married a few months later.
At 5 foot 10, the Duchess is still 5 inches shorter than the Prince.
Anna Nicole Smith – 5′ 10″
Anna Nicole Smith was one of the ’90s greatest and biggest stars.
Her face graced the covers of countless magazines, and her larger than life personality was the source of much media coverage and public interest – but one fact that is often overlooked is just how tall the iconic star was.
Standing at an impressive 5’10”, Anna Nicole Smith’s height seems fitting, considering just how big her personality and media presence were!
Khloe Kardashian – 5’10”
While Kim and Kourtney Kardashian are around 5 feet tall, their younger sister Khloe is a whopping 5 foot 10. In the past, the TV mogul said that being the tall sister isn’t always fun. “They are 5 foot and 5 foot 2, so I look massive next to them. Everyone expects me to be 9 feet tall and weigh 200 pounds (when they meet me).”
On the other hand, her half-sister Kendall Jenner is the same height as her, so at least she can find some comfort in that.
Natasha Henstridge – 5’10”
We’ve seen Natasha Henstridge in films such as Species, The Whole Nine Yards, Ghosts of Mars and TV shows Eli Stone and The Secret Circle. But the 5 foot 10 Canadian actress started off as a model, where her height came in handy.
As an actress, though, being tall can sometimes be a burden. Henstridge says: “I’ve had a lot of hearing, ‘She’s too tall.’ I’m 5 foot 9 1/2, which is like 6 foot 5 in acting height. But what am I going to do? I can’t shrink”.
Laura Prepon – 5’10”
It’s hard not to fall in love with Laura Prepon, playing the role of Alex Vause in the Netflix acclaimed series Orange is the New Black. At 5 foot 10, the actress is one of the tallest female stars on set. And being the same height as her co-star, Jason Biggs, Prepon usually avoids wearing high heels.
Her other notable appearances include movies such as Come Early Morning, Lay the Favorite, The Girl on the Train and The Hero.
D’Arcy Carden 5′ 10″
D’Arcy Beth Carden is best known for her starring role as Janet on The Good Place.
She has been acting since 2009, and has appeared in television shows like Inside Amy Schumer, Broad City, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Veep in addition to her lead role on The Good Place, and is considered one of the promising young actors to watch in the next few years.
Queen Latifah – 5’10”
American rapper Queen Latifah (Dana Elaine Owens) started her musical career pretty early, and by the age 19 had already released her debut album All Hail the Queen.
The 5 foot 10 sensation is considered one of hip-hop’s pioneer feminists, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006 for her contributions to the industry.
But her height came in handy long before she became a musician, being a power forward on her high school basketball team.
Rachel Nichols – 5′ 10″
The 5’10” Rachel Nichols began modeling while she was still attending Columbia University in the late ’90s. By the early ’00s, she was acting in major productions.
Her first major role was as Jessica Matthews in 2003’s Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd.
Since then she’s appeared in films such as J.J. Abrams’ 2009’s Star Trek, 2016’s Pandemic and in the DC Universe Network’s Titans.
Jameela Jamil – 5′ 10½
Jameela Jamil is a British actress, writer, model and presenter.
She started her career hosting the BBC radio’s Official Chart, and made radio history by becoming the first sole female presenter of the show.Tahani Al-Jamil in the critically acclaimed television show The Good Place.
In 2016, Jamil moved to America with the hopes of becoming a screenwriter, and was cast as Tahani Al-Jamil in the critically acclaimed television show The Good Place.
Jamil is also a social activist, taking part in activities to support disabled people, as well as in promoting body positivity online.
Doutzen Kroes – 5′ 10½”
Doutzen Kroes is a Dutch supermodel and actress.
Modeling since 2003, she became a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2008, and has been a brand ambassador and spokesperson for L’Oréal Paris since 2009.
One of the top five best paid models in the world, she boasts an estimated annual salary of over $5 million.
Her first breakthrough was when photos of her, shot by photographer Steven Meisel, were featured on the cover of Vogue Italia in 2005.
Standing at 5′ 10½”, she truly is a giant of the modeling world!
Uma Thurman – 5’11”
The Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill star, Uma Thurman, is known for her multifaceted talent, enhanced by her striking features. The 5 foot 11 super star is an inch taller than her ex-husband Ethan Hawke – not including high heels.
But Thurman had stated that being tall was just one of the things that made her feel awkward as a child. “I was not particularly bright, I wasn’t very athletic, I was a little too tall, odd, funny looking, I was just really weird as a kid”, said the actress.
Karolina Kurkova – 5’11”
Czech model and actress, Karolina Kurkova, is a former Victoria’s Secret Angel, Vogue cover star and one of the world’s top earning models. Growing up in Czechoslovakia, Kurkova decided to pursue a modelling career at the age 15, moving to Milan and later New York City.
In interviews, Kurkova, who is 5 foot 11, talks about how she was made fun for her height as a kid. “Growing up, I was very different”, she said once. “People always used to look at me and point at me because I was very tall and very long. I was different, so I wasn’t very comfortable with the way I looked. So definitely through modeling and being in front of the camera and people, I got my confidence”.
Nicole Kidman – 5’11”
We’ve enjoyed Nicole Kidman’s amazing performances for many years now, and most recently watched her on HBO’s hit series Big Little Lies, playing Celeste Wright.
The Australian actress stands at 5 foot 11, making her an inch taller than her husband Keith Urban.
In an interview, Kidman said that people used to mock her because of her height, calling her “Storky”, but that she didn’t take those comments to heart. “Most tall women stoop to look smaller. I learned early on to be totally self-assured about my height… When I see a guy going out with a taller girl, I immediately like him”, said Kidman.
Gisele Bündchen – 5’11”
Super models have to be outstandingly tall if they want to stand out, it’s part of their job description! So we can’t be blown away by the fact that one of the most sought after models in the world is 5 foot 11.
Brazilian model, Gisele Bundchen, may be the tallest woman in the room, but when she stands next to her husband, Tom Brady, she actually looks pretty petite. The football superstar in an impressive 6 foot 4.
Tyra Banks – 5’11”
Tyra Banks has been dominating the runway since the tender age of 15. The 5 foot 11 model was a Victoria’s Secret Angel from 1997 to 2005 and the first woman of African American descent to rock the covers of GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
One of the highest paid models in the world, Banks was the creator and presenter of the popular reality television series America’s Next Top Model.
She also took up acting and appeared on Gossip Girl and Glee.
Sigourney Weaver – 5’11”
Sigourney Weaver was the first person to win two acting Golden Globes in the same year, for her roles in Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl.
The famous actress was considered tall even as a child, and was reportedly 5′ 10½” at the age of 14. But being tall wasn’t always easy. Talking about her height, Weaver said that “Being tall has a major impact. It takes courage to be as big as you are – to live up to it and not be intimidated by the graceful, tiny people”.
Sibi Bale – 5′ 11″
Actress Sibi Blažić, sometimes known as Sibi Bale, after she has taken her husband’s Christian Bale’s last name, Sibi was a stuntwoman on 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, where her husband, Christian, starred in the titular role of Batman.
In addition to her marriage to Christian Bale, Sibi is also a long time friend of actress Winona Ryder, and even worked as her personal assistant for a while!
Rebecca Romijn – 5’11”
Many of us were first introduced to Rebecca Romijn as the mutant Mystique in the original X-Men movies. Her athletic 5 foot 11 figure definitely helped bring the super human character to life.
But growing up, this gorgeous actress and model had some issues with her height. In interviews, she talks about being an awkward teen, and growing six inches in one summer. Romijn says that: “sometimes I get self-conscious about wearing 4-inch heels. But (my husband) loves me in them, so who am I to say no?”
Kristanna Loken – 5’11”
American actress and former model Kristanna Loken had notable roles in movies such as BloodRayne and Bounty Killer, and has also appeared on the shows Painkiller Jane, The L Word, Burn Notice and Mortal Kombat: Conquest.
But the 5 foot 11 New Yorker is best known for her role in the 2003 movie Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, where she played a new model of the Terminator, called Terminatrix or T-X. The actress was only 3 inches shorter than her co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Stacy Keibler – 5’11”
American actress, model and a former professional wrestler Stacy Keibler is known as “The Legs of WCW” and “The Legs of WWE.” Her unusually long legs make her stand out even on red carpet events. Being 5 foot 11, she is the same height as her former boyfriend, George Clooney, but she used to tower over him in her high heels.
Keibler once told for Playboy magazine, “I do like tall guys. I’m 5’11”, so I want to be able to wear the shoes and the heels I like.”
Behati Prinsloo – 5′ 11″
Behati Prinsloo was born in South Africa, but raised in Grootfontein, Namibia.
The daughter of Afrikaner paernts, she grew up speaking Afrikaans and English, and is bilingual.
She was discovered while on vacation in Cape Town with her grandparents, in a classic model Cinderella story:
“We went to the grocery store after church and this guy came up to me and asked if I was a model and wrote his number on a piece of paper,” she said – and today is one of the world’s top models.
Adrianne Palicki – 5’11”
Adrianne Palicki is widely known for her role as Tyra Collette on NBC’s popular drama Friday Night Lights, between 2006 to 2009. At 5 foot 11, Palicki was the tallest woman on the set.
The actress also played the role of Barbara “Bobbi” Morse on the ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and appeared in supporting roles in the films Legion, Red Dawn, * G.I. Joe: Retaliation* and John Wick. At the moment, we can catch up with her in the Fox TV show The Orville, playing Commander Kelly Grayson.
Aisha Tyler – 6’0″
You may recognize Aisha Tyler from TV shows such as Ghost Whisperer, Criminal Minds or CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In the past, she co-hosted The Talk, alongside Sara Gilbert, and is currently hosting the hit show Whose Line Is It Anyway?
This talented comedian is an impressive 6 feet tall. In her book, Tyler has written about her experience growing up as a tall child. “For one thing, I was extraordinarily tall. In third grade I was almost twice as tall as some of the other kids,” Tyler wrote.
Brooke Shields – 6’0″
Before she was known as Susan, in the NBC hit comedy sitcom Suddenly Susan, Brooke Shields had a career as a child actor (appearing in films such as The Blue Lagoon and Pretty Baby) and was an internationally successful model. She landed her first modelling job when she was only 11 months old, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that she grew to be 6 feet tall.
Shields’ love of fashion goes beyond the runway. In recent years she’s launched a clothing and accessory line for QVC. When asked what was her biggest passion, she answered: “shoes! And the higher the better, even though I’m six feet tall. I don’t care how tall I am, or the concussion I probably will get when I walk through the door”.
Ireland Basinger-Baldwin – 6′
Ireland Eliesse Basinger-Baldwin is a fashion model and actress, probably best known for being the daughter of Alec Baldwin, the famous actor, and Kim Basinger, the even more famous actress and model.
As a model, Ireland has participated in several successful advertising campaigns, including campaigns for Trye Religion Jeans and Guess, but in recent years, she’s mostly been focusing on acting.
She played a younger version of her mother’s character, Sally, in the film Grudge Match, and is slated to appear in the upcoming psychological thriller, The Great Illusion.
Elle Macpherson – 6’0″
Australian model, television host and actress Elle Macpherson, is an impressive 6 feet. Her extraordinary height and statuesque figure won her the name “The Body.” Time magazine had coined the unusual nickname in 1989, after Macpherson was featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for a record of five times.
Macpherson played supporting roles in the movies The Mirror Has Two Faces and Batman and Robin, and lead roles in The Edge and South Kensington.
Allison Janney – 6’0″
Allison Janney starred in iconic films such as American Beauty, 10 Things I Hate About You and The Girl on the Train, in addition to appearing in the television shows Mom and Masters of Sex. But this 6-foot actress is best known for her role as C.J. Cregg on the TV drama The West Wing.
In an interview with NPR, Janney talks about being 6 feet tall, saying: “I was always sort of a late bloomer in a lot of things. I always felt that way. I felt like my career started late and I think it was because of my height — and maybe some of my confidence issues.”
Geena Davis – 6’0″
Geena Davis is celebrated on the big screen, starring in movie classics such as The Fly, Beetlejuice, The Accidental Tourist, and Thelma & Louise. Recently, she took on the role of Dr. Nicole Herman on the Grey’s Anatomy series.
In the past, the 6 foot actor had problems admitting how tall she really was. In an interview, she noted: “A couple of years ago, I said to hell with it… my career is working. I’ll admit I’m six feet tall. Now I’ve noticed the press saying I’m 6 foot 2. I’m growing. In a few years I’ll be 6’4″”.
Famke Janssen – 6’0″
Famke Janssen appeared in popular shows such as Nip/Tuck and How to Get Away With Murder, but is best known for playing Jean Grey in the X-Men franchise. The acclaimed actress clocks in at 5 feet tall, making her one of the tallest in Hollywood. And, her extraordinary height comes with big shoes to fill.
Janssen, reportedly, had to get custom shoes made for a few of her roles. All of this made it easier for her to relate to her X-Men character, The Phoenix. “I feel like a mutant all the time. I mean, I’m a Dutch person in America, and I’m 5 foot 11!”, she joked in an interview.
Jane Lynch – 6’0″
Jane Lynch appeared in many popular TV shows, amongst them are The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Married… with Children, Two and a Half Men and Party Down. But she is perhaps most recognized for her role as Coach Sue Sylvester on the hit comedy series Glee.
The actress is 6 feet tall but says she never had any problems with her height. “My mother was very good about our height. She’s 5’8″, and that was tall when she was growing up. She taught us to carry ourselves. I didn’t suffer too much over it”, said Lynch.
Macy Gray – 6′
Macy Gray, born Natalie Renee McIntyre, is one of our generation’s greatest R&B and Soul singer songwriters.
She received five Grammy Award nominations over the years, and won one, and is probably best known for her hit single “I Try,” from her multi platinum debt album On How Life Is.
Standing at a round 6 feet, Gray is as tall as she is talented!
Saffron Burrows – 6′
Most of us know Saffron Dominique Burrows as Lorraine Weller on Boston Legal and as Detective Serena Stevens on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, but the British-American actress has had a long, prolific career in both TV and cinema.
First discovered by fashion photographer Beth Boldt as a teen, Burrows has been acting since 1991.
Some of her latest work has been in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as agent Victoria Hand, as well as in Mozart in the Jungle, where she played Cynthia as a series regular.
Brenda Strong – 6′
Brenda Lee Strong has had a long career in television, having made appearances in classics like Twin Peaks, Party of Five, Seinfeld, and Sports Night, and was a regular on the sitcoms Scorch and The Help.
She is perhaps best known, though, for her role as Mary Alice Young in the ABC television series Desperate Housewives, for which she was nominated for two Emmy Awards.
Starting in 2016, she took on the recurring role of Lillian Luthor on the CW’s Supergirl, and also appeared on the second season of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why as Nora Walker, Bryce’s mother – a role which she is set to reprise as a series regular in the show’s third season.
Venus Williams – 6’1″
Tall genes obviously run in Williams family. The Williams sisters are considered to be outstanding tennis players and are both extremely tall: Serena is 5 foot 9, while her older sister is a whopping 6 foot 1.
Owning her height with pride, Venus once said in an interview: “I had such a lackadaisical attitude toward being tall. I never really used to care; it just always helped me with my game. Sometimes women who are taller aren’t comfortable with it, but I love being tall”.
Brigitte Nielsen – 6’1″
One of Hollywood’s most celebrated action stars, Brigitte Nielsen is known for her roles in Red Sonja, Cobra, and Beverly Hills Cop 2. The Danish actress is 6 foot 1, making her 3 inches taller than her former husband, Sylvester Stallone.
In a behind the scenes clip for Beverly Hills Cop 2, Nielsen refers to her height, comparing it to that of co-star Eddie Murphy. “Eddie says that he’s 5’10” and he says that I’m 6’2″. I think that the real thing is that I’m 6 feet tall and Eddie’s maybe 5’9″ and a half”, she says.
Kristen Johnston – 6’1″
We were introduced to Kristen Johnston when she played the quirky alien lieutenant Sally Solomon on the NBC series 3rd Rock from the Sun. Since then, she continued rocking the big and small screens, and is currently starring the sixth season of the television sitcom Mom.
Johnston is considered one of the tallest actresses in Hollywood, but she wasn’t always comfortable in her own skin. “I was 5 foot 11½ at age 13”, she said in an interview. “I was enormous, a monstrosity, a freak. I’ve always been an outsider. People on the street don’t talk to me like I’m Pamela Anderson. They talk to me like I’m kinda scary”.
Karlie Kloss – 6’1″
Victoria’s Secret Angel Karlie Kloss has been ruling the runways for years now, but was actually trained to be a ballerina. “Ballet training not only teaches you posture, but also movement and body awareness”, she once told InStyle magazine.
At 6 foot 1 inches, Kloss avoids wearing heels on a daily basis. “I think I would look like a crazy woman walking around N.Y.C. in heels since I’m 6’1″ and 6’4″ in heels. Plus, I take the subway, so I’d stand out even more”, the stunner added in an interview to People magazine.
Michelle Wie – 6′ 1″
Michelle Sung Wie isn’t just extremely tall – she’s also extremely talented.
In 1999, when she was just ten years old, she became the youngest player ever to quality for a United States Golf Association (USGA) championship – and was also the youngest winner of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship.
When she was 16 years old, she became a professional golffer, and won her first major championship at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open.
Maria Sharapova – 6’2″
Most athletes are tall – we’ve mastered that already! But a 6 foot 2 female tennis player is considered out of the norm, even amongst athletes. Olympic medalist Maria Sharapova is one of the tallest tennis players in the world, and absolutely owns it.
“I think it’s so cool to be tall”, said Sharapova. “Even when I’m not wearing heels, people tell me I’m tall and I always take it as a compliment. The good thing is I can always see everybody in the room”.
Elizabeth Debicki – 6′ 2¾”
Elizabeth Debicki’s life has had a romantic air about it from the very start.
Born in Paris to a Polish father and an Australian mother, both professional ballet dancers, Debicki grew up in Australia, where she excelled in English and theater studies.
After legendary director Baz Luhrmann saw her audition reel, he decided to fly her over to Los Angeles for auditions, and a few months later it was announced that she had been cast in his 2013 film version of The Great Gatsby as Jordan Baker.
More recently, Debicki was cast in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as Ayesha, and will return to the popular film franchise in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Gwendoline Christie – 6’3″
If you’re a fan of HBO’s acclaimed series Game of Thrones, you are familiar with the powerful warrior Brienne of Tarth, played by Gwendoline Christie. The English actress and model launched her career as a stage actor, but the role of Brienne quickly rocketed her to stardom.
Unlike her character, Christie doesn’t have a problem with being 6 foot 3. “My parents treated my height as a wonderful thing to be celebrated, but also normal”, she said in an interview. “I love being tall, as you literally look at life from a different perspective: it’s easier to breeze through life’s turmoils”.
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Gabrielle Reece – 6′ 3″
There are a lot of tall people on this list, but Gabrielle Reece is probably one of the tallest.
She towers above the rest of us at 6’3″, and so it’s no wonder that she chose a career in sports, becoming a professional volleyball player after graduating from Florida State University.
In the mid ’90s, Reece dominated the professional women’s volleyball field, and garnered many prizes both in the States and overseas.
Judy Gold – 6′ 3″
July Gold is one of America’s standup comedy’s giants – in more ways than one. In addition to her two Daytime Emmy Awards for her work on The Rosie O’Donnell Show, as well as her prolific work on stages throughout the country, she towers above her fellow comedians physically as well, with an impressive height of 6’3″.
In addition to her work behind the scenes, Gold has also appeared in numerous successful TV comedies, including Louie and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Lisa Leslie – 6′ 5″
Being a staggering six feet and five inches tall, it’s little wonder that Lisa Leslie chose a career in basketball.
A three-time WNBA MVP and a four-time Olympic gold medal winner, Leslie is one of the most impressive basketball players in American history, and was the first player to dunk in a WNBA game. She was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015, and was also featured in Vogue and Newsweek as a model.