The glitz and glamour of being on screen and red carpets can make celebrities seem like they’re larger than life. In their gorgeous gowns and sky high stilettos, many female celebrities could be mistaken for models. Additionally, it can be hard to tell what someone’s true height is when you only see them on screen.
However, many female celebrities in particular are far smaller than they seem. The ladies on this list demonstrate that good things do come in small packages.
20 Rachel Bilson - 5’1
Television sweetheart Rachel Bilson was beloved as Summer Roberts on The O.C. and, more recently, as city to country transplant Dr. Zoe Hart on Hart of Dixie.
19 Jessica Simpson - 5’3
All-american sweetheart Jessica Simpson has had a successful pop career for years, offering a more wholesome alternative to the risqué pop princesses that were her contemporaries. She garnered even more attention when starring on Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, where her dumb blonde persona attracted some criticism, but also elevated her to A-List star status. Bitten with the television bug, Simpson used her star status to create the VH1 documentary series The Price of Beauty, and was a mentor on the reality show Fashion Star alongside Nicole Richie and Elle Macpherson. While Simpson has had a lot of public criticism about her fluctuating weight, you only need to see her as character Daisy Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard to know why she definitely deserves a spot on this list.
18 Anna Kendrick - 5’0
This pint sized actress has a huge set of pipes – she’s made a name for herself courtesy of her incredible voice both on broadway and in the hit movie Pitch Perfect. She also starred alongside George Clooney in Up in the Air and by the side of Jake Johnson in Drinking Buddies.
17 Vanessa Hudgens - 5’2
This teeny Spring Breaker came into the spotlight in the High School Musical series, playing Gabriella Montez. Being perceived merely as a Disney star wasn’t enough for Hudgens, and she’s since been branching out into more serious roles, such as troubled teen Agnes “Apple” Bailey in Gimme Shelter.
16 Hilary Duff - 5’1
15 Kim Kardashian - 5’2
14 Sarah Hyland – 5’2
13 Natalie Portman – 5’3
Smart girl in real life and scientist Jane Foster in the Thor movies, Portman packs a lot of acting skill into her tiny frame. Queen Amidala in the Star Wars series, ballet dancer on the edge in Black Swan, and the quirky Sam in cult classic Garden State, Portman’s career has been thriving since she was young and shows no signs of stopping.
12 Isla Fisher – 5’2
11 Salma Hayek – 5’2
10 Lucy Liu - 5’3
9 Christina Aguilera – 5’1
It’s utterly baffling that such a huge voice can come out of such a tiny person, but it’s the truth. It’s hard to tell how tiny Aguilera is when she’s sitting down on The Voice in her former position as coach, or rocking the stage solo, but as soon as she’s standing next to someone it’s obvious (particularly if it’s giant 6’5 coach and country star Blake Shelton). This pint size Princess of Pop has topped the charts for years and has one of the biggest voices in the business.
8 Kristen Bell – 5’1
7 Kristin Chenoweth - 4’10
This dynamo is truly teeny tiny, clocking in well under five feet in height. However, it seems at least 4 feet of her 4’10 height must be vocal chords: this classically trained vocal superstar has a set of pipes that seem meant for a woman triple her size. Chenoweth has starred on Broadway as Glinda the Good Witch in the hit musical Wicked, where her singing truly shone. However, she’s also graced the small screen on Pushing Daisies, Glee, and GCB.
6 Scarlett Johansson – 5’3
5 Hayden Panettiere - 5’0
4 Shakira - 5’2
3 Mila Kunis - 5’4
2 Cheryl Cole - 5’3
One of Britain’s biggest superstars, Cheryl Cole gained fame as part of hit girl group Girls Aloud. The group had countless hit singles in the UK and millions of albums sold. Cole stepped out as the star of the group when she got a gig as judge on The X Factor. While she might not be as well known outside of the UK, she’s one of Britain’s biggest bombshells.
1 Eva Longoria - 5’2
Longoria catapulted into the limelight when she was cast as the sexy former model Gabrielle Solis on Desperate Housewives, which went on for eight seasons and for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. Not content to rest on her laurels, Longoria received her Master’s degree in Chicano Studies from California State University in 2013. She also has a foot in the culinary world as a shareholder in the restaurant Beso and author of cookbook Eva’s Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends. Longoria is also known for her philanthropic work. Smart, savvy, and sexy.