The world of celebrity is a tricky one, to say the least. People jostling for a power position in Hollywood are always looking to find a leg-up on their competition, although at their core, these people will always be looked at through specific lenses by the public. Pictures and videos reach the eyes of adoring fans around the world in an instant, and admirers are always looking to see the latest and greatest with their favorite stars. Whether they are involved in music, film, or television, these famous individuals are under the watchful eye of the public, and despite their attempts to be larger-than-life personalities, these people will be viewed and judged by their physical appearance.
Having said this, there are certain physical traits that can’t be changed, and these traits are often highlighted by media outlets. A nose can be changed, as can your jawline. But a person’s height is a trait that they cannot change. Despite living in an overly judgmental society, there are women in Hollywood whose height has done little to impact their career in a negative way. These gorgeous gals come up short when measured by a doctor, but their careers have reached the highest heights imaginable.
For our list today, we are bringing you 15 gorgeous Hollywood women who are shorter than you may think. Despite being vertically challenged, these are some of the hottest women in Hollywood that people can’t get enough of. We can’t all be tall, but these women prove that your physical traits don’t define who you are on the inside.
15 Kim Kardashian
At just 37 years of age, it is possible that Kim Kardashian is in fact the most famous individual on the planet. Regardless of the way she achieved her fame, there is no denying that Kim Kardashian has helped turn her name and her family into a bona fide empire, thanks largely to their reality television show and their endorsement deals. Hardly a day goes by where a Kardashian or a Jenner doesn't make headlines, and for those of you that are sick and tired of seeing them on your television sets and on websites, there is no end in sight. Kardashian has engaged in a number of high-profile romances, and she is considered by many to be one of the biggest s*x symbols in Hollywood.
Though she may be rich and famous beyond her wildest dreams, few people might know that Kim Kardashian clocks in under 5'4" inches tall. The shockingly short Kardashian may be lacking in height, but her stacks of cash and absurd social media presence more than make up for that.
14 Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is a pint-sized pop star who has cemented herself as one of the biggest and most talented acts in the world of music today. Blessed with an incredible singing voice and a determination that knows no bounds, Lady Gaga has continued to release one hit single after the next, and her performance at the Super Bowl halftime show helped rope in an entirely new audience. So far in her career, Lady Gaga has released five studio albums, and it is estimated that she has sold 27 million albums worldwide. Outside of her musical talents, Lady Gaga has also proven to be a very talented actress, taking home a Golden Globe Award in 2016.
This beautiful singer hovers slightly over the 5-foot mark, and her larger-than-life personality and sense of style make her seem a lot bigger than she actually is. In a world where fashion models clock in at nearly 6 feet tall, it's refreshing to see that smaller and talented women are able to make a name for themselves in Hollywood.
13 Nicole Richie
Originally bursting onto the scene as one of the most irritating and obnoxious celebrities in Hollywood, Nicole Richie has toned down considerably over the years. Her rise to fame was directly linked to her best friend, notorious party girl Paris Hilton, and the duo used to rule the sphere of pop culture much like Kim Kardashian does today. Over the years, Nicole Richie has worked diligently to make herself a legitimate actress in Hollywood, and she has appeared in a number of hit television shows since her debut in 2003. Her current work on the series Great News has been solid, and her work to shed her party girl image has truly paid off.
Paris Hilton was considerably taller than Nicole Richie who is estimated to be around 5'1". Even though the two friends couldn't have differed any greatly from each other, they seemed to have a genuine connection, and their rise to prominence in the early 2000's is something that won't be forgotten soon.
12 Ariana Grande
Former Disney Channel stars seem to have a rough go of things when it comes to transitioning to an adult career in Hollywood, but this beautiful young lady has truly broken the mold. Since appearing on the hit series Victorious from 2010 to 2013, Ariana Grande has become one of the most popular music performers on the planet, despite her acting career being on the back burner. Unlike a number of other young popular stars, the 24-year-old pop star constantly finds herself at the forefront of attention on social media, thanks to both her talents and her high-profile relationships. So far in her career, Ariana Grande has released three studio albums and has sold out a number of music venues around the world.
At just 5'1", Ariana Grande is similar Lady Gaga in terms of talent and height. She may look a lot taller than she actually is on television, but Ariana Grande is one of the shortest and most popular women in music today.
11 Natalie Portman
What else can we say about Natalie Portman that hasn't been said already? She is one of the most beautiful women to grace the big screen, and she also happens to be one of the most talented actresses working in Hollywood today. Getting her start in Hollywood when she was still just a kid, Natalie Portman truly became a household name when she starred as the character Padme Amidala in the movie Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace. The film kick-started a new era of Star Wars films, and they helped launch what has since become a very successful career for Natalie Portman. Outside of her work in the Star Wars franchise, Portman has also appeared in a number of critically acclaimed films, and she has even taken home an Academy Award.
This 5'3" beauty is gorgeous and talented with a brilliant mind. Portman is an alumnus of Harvard University, long considered one of the best colleges in the world today.
10 Anna Kendrick
Massive amounts of fame can seemingly come out of nowhere, and Anna Kendrick slowly chipped away at her career before becoming an overnight sensation in 2012 when she appeared in the film Pitch Perfect. She had already done work in the Twilight franchise, but she was always relegated to playing second fiddle to the lead stars of the film. Once she finally broke out with her performance in Pitch Perfect, there was no stopping Kendrick from completely taking over Hollywood. Her body of work is as impressive as any other person in the industry, and her recent turn as a voice actress has proven to be just as successful as her time in front of the camera.
Kendrick stands at 5'2". At just 32 years old, Kendrick is showing no signs of slowing down. By the end of 2017, Anna Kendrick is set to reprise her role as Beca Mitchell in the third installment of the Pitch Perfect franchise which is poised to make some serious noise at the box office.
9 Salma Hayek
In an industry that sees newer and younger stars making names for themselves, few women have been able to maintain such a wildly successful career over the years as Salma Hayek. Legitimately one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood today, Salma Hayek has done an incredible job with furthering the advancement of Latina actresses in North America. On top of her good looks, Hayek is also an immensely talented performer who has been nominated for an Academy Award and a Screen Actors Guild award. Currently acting in her third different decade, time has done little to slow down Salma Hayek.
This beautiful Mexican actress stands at just 5'2", making her one of the shorter performers on our list. Earlier in 2017, she appeared in the hit film The Hitman's Bodyguard, and despite a cast that features some truly hilarious performers, Salma Hayek completely stole every scene that she was in.
8 Mila Kunis
Few performers are able to find success in both film and television, and the ones that are talented and beautiful enough to pull out this feat etch a very unique legacy for themselves in the entertainment industry. Mila Kunis was just a teenager when she got her big break in this hit series That ‘70s Show. Shortly thereafter, she was cast as the character Meg Griffin in the animated series Family Guy, proving to everyone that she was more than just a pretty face on television. Once That ‘70s Show reached its conclusion, she set about making a name for herself on the big screen, and her talents led her to cranking out a number of hit films. Her career has slowed down recently, thanks to motherhood, but she still remains one of the most beautiful and talked-about actresses in the world. Noticeably shorter than her co-stars on That ‘70s Show, Mila Kunis stands at just 5'3".
7 Kristen Bell
Unlike her Bad Moms Christmas co-star Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell is another beautiful and talented performer who has found success in both film and on television. Kristen Bell initially rose to fame in 2004 after being cast as the lead character on the series Veronica Mars which lasted for 64 episodes. She would also find herself narrating 120 episodes of the hit series Gossip Girl from 2007 to 2012. Her time on the big screen has also yielded an immense amount of success, including lending her voice to the smash-hit animated films Frozen and Zootopia. Bell also possesses an incredible singing voice which she has truly let shine during her time with Disney.
When standing side by side, Mila Kunis slightly edges out Kristen Bell in terms of height. Mila may be two inches taller, but make no mistake about it; both women have proven to be gigantic stars in Hollywood.
6 Christina Aguilera
The late '90s and early 2000s saw a huge resurgence in pop music on the radio, and Christina Aguilera quickly became one of the most popular performers in the world during that time. Even though her predominant rival certainly trumped her in terms of music sales and popularity, Aguilera was a gigantic star in her own right, and no one would argue that she was the more talented of the two. Christina Aguilera has released seven Studio albums over the course of her career, and it is estimated that she has sold over 50 million albums around the world, making her one of the most successful recording artists of all time. Though she hasn't released a studio album in several years, she still remains as popular as ever.
It's hard to believe that such a booming and powerful voice would come out of a person who is just 5'2", but such is the case with Christina Aguilera. Her voice was nearly unrivaled by her contemporaries, and her legacy is as impressive as any others in recent memory.
5 Eva Longoria
She might not be nearly as popular now as she was during her prime, but you would be foolish to argue that Eva Longoria isn't one of the hottest women in the entertainment industry today. She chooses to focus the bulk of her time on her modeling deals with L'Oreal along with other companies as opposed to acting, and we really can't complain about that. Longoria got a huge break for her career in 2001 when she landed a role on the series The Young and the Restless, appearing in 148 episodes. A year after her time on the show concluded, she landed the role of Gabrielle Solis on the hit series Desperate Housewives in a move that would make her a legitimate superstar in Hollywood. Longoria does continue to act to this day, though nothing she has done has come close to replicating the success of Desperate Housewives.
The 5'2" Longoria has been involved in a number of high-profile relationships, including a marriage to basketball star Tony Parker from 2007 to 2011.
4 Hayden Panettiere
It would be impossible to write a list of beautiful actresses who are vertically challenged without including the gorgeous and talented Hayden Panettiere. Unlike most of the other women that you will find on this list, Hayden Panettiere’s height has long been the center of discussion, particularly when she married boxing legend Wladimir Klitschko in 2009. Klitschko competed in the Heavyweight Division and stands at a towering 6'6" whereas Panettiere barely clocks in at 5 feet. Though they may look like an odd couple at first glance, their relationship is slowly creeping up on a decade, which is more than most people in Hollywood can say.
Panettiere got her start as a child star, and her career has seen her appear in a number of hit projects on television and in film. From lending her voice to the film A Bug's Life to starring on the series Heroes, Panettiere has had one heck of a career.
3 Hilary Duff
Yet another Disney Channel star who lived a life free of controversy in the public eye, Hilary Duff is, hands down, one of the hottest blondes in Hollywood today. Though her acting career has cooled off considerably since her rise to fame, this has done little to change the fact that the public continues to be obsessed with Hilary Duff. Duff rose to fame on the Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire, and she would then transition to the world of film, appearing in several successful movies. Duff was also a music star during the early 2000's, and though she never took home any prestigious hardware, she still managed to sell millions of albums around the world.
Aside from having one of the most talked-about backsides in Hollywood, Duff also possesses a smile unlike any other woman in show business. She may be shorter than 5'3", but her beauty and talent have elevated her to a level of fame reserved for very few people.
2 Jennifer Love Hewitt
It seems that no matter the medium or the decade, Jennifer Love Hewitt will remain a constant presence in Hollywood. The 38-year-old actress has been in the public eye for four separate decades, and it seems as though people just cannot get enough of her. As talented as she is beautiful and popular, Jennifer Love Hewitt has forged a career that has seen her achieve quite a bit. She became a breakout star in the 1990's after landing the role of Sarah on the series Party of Five. The show was one of the most popular of the decade, and Jennifer Love Hewitt would appear in 99 episodes of the series. She has also appeared in other hit shows including Boy Meets World and Saturday Night Live.
Very few people are able to sustain a career that spans as long as Jennifer Love Hewitt's has, and this is no fluke. The 5'2" performer has also released four studio albums and has found a decent amount of success in the music industry.
1 Scarlett Johansson
Capping off our list is an actress who has become one of the premiere female action stars in Hollywood. Scarlett Johansson has been in the public eye since she was a kid, and her career is arguably as popular as it has ever been. Johansson’s career truly took off when she was cast as the character Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and her character has become a fan favorite. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she has appeared in their biggest films, including The Avengers and Captain America: Civil War. Johansson has also starred in other films, including Lucy, Lost in Translation, and The Jungle Book.
Considered one of the hottest women in Hollywood and a legitimate s*x symbol, the 5'3" Scarlett Johansson isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Avengers: Infinity War is set to be released in 2018, and you had better believe that Scarlett Johansson's beautiful face will be everywhere.