The stereotypical “model” stands at about 5’9″ at around 145-150lbs. A study done in 2002 showed that among top editorial fashion agencies in Los Angeles and New York, 81% of their “editorial fashion” models were 5’9” and above; 15% were between 5’8” and 5’9”, and only 4% were below 5’8” tall. With these statistics in mind, some women are often discouraged from pursuing modeling as a profession due to their not meeting that height ‘requirement.’
Then you have the rare case of a girl so damn driven to pursue a modeling career that even if you threw a book of statistics at her, it would never deter her ambition to pursue this career track, and Victoria Barajas is an excellent example of such a lady. Proudly standing less than five feet tall, I met her on set at the Candy Factory in Fremont during a photography meet-up. Victoria’s attitude and professionalism were top-notch, and I was genuinely excited to work with her. Vincent Gotti, as always, had assembled a great group of stylists; Roy from Hair by Roy got Victoria’s hair “did,” Prince Kaleo dressed and styled her, and Carla Tersini did an amazing job with her makeup.
Victoria is a very talented model, and I would not be surprised to see her in print soon.