94% of All Fashion Models Are Underweight

There is always a lot of debate about whether fashion models are too thin or not. We therefore decided to take a look at a lot of models to determine the truth: Are most models really to thin or not?

We looked at more than 3,000 models from 20 leading model agencies and the conclusion is clear: 94% of the models have a BMI below 18.5 and are therefore underweight!

Method used

To determine the BMI of all the models, we used information that is available on the websites of most model agencies. We collected the measurements (height, bust, waist, hips) of each model and then we used Body Visualizer to estimate the weight of each model (since no model agency displays the actual weight of their models).

We already got the height of each model from the model agencies, so when we had the weight we could determine the BMI (BMI = weight / (height * height)).

Calculated BMI

Fashion models BMI

BMINumber of models
155
15.527
16133
16.5581
17737
17.5797
18469
18.5209
1947
19.520
204
20.53
211

BMI categories

According to WHO, BMI is categorized like this:

CategoryBMI
Severe underweight<16
Moderate underweight16-17
Mild underweight17-18.5
Normal (healthy weight)18.5-25
Pre-obese (overweight)25-30
Obese class I30-35
Obese class II35-40
Obese class III>40

Using the categories above, we can categorize the BMI of the models like this:
WHO BMI categories

CategoryNumber of models
Severe underweight98
Moderate underweight1016
Mild underweight1739
Normal (healthy weight)180
Pre-obese0
Obese class I0
Obese class II0
Obese class III0

Height measurements

Fashion models height

Height (cm)Height (ft)Number of models
1615'3"1
1625'4"1
1635'4"0
1645'5"0
1655'5"2
1665'5"0
1675'6"2
1685'6"1
1695'7"5
1705'7"52
1715'7"32
1725'8"48
1735'8"138
1745'9"164
1755'9"449
1765'9"256
1775'10"411
1785'10"578
1795'10"300
1805'11"463
1815'11"72
1825'12"41
1836'0"15
1846'0"2

Bust measurements

Fashion models bust measurements

Bust (cm)Bust (in)Number of models
6124.01
6224.40
6324.80
6425.20
6525.61
6626.00
6726.40
6826.80
6927.20
7027.60
7128.01
7228.32
7328.72
7429.117
7529.525
7629.960
7730.343
7830.766
7931.1151
8031.5274
8131.9572
8232.3221
8332.7271
8433.1336
8533.5238
8633.9405
8734.396
8834.695
8935.064
9035.471
9135.811
9236.23
9336.64
9437.02
9537.41

Waist measurements

Fashion models waist measurements

Waist (cm)Waist (in)Number of models
5320.91
5421.31
5521.72
5622.021
5722.432
5822.8238
5923.2205
6023.6650
6124.0796
6224.4381
6324.8225
6425.2265
6525.696
6626.065
6726.419
6826.810
6927.212
7027.64
7128.05
7228.31
7328.70
7429.12
7529.51
7629.90
7730.30
7830.70
7931.10
8031.51

Hips measurements

Fashion models hips measurements

Hips (cm)Waist (in)Number of models
7931.11
8031.51
8131.97
8232.32
8332.76
8433.139
8533.543
8633.9401
8734.3215
8834.6466
8935.0770
9035.4514
9135.8237
9236.2138
9336.671
9437.057
9537.435
9637.814
9738.29
9838.64
9939.00
10039.42
10139.80
10240.20
10340.60
10440.91

Calculated weight

Fashion models weight

Weight (kg)Weight (pounds)Number of models
44971
45991
461014
471045
4810612
4910842
5011069
51112190
52115347
53117499
54119591
55121488
56123360
57126189
58128117
5913062
6013231
6113416
621376
631391
641410
651430
661462

Low BMI fashion model vs. high BMI fashion model
The model with the lowest BMI (15.0) vs. the model with the highest BMI (20.8)

Average fashion model vs. average american woman
Average model BMI (17.3) vs. average American woman (BMI 26.5)

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