A 5-foot tall aspiring model: ‘It’s what I love’

By HANNAH WALLACH

When I met sophomore Sallie Haas of Ocean Township last year, I was instantly struck by how beautiful she is. Her hair is long and red, her lips are full and almost always turned upward in a smile and she’s incessantly kind to those around her.

It’s no wonder she wants to become a model, but there’s one slight hitch: Sallie is only 5 feet 1 inches tall. Professional models? They’re typically between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet tall.

PHOTO COURTESY OF SALLIE HAAS Sallie said she can recognize designers by their clothes, and she’s kept every fashion magazine since she was little– from Elle to InStyle to Vogue.

PHOTO COURTESY OF SALLIE HAAS
Sallie said she can recognize designers by their clothes, and she’s kept every fashion magazine since she was little– from Elle to InStyle to Vogue.

Yet Sallie said, “Tyra Banks always says curvy models can make it, quirky models can make it and interesting looking girls with a flaw– those are the ones that make it. So I was like, well, if I’m 5-foot, I can make it, too.”

Sallie is currently working with Interface Talent Marketing Center and is modeling for Rare Cargo Boutique. She said modeling is one of the most competitive industries to become successful in, and she is therefore realistic.

“I can’t imagine my life without fashion, but I have to, for my own health and safety, picture it without modeling.”

Sallie plans to go to college for fashion merchandising and marketing; she hopes to open her own business with her mom when she is out of college.

She said she is most likely to model for print ads or teen lines given her height, but she still dreams of being a runway model.

The behind the scenes of modeling can be brutal, Sallie acknowledged, but she is up for the taxing task.

“I’m willing to get ripped apart if it means that I’m able to do what I love, but it would kill me if I get ripped apart and don’t even get the shot to do it.”

As a 4-foot-11-inch aspiring writer, I understand how it feels to be overlooked because of one’s height. But I’m personally acquainted with Sallie’s drive and passion, and I know she’ll walk to the ends of the earth (or the ends of the runway) to accomplish her dreams.

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