“Standing tall” among a sea of stunning models can be pretty tricky nowadays. Modeling has become highly competitive, and there are stereotypes that many people in the industry naturally gravitate to. One of the most significant factors in getting selected has to do with a model’s height, leaving very little room for those who aren’t gifted in that aspect. But petite model Breona Wilson looks to challenge that notion and help more women below the standard height requirement to shine in today’s modeling world.
Breona is only 5 feet and 4.5 inches tall, well below what most modeling agencies, runway coordinators, and publications require. But she has continually grown in her craft and persevered through the challenge, proving that height doesn’t have to be a limiting factor for aspiring and existing models.
Much of Breona’s tenacity and drive comes from her background. She has been called many things, but “camera shy” was never one of them. When she was five years old, she was already dressing up in her mother’s clothes and putting on makeup, posing for the camera whenever she could. Wilson’s personality and charisma are contagious, filling the room with energy and color as she enters it. That character trait would become a stepping stone for her into the modeling world.
Breona Wilson didn’t always aspire to be a professional model. Instead, she wanted to become a United States Marine at a young age and serve her country. But when she turned seventeen, a modeling agency picked her up and discovered her natural approach in front of the camera. After that chance encounter, Breona has been heavily involved in modeling work ever since.
Since her early beginnings in modeling, Breona has become one of the top petite models in the area, joining several runway events, gracing photoshoots, and appearing on many publications. Today, she hopes to stretch her limits a little more as she has recently announced that she will be going independent and launching a solo campaign. “Now, I’m motivated more than ever to make it big,” shares Wilson. “Not just for me, but for many who were like me but didn’t feel good enough to get into professional modeling.”
What eats the petite professional model up most is that thousands of “Breonas” out there have the talent and tenacity to become a professional model but aren’t gifted with height. She wants to stand as a monument for all petite models that there is a place for them in the modeling industry if they only move past the impostor syndrome and learn to differentiate themselves from among the crowds. “Not everyone has the height, but we can all ‘stand tall’ in our own unique way,” the model adds. “I realized instead of knocking on opportunity’s door; I’d make my own door and let myself in, create the things no one would give me. I can make something of myself by using my height as the thing that’ll make me stand out from the others. I want other petite models to realize that too.”
Breona Wilson aspires to reach more significant heights in her career and inspire a whole new generation of petite models in the process. She has no plans of slowing down and remains highly driven in her quest for building a legacy.