Small is beautiful: Models under 1.3m wow Paris

Models present creations during the "Dwarf Fashion Show" in Paris.
Models present creations during the "Dwarf Fashion Show" in Paris. AFP
A model has her dress adjusted backstage before the National Dwarf Fashion Show held at the French ministry of Culture in Paris, France on Oct 02, 2015.
A model has her dress adjusted backstage before the National Dwarf Fashion Show held at the French ministry of Culture in Paris, France on Oct 02, 2015. PHOTO:EPA
A model has her makeup done backstage before the National Dwarf Fashion Show held at the French ministry of Culture in Paris, France on Oct 02, 2015.
A model has her makeup done backstage before the National Dwarf Fashion Show held at the French ministry of Culture in Paris, France on Oct 02, 2015. PHOTO:EPA
A model presents a creation during the National Dwarf Fashion Show held at the French ministry of Culture in Paris, France on Oct 02, 2015.
A model presents a creation during the National Dwarf Fashion Show held at the French ministry of Culture in Paris, France on Oct 02, 2015. PHOTO:EPA
Models get ready prior to the National Dwarf Fashion Show on Oct 2, 2015 during the in Paris.
Models get ready prior to the National Dwarf Fashion Show on Oct 2, 2015 during the in Paris. PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Bucking the fashion show stereotype of tall, willowy models, Paris Fashion Week was treated on Friday to a parade of women of restricted growth sashaying along the runway to great public applause.

The only criteria for becoming one of the atypical models showing off the New York Creative Business House's tailor-made collection, was that you had to be under 1.3m tall.

The innovative show was created by the French "Donnons-leur une chance" (Give them a chance) association.


A model has her dress adjusted backstage before the National Dwarf Fashion Show held at the French ministry of Culture in Paris, France on Oct 02, 2015. PHOTO:EPA

The Dwarf Fashion Show, as it's been dubbed, was in its third edition after debuting at last year's Paris Fashion week and a show last winter in New York.

Asian fashionistas will be able to enjoy the show next year when it is due to hit the Tokyo catwalks.

"It's to change people's ideas of us, and because I like fashion I wanted to be on the catwalk," French model Emma told AFP.

"And it could give designers ideas of how to make clothes for us," she added.