Getting to Know Model Taylor Tookes

Diane W Kelly
5 Min Read
Photo credit: Angie Vero // Styling & dress done by a New York based petite brand, Madisen Belle NYC

Taylor Tookes is a groundbreaking model that is showing the fashion world that height is just a number. She is the first short model to be on the cover of Instyle Magazine as well as the first petite black model to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week. Very passionate about diversity in the fashion industry, Taylor has started an Instagram campaign called Heigh Revolution which is advocating for petite models. I recently caught up with Taylor before she headed to Miami Swim Week to learn more about her career.

What drew you into social media?

I’ve been on social media since I was a kid. I was 9 years old when I first discovered social media (which I do not recommend at that age), but I guess the idea of finding a community online that shares the same interests as me was always a fun idea to me. When you’re on there at such a young age, you also learn a lot MUCH earlier than you’re supposed to. I honestly think being on social media at such a young age has played a role in me becoming the person I am today. 

Where do you get the inspiration for your content?

I totally rebranded my page into a page by a model who advocates for short women in the fashion industry. All of my inspiration comes from my own experiences as a model who is discriminated against for something she could not help at birth (height). There is a petite community that is rising up on Instagram as well. More girls are getting fed up and are speaking out about their experiences as short women in fashion. They are my inspiration as well. I want to fight for them and help them amplify their voices because they deserve to be heard. 

What do you love about modeling?

I love how modeling can be used to express yourself. Some like to express themselves through fashion choices, others like to express themselves through their photos or runway walks. I think it’s an opportunity to express yourself and embrace your uniqueness. I just wish the modeling industry would be more accepting of everyone’s uniqueness, regardless of silly little things like weight and height. 

What is your advice for keeping a healthy work/life balance?

I think listening to yourself is everything. Don’t overwork yourself and focus on work all the time, especially when you are nearing burnout. Take some time to enjoy life and treat yourself occasionally. Be gentle on your mind and body when needed. 

Photo credit: Angie Vero // Styling & dress done by a New York based petite brand, Madisen Belle NYC

Tell us something people would be surprised to learn about you.

People are usually shocked that I can speak more than 3 languages.

What are your goals for 2024?

I dream big. I am making my official runway debut in London, but I also want to make my official runway debut in New York and Milan. I want to build community with those who share the same mindset as me and work with non-performative brands who consistently showcase and fight for diversity and inclusion in the fashion world. 

Any upcoming projects you can share?

A few magazine covers which I am very grateful for. I have more coming, but I can’t say anything quite yet!

Where can we follow you on social media?

You can keep up with me on Instagram. It’s @taytookes.

Photo credit: Angie Vero // Styling & dress done by a New York based petite brand, Madisen Belle NYC

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