How Tall Are Porn Stars?

I’ve mentioned many times how small porn stars are, and last week reader jfro21 questioned whether that’s really true. I gave it some thought and figured that given the variety of different kinds of girls who get into porn, I was probably just generalizing from my own experience. So I went to Wikipedia and started looking up how tall porn stars really are.

So I assembled a list of 313 stars (the vast majority of whom were from the US) and crunched the numbers.

The Results
Average height: 64.8″ (about 5′5″ or 164.6cm)

Porn Star Height Distribution
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For the most part, stars stand between 5′2″ and 5′7″, whereas the average height of a woman in the US is about 5′9″, according to data listed on Wikipedia. So compared to the average American woman, porn stars are short.

Reader jfro21 mentioned that he thought some of the European girls stood at least 5′10″ and he was right. I divided the girls up into regions/countries as best I could and European stars are taller than US stars on average (but not taller than the average American woman).

Average Porn Star Height by Region
(note: the regions with asterisks next to the name had fewer than 4 data points)

So – who are the biggest and smallest porn stars I found?

Tallest: Briana Banks at 5′11″ (180cm)
Shortest: Kaylani Lei at 4′11″ (149.8cm)

Which sort of begs the question: Have Briana and Kaylani ever done a scene together? Sadly, no.

So there you have it: porn stars are small. If you want to check out the data for your favorite star, I’ve posted my spreadsheet here.

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22 Responses to “How Tall Are Porn Stars?”

  1. alison Says:

    Oh, and Happy Halloween!

  2. Shahram Says:

    The reason for European stars being taller than US stars could be the abundance of stars with Asian descent in US, and guess what, Asians are in average shorter than the rest.

    Happy Halloween to you too!

  3. ropeadope Says:

    Excellent research Alison. It would have taken me many weeks to compile this amount of data. Kitty is listed as being 4′11″ at iafd, which would tie her with Kaylani Lei for shortest in the survey. I have found one other performer who is even more diminutive. Bridget Powers checks in at 3′7″ according to her iafd profile.

    I’m surprised by the figure of 5′9″ for the average height of a woman in the US. Sounds too tall to me. But who am I to argue with Wikipedia?

    Happy Halloween to all.

  4. HotScooter2 Says:

    Alison:

    Happy Halloween hon. i also was surprised at average height of american woman at being 5′9″. in the twenty three years i have lived in the south,it seems that the women here are shorter than other americans.But i have a friend that is about 6′1″ and she could have been a fashion model in her younger years . and by the way boo to y’all

  5. Fordor Says:

    The problem with Wikipedia is that it’s wrong most of the time. Except maybe for TV show and comic book information. 5′9″ is more like the average height of US males.

  6. Strangepork Says:

    If iafd is to be trusted, Essy Moore (from England) is 6″0′

  7. oppyman Says:

    The average height of American women was a tad under 5′4″ according to the US Dept. of Health back in 2006. A few recent citings on the web say that the average American woman is now a little over 5′4″. My guess is that the real differences between porn stars and the average female population of the US would involve average weight and average bust size.

  8. Garp Says:

    Alison this was a very cool post with very good info. However, the one stat that is wrong is the average height of women in the US. I think your stat is for men in the US. That said, I was suprised by the size of porn stars and I think your findings are really that porn stars are generally taller. This makes sense when you consider many begin with dreams of becoming models and actresses in hollywood, before discovering their true calling. Again..awesome research!

  9. hejuj Says:

    yeah the average height of a woman is definitely in the 5′4″-5′5″ range. with that in mind, euro girls are long legged tall hotties!

  10. tom brokaw Says:

    I will run naked across the country if the avg height of a woman is 5′9″.

    That’s more like avg male height.

  11. Craqshot Says:

    That is some seriously scientific research there. It’s always hard to tell how big someone is on the camera. Thank you for that analysis.

  12. jfro21 Says:

    Thank you Alison for answering my question so thoroughly! Some good work there.

    Doing a google search I found this info:
    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Who_is_the_tallest_female_porn_star
    I don’t recognize any on this list except I think Jarmila and definitely Angel Long and Angelika…who are tall, beautiful drinks of water.

    Yes, the avg. height of women in the US is definitely not 5-9″…that is the average male.

    It may be though that male porn stars are shorter than average…at least that is the joke that I heard Vince Voyeur make in one of his movies about being a smaller guy with a big dick.

  13. Starship Mechanic Says:

    My wife is close to 5′9″, and she’s taller than most women (she’s actually taller than me too, but I like my ladies to be leggy, so that’s OK).

    However, I suspect that female porn stars are often short because tiny girls make the cocks look relatively bigger. The camera does not really grant an absolute sense of scale, so when a guy is hammering some tiny waif of a girl (like Hillary Scott), it looks like his cock is huge.

  14. HeightPolice Says:

    Very cool stats you compiled.

    However, I think you misread the Wikpedia data:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_height#Average_height_around_the_world
    It lists MALE avg USA height as about 5′9″, FEMALE as about 5′4″

    This jives with what other commenters have posted here…

    Gracias,
    -HeightPolice

  15. anotherpov Says:

    A long while ago when I would get Playboy I noticed that many of the centerfold girls were really short – 5′2″ and below. My assumption was that shorter girls with large boobs look better on film and taller women with large boobs tend not to have the same proportions (in general).

    The taller the girl the smaller her boobs were, again this was in general. There are those freaks of nature. I think you would find a lot more short women who fit the “looks good on film” mold than taller women.

    Unfortunately I have since tossed my large library of data (old magazines).

  16. vaidx41 Says:

    A quality bit of research. Thanks.

  17. Gaucho191 Says:

    Hi – great article, but Kaylani Lei as shortest didn’t sound quite right. In fact, your spreadsheet lists Aubrey Adams as 58 inches – and I would bet Gauge is just barely hitting 59 inches if at all. So Aubrey at 58″ is shorter than Kaylani at 59″ by your data – the sorting on the spreadsheet just shows Kaylani as the shortest Asian.

  18. John X Says:

    If you go to Wikipedia, you will see that the average height for women in the US (age 20+) is 162.2 cm (5′ 3.8″). The average height of MEN is about 176.3 cm (5′ 9.4″) in the US which is probably where that mistake was made.

    I took his data and did some actual calculations. The average height for US female porn stars was 64.71 inches (5′ 4.71″) with a standard deviation of 2.65 inches.

    So female pornstars are NOT shorter than average. They are actually almost 1 inch taller than the average woman age 20+ in the US.

    The author should take a statistics course to make it less likely to come to the wrong conclusion.

    (-:

    John X

  19. A Stats Person Says:

    As someone who has written textbooks about statistics, people often point me towards ‘bizarre’ data sets like these. Essentially the question is ‘do the stars differ significantly from the average within their country of origin’ This question is easy to answer. For each girl, you take their height and subtract from it the average height within their country. This process gives you a deviation score (0 = they are exactly as tall as the national average within their country, + value = taller than average, -value = smaller than average). National averages are available through wiki for 297 of the people in the original data set. So, I computed the deviance scores for each person. The average deviance score is 2.35 (SD = 7.00), which means that porn stars are, on average, TALLER than average. What’s more, a one-sample t-test reveals that this value is significantly differently from zero, t(296) = 5.79, p < .001. In other words, statistically speaking porn stars (based on this sample) are significantly taller than average.

  20. ropeadope Says:

    @ A Stats Person – Are you able to draw any conclusions as to the height of the average female porn viewer? Just for fun, let’s assume: 1) the results of the sample in this post hold true for the entire female porn performer community and 2) none of the female porn performers actually view porn. Would it not follow that the height of the average female porn viewer be somewhat shorter than average, since (under our assumptions) we’re removing a significantly taller than average segment from the overall female population?

  21. numbles Says:

    The thing is that small people look better on screen, this is why pornstars and hollywood stars are both below average height.

  22. Jose Says:

    EJEM EJEM, Briana Banks is 5,8″ height (1,73) not 1,80 or 1,78. Only search “Briana Branks height 5,8″ in google an check”