Steve Sailer`s post Tallest Men in Europe, based, of course on
Pineau, Jean-Claude, Paul Delamarche, and S. Bozinovic. "Average height of adolescents in the Dinaric Alps
]." Comptes rendus biologies
contained the fascinating and suggestive phrase "Lots of long-legged fashion models come from these countries."
Do they really? In fact, they do. A list of the most successful Croatian models
includes this impressive picture of Adrijana Dejanovic. Miss Dejanovic is 179 CM tall.
(5` 10" 1/2.)
This picture of Helena Sopar displays the same morphology:
Ms. Sopar is 5`9.5 / 177.
Korina Longin, pictured sideways, is 175 CM.
The long-leggedness of Croatian models is so reliable that in a case like this Elle
cover of Kristina Sajko, where we can`t even see her legs, we can assume their length. (I have faith
.)The editors of Elle
simply didn`t have room for them. Ms. Sajko is 5` 8 1/2.
This is a limited, carefully selected sample, of course, but as John Derbyshire had occasion to remark, "data" actually is the plural of "anecdote."