"Lots Of Long-Legged Fashion Models Come From These Countries"—Girls Of The Dinaric Alps
April 01, 2013, 03:31 PM
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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 328.9 (2005), 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.)

Adrijana Dejanovic, 179 cm tall

This picture of Helena Sopar displays the same morphology:

HELENA SOPAR

Ms. Sopar is 5'9.5 / 177.

Korina Longin, pictured sideways, is 175 CM.

Korina Longin, 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 in stereotypes.)The editors of Elle simply didn't have room for them. Ms. Sajko is 5' 8 1/2.

Kristina Sajko

This is a limited, carefully selected sample, of course, but as John Derbyshire had occasion to remark, "data" actually is the plural of "anecdote."