Eileen Gu's height explored as model and Olympic skier nabs gold

Kaitlin Wraight February 8, 2022
Eileen Gu's height explored as model and Olympic skier nabs gold
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You may spot Eileen Gu’s picture in a newspaper today, an action shot taken from the moment she won gold at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Or you may see her face splashed across a billboard, dressed to the nines as the latest poster girl for brands such as Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co.

China’s “Snow Princess” has been busy recently, making a name for herself in the sporting and modelling worlds. The US-born 18-year-old is representing her mother’s home country as a skier in the Beijing Winter Olympic Games.

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How tall is Eileen Gu? Her height is an asset in modelling and sports

Eileen Gu stands at 5ft 6in. She is 2in taller than the average American woman and 3in shorter than the average US model.

Gu was born on 3 September 2003 in San Fransisco, California, to an American father and Chinese mother.

The US is where the model spends most of her time and she will return home once the Olympics are finished as she has a place waiting for her at Stanford University, starting this autumn.

How the Olympics accelerated Gu’s modelling career

When Gu isn’t on the slopes, you’ll likely find her fulfilling her other passion: modelling. She has already built an impressive portfolio working with international fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton, Victoria’s Secret, Tiffany & Co, Gucci and Fendi, and has graced the covers of Vogue Hong Kong and Chinese Elle.

In January 2022, a month before she was due to compete at the Beijing Olympics, Gu was signed by IMG Models Worldwide, which works with Gigi and Bella Hadid.

She went into modelling after her sporting career took off and she began receiving attention from brands. Before she worked in fashion, she featured in advertisements for companies such as Red Bull, Cadillac and Beats.

Eileen Gu opts to represent China in 2022 Winter Olympics

Gu’s mother was an instructor at a Lake Tahoe ski resort, where Eileen began learning the sport aged three. She took part in her first professional competition in 2020, aged 16.

Until 2019, she competed for Team USA before making the controversial decision to represent China.

Gu told the Independent: “I grew up spending 25 per cent of my time in China. I’m fluent in Mandarin and English and fluent culturally in both countries. My mum grew up in Beijing and there is a real sense of coming home.

“I’m just as American as I am Chinese – both countries have made me the person I am. Both countries have been so supportive of me, I’ve not taken advantage of one or the other. I’m about using sport as a force for unity and not using it as a divisive force. If you disagree with that, that’s your problem and I can’t help you.”

Gu is becoming increasingly popular around the globe, amassing more than 628k Instagram followers and more than two million fans on Chinese platform Weibo.

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Kaitlin is a multimedia reporter in her final year of journalism at the University of Stirling. She has interests in film, TV, music and culture, and utilises her social media platforms to share analysis.