How tall is Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul's Height

5ft 0 (152.4 cm)

American singer and talent judge on American Idol. She once remarked, "I think my height intimidates people ... When I tower under people, it's horrible". In 2011 LA Magazine she said her height: "I'm five feet two on a good day" and also in 2014 decided to be more specific: "I'm five feet, one-and-three-quarters inches, but in my mind I'm seven feet tall".

How tall is Paula Abdul
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Average Guess (19 Votes)
4ft 11.42in (150.9cm)
Rhianna Barr-Beaumont said on 15/May/23
Her own mother Lorraine, says that Paula was a preemie, I think that could be the reason she is so petite.
Comentarista said on 16/Sep/22
Rojina Aktar said on 16/Nov/21
I didn't even think she was actually even FIVE at-home like 4"11
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 19/Jun/20
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Many Happy Returns to Paula Abdul, who turns 58 today. I found 152cm for her, but I'm upping her guess this time to 4ft11.25, which is 50% higher than my last estimate and 50% lower than the figure I just found. 😁

Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 23/Apr/20
The average listed Paula here is 5'5.6"
mark thompson said on 21/Apr/20
@Littlelee5ft6 a 5'8 woman is roughly the equivalent of a 6'1 man, so it is definitely somewhere above average.
Nik Ashton said on 20/Apr/20
@ Paula - very interesting, you are solid tall!

10 out of the 13 Paula’s on celebheights are 5’4” or above!
Littlelee5ft6 said on 19/Apr/20
5ft 8 isnt super tall and theres a few Paula's on here taller than that
Paula said on 17/Jan/19
Fun fact, Paula actually means "small", which is perfect for her. On the other hand, there's me, with that same name and I'm 5'8. Lol. :)
Bradly said on 14/Feb/18
4 foot 10 in '18, she looked dwarfish with models last year.
Sandy Cowell said on 18/May/17
Paula reckons on 5ft1.75! Never has she been that tall! She's always been 5ft at the most! Now I would say, looking at that picture, 4ft10, possibly half-an-inch more! There's nothing wrong with that - she's very pretty with it and a good, agile dancer!
I'll put 4ft10.5 for her. I was going to go lower!
Rojina said on 18/Dec/16
She is NOT even 5 feet
Brad said on 9/Apr/16
4 foot 10 in '16, she's really tiny with everybody now.
Matt said on 22/Aug/15
About 4'10" regardless of rumors. Anna is 5-8
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me said on 1/Oct/14
Most definitely 4'-10" or less.
Knew someone who knew John Stamos and had met her and stood next to her.
chris said on 10/Sep/14
On this photos she seems to be taller than 5'0 Kylie and even somehow 5'2 listed Dannii Minogue. Also visibly taller than 4'11 Adrienne Bailon
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Laura said on 26/Aug/14
I actually think she is no taller than 4"10. Looking at her she doesn't seem to have the proportions of someone who is 5"0, even 4"11 is pushing it imo. She is probably 5"2 in 5" heels in my opinion.
Kalista said on 25/Jan/14
Paula you are gourges and I am 13 and 4'10 estimated to be 5'2 or 5'3
Karen said on 8/Dec/13
I've seen her in person and she's no more than 5ft tall. I'm truly 5.075 and she was shorter than me.
LG69 said on 7/Jun/13
I've seen here in photos where she is barefooted, and I think she might not be 5'0. I think 4'11" is likely for Paula.
Cliff said on 26/Jan/13
I'd say 4'11." her appearence last year on The View standing next to 5'2" Sharon Osbourne laid to rest any claims over 5'0."
Ali said on 11/Jan/13
Haha shes like 4'10-4'11! 5'3 cheryl cole towers over her
Cristi said on 13/Nov/12
Paula is so little and cute...and for me, definitely less than 5'2", 5 feet seems correct. It seesm to me she has shrunk a little over the years.
Brad said on 2/Oct/12
Met a legit 5' footer. Abdul was 1" shorter in a meet & greet. Def 4' 11".
little sue said on 14/Aug/12
Lol!! 5ft 2 in maybe the highest of heels
Brad said on 14/Aug/12
National Enquirer this week says 5' 2", they get heights from P.R. firms.
Brad said on 7/Aug/12
She might be 4' 11". Her 5' 2" quote is laughable.
Heightgirl said on 10/Jun/12
I'm just re posting the video of Paula on Season 1 of The Talk cause the earlier one I posted is no longer working. Recap: "Barely" 5f2 Sharon Osbourne towered over this "teeny tiny girl", this "peanut". I still think she's only 4f9ish. Click Here
Heightgirl said on 23/Sep/11
Cheryl Cole of X-factor claims 5f3 and she's like 5 inches taller than Paula so that proves to me that Paula is not 5f2, or even 5f for that matter. I still think she is more like 4f10 or a bit under.
Danimal said on 30/Aug/11
Do people not remember when she first came out in the late 80's with her HUGE album she stated she was 4'11". She was never over that.
littlesue said on 18/May/11
The latest pictures with Cheryl Cole make her about 4 inches shorter in similar shoes so I would say about 4ft 11.
Heightgirl said on 3/May/11
What type of shoes were you both wearing, Allison?
Allison said on 13/Apr/11
I met her in LA and she is about my height. I'd put her at 4'11" or 4'10"
Deb said on 7/Apr/11
Lolita, if she stated that she was 4f11 before he car wreck then she lost a couple of inches from it and age wouldn't it make her 4f9. I also saw her on the view and she was a lot shorter than 5f1ish Sharron Osbourne.
Mariana said on 24/Feb/11
Agree with lolita, Paula is shorter than 5 feet...definitely! Besides, she has back problems and her vertebras tend to get smaller with age and illness.
Maybe she is 5'2" with those huge heels she always wears.
lolita said on 7/Feb/11
It seems like people do not remember when Paula Abdul first came out. She stated she was 4`11" tall.I am 5`2" tall and I can tell that she is shorter than me. And for the person who said that they are 5`11" tall, when you are that height anyone under 5`5" tall looks short and the same height unless you are a kid. When she started saying recently that she was 5`2" tall I knew she was lying. I remember what she said years ago and what her bio stats were. Some of you were too young to remember. I am a few years younger that her, and and was a big fan in the late eighties and early nineties
Heightgirl said on 21/Jan/11
Mitch, I saw that too. Sharron kept saying that Paula was a "teeny tiny girl" and "a peanut". Sharron said it herself that she is "5f2 barely, barely". I would have to say that Paula is 4f9.5 at the most. Check out the 11:33 mark Click Here
Mitch said on 17/Jan/11
I saw her on the Talk today, and was amazed at how good she looked, and just how short she is. I mean Sharron Towered over her, I'd put her at 4'11".
AnonymousIntx said on 17/Jan/11
@A2. Yup, a person who rounds their height to a nearest ft is suspicious. It usually means they are just below that. So 4-10 sounds just about right.
Anonymous2 said on 22/Nov/10
She is really tiny next to "5f2, barely... BARELY" Sharon Osbourne. She looks 4f10 or a bit shorter.
Mathew said on 3/Jul/09
Mercy me says on 22/Apr/09
Paula is a friend of mine. I find this thread hilarious and so does Paula. She is an honest 4'9.5" and doesn't care who knows it. She promised me that she would make mention of her actual height the next time she does Ellen. Make that appears on the Ellen show.

I'd believe 4'9.5". before 5'2". All I know is she's quite short. No more than 5', probably less.
Heightgirl said on 22/May/09
Paula is absolutely not 5f2 barefoot! She doesn't even look 5f! In huge platforms she might get as tall as 5f2 lol She's tiny weeny and probably max 4f10 barefoot.
Blueeyes said on 22/May/09
Paula is in the 4's, I know because I went to high school with her.
Brad said on 30/Apr/09
5' 0" is her height. Mercy me & answer need to look at her with her 5' 4" ex.
THE ANSWER said on 30/Apr/09
Paula Abdul is NOT in 4's... shes 5'2 people, get it straight & "Mercy me" you DONT know Paula, no one is going to fall for that; & her people do not have time to look around at sites like this.
Mercy me said on 22/Apr/09
Paula is a friend of mine. I find this thread hilarious and so does Paula. She is an honest 4'9.5" and doesn't care who knows it. She promised me that she would make mention of her actual height the next time she does Ellen. Make that appears on the Ellen show.
Chris said on 11/Mar/09
thanks for that pic quasi.... Paula always wears high heels to events, in the 4 inch range, and those will add about 2 1/2 - 3 inches to her height. From that pic (remember Swayze is not barefoot, so lets call him 5'11" in the pic) she appears to be 9 to 10 inches shorter...he has a long head, and she's around his shoulder without the hair. So.... 9 1/2 inches less than his 5'11" puts her at 5'1 1/2" in her heels, or about 4'11" barefoot. I don't think we can get more accurate than that.... I haven't seen any photographs that suggest 5 feet. Rob, please please please lower her to 4 ft 11 !!!!
quasi said on 15/Jan/09
Here's a pic of Paula next to Patrick Swayze. She is most probably wearing heels at this event but still looks atleast 7 inches shoter than a 5'10 Swayze.

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Tayler said on 14/Jan/09
She seems to be no more than 4'10" - almost 5".

Her back and neck injuries may have made her lose that 1 or 2 inches of height, though.
Heightgal said on 16/Nov/08
Wow only 4f9.25! I thought she was 4f10.
steve said on 13/Nov/08
I measured her in her stocking feet and she is 4'9.
steve said on 13/Nov/08
I measured her. She is 4'9 1/4.
Jen said on 24/Aug/08
She can't be more than 4'10 now, maybe in her 20s she was 5', but she seems to have shrunk. Plus with her neck injury she admitted to losing an inch.
Anna said on 17/Aug/08
She looks taller than 5'0.I'd say more like 5'2-5'3.
Anon said on 11/Jul/08
I bumped into her at a gas station in Scottsdale. She is lucky if she is 5ft. And I stood face to face talking with her for quite a little while.
Brad said on 3/Jul/08
I'll ask her on the 11th in Burbank.
lee said on 9/May/08
there is a picture of her next to randy (5 foot 8) jackson and she is in 5 inch heels and still looks 7 inches smaller than him. That can't be right
Anonymous said on 18/Mar/08
Giada de Laurentiis is "just under 5'2" according to Town & Country Magazine. She is confirmed petite---she refers to herself as "petite" on her official website.
Anna said on 11/Mar/08
She seems only 4f11 or less to me. She's so tiny even when she wears very high heels with a big platform.
Danimal said on 24/Feb/08
Jill says on 25/Jan/07
My husband is 5f10 without shoes, I'm 5f2 without shoes and I come up to just under his nose. In shoes I'm about an 2.5 - 3" higher and he is about 1.5" higher so I'm to the middle or top of his nose, depending on the shoes I wear. I always wear at least a 3inch heel.

Wow, you've really put a lot of thought into this, haven't you? I didn't think women were this aware and interested in height as men were.
observer said on 23/Feb/08
Paula's hands are tiny. When she wears dark fingernail polish, it's even more noticebale how tiny her hands are. When the American Idol judges walked into the area where they were judging people, Paula always wore very high, (about 5 inch), heels. She looks like she might be less than five feet tall.
324donnny said on 21/Feb/08
Roberti you speak with double neatives do you mean she cant be more than 5 feet tall?
Roberti said on 1/Dec/07
I saw her last week. She can't be no more than 5 feet tall. She is tiny, but very hot as well. Roberti would like some of that instead of the desserts she prepares on TV.
Arshee said on 8/Nov/07
I bet Giada is not that short. She looks like a little person because she is skinny with a big head.
Daniel said on 2/Oct/07
Beautiful women don't need to be tall. It doesn't matter if they're 4'11'' or 6', as long as they are well shaped. BTW, I'm a 5'6'' guy, ha ha!
Heba said on 18/Sep/07
I believe that the heals make her look 5'1,however shes actualy shorter.
Sometimes she looks 4'11.
Anyway there is nothing wrong with being short,especialy 4 us women. Being short make us look very young and most important what we lack in height we make up for in our personality ^_^.
AI is cool said on 3/Sep/07
Paula was in Tyra Banks Show, she said she was 5'1" 3/4 (156cm)?
Destiny said on 2/Sep/07
Giada Di Laurentiis is very petite, almost tiny. I saw her at a restaurant last weekend and she's no more than 5'0". I'm 5'3 and I was looking down at her! But she's very skinny and I've heard they used elevated floors on her show, so i guess that helps her a lot.
p.s. if you notice they never take full shots of her when she's walking on the weekend thing show, so she doesnt look tiny.
not to be told said on 9/Aug/07
but yahoo says she is 5'2"(1.57)

Editor Rob
she's one of the least likeliest 'I'm 5ft 2ers' on the site...
SomeoneStarry said on 8/Aug/07
yeah I'm 5'2" and had to look down at her. lol but she's a sweetheart.
chris said on 10/Jul/07
any enlightening things on Paula's height from the new show about her "Hey Paula"????
Kathy said on 23/Apr/07
Brad, what do you mean she had a baby with one of the Jackson's 5 years ago? I thought that rumor was from the 80's.

What type of thing could Barry Manilow "un-hide"? I thought he and Paula are actually friends.
Taylor said on 21/Apr/07
Paula is 4'11-5ft. I know she's shorter than me and im only 5'1. So I know at maximum she's 5 ft, but she's still cute!
Jennifer said on 12/Apr/07
In an interview with her, she claimed to be 5 foot 2, but celebrities normally give themselves an inch or two of height. They're usually shorter than they claim. So I agree, I think Paula is 5' (maybe 5'1").
Brad said on 1/Apr/07
I read that Jessica Simpson wore 6" heels in her meeting with Warner Bros. Dukes Of Hazzard brass....she was scared that they thought that this Texas girl was 5' 10".
glenn said on 8/Mar/07
around 5ft.havent seen her since 1991.and it was impossible to get near she cant get arrested.fuk her.
X said on 7/Mar/07
Many who remember articles on her from the 1980s say she was then listed at 5 ft. 2 but she has always appeared shorter to them and does so to me today.

Editor Rob
this is true, for instance in 1989, even the interviewer said:

"Abdul says she's 5-foot-2, which may be generous", but in early 90's many were calling her 5ft 1
karen said on 2/Feb/07
i just saw Paula shopping for shoes. She is absolutely 5 feet or shorter. NO WAY NO HOW is she 5ft 2. She was very nice though
Jill said on 25/Jan/07
My husband is 5f10 without shoes, I'm 5f2 without shoes and I come up to just under his nose. In shoes I'm about an 2.5 - 3" higher and he is about 1.5" higher so I'm to the middle or top of his nose, depending on the shoes I wear. I always wear at least a 3inch heel.
Anonymous said on 5/Jan/07
I'm a bit over 5f2 without shoes on and in shoes i'm anywhere from 5f4.5 - 5f7 depending on the shoes so there is no way she is 5f2. She looks 5f2 with shoes on so I am going to say she is 4f11 max.
DrCBar said on 22/Dec/06
Giada De Laurentiis, although very slim, is on the tall side. On a Today Show segment she is shown standing next to Matt Lauer (listed as 5'11" and 6') and she's only a few inches shorter. In a recent Iron Chef special, Giada is partnered with Bobby Flay (5'11") and a little shorter than him. Even in heels that makes her between 5'6" and 5'8".
Brad said on 20/Nov/06
Yup, Jackie Jackson. That's a true story. "Crazy Cool" is a cool song, but, radio never gave it a shot. She's so cold, even record companies & tour promoters iced her even after being on a #1 TV show. I'm waiting for Barry Manilow to un-hide something I've heard about for years.
J. said on 17/Nov/06
I remember that flopped CD. With an artist like her, who was more style than substance, her appeal wouldn't age well. I also heard about the Jackie Jackson baby rumors. Who knows? In Hollywood ...everyone's hiding something.
Glenn said on 15/Nov/06
Havnt seen her in 15 years.and she was difficult.had a towel over her she couldnt get arrested.STILL dont have this photo.
Brad said on 15/Nov/06
She's so cute! How can she be part of 2 divorces?
Jean said on 19/Oct/06
She's under 5ft1 because with heels she doesn't even look 5ft4
Moni said on 4/Oct/06
I have requested Glenn to add Giada de Laurentis and Rachel Ray to this site. I'm curious about Giada's height too. She can look petite or of average height. I've read that she's petite and that the kitchen counter for her show is built lower for her short stature. On the other hand, I saw a scene from her show where she walked out of a house to greet a group of people. She wore flat shoes (flip flops, I think) and when she was in the crowd, she was taller than or same height as the women and not too short compared to the men. That tells me she is probably average height between 5'4" and 5'5" w/o heels.
Amanda said on 3/Oct/06
GIADA DE LAURENTIIS-- how tall is she? Is it just me, or does she look like a little person? Destiny asked the same question in May
darryl said on 18/Aug/06
i saw paula several years ago at the beverly center (between her pop stardom and AI fame). all i can remember about her height is that she was so much shorter than i thought! my mom is 5'2, so i'm thinking paula's 4'11, tops. she was also much more beautiful in person, and also VERY kind and genuine, which is what matters in the end anyway.
Brad said on 6/Aug/06
Hard to judge Paula, she really packs the hair high and wears big heels. I think 5' is about right.
abbyj said on 22/Jul/06
I met Paula Abdul in 1993 and standing next to me (I'm 5'6) she appeared to be around 4'10. She had huge hair and was wearing 3" heels and barely came up to my chin. There is no way she is 5 feet tall.
cinnamon said on 13/May/06
I saw her on vh1 celeb eye candy and she's looks shorter than 4'11! more like 4'10 or maybe 4'9! she's really tiny!

Editor Rob
yeah, true, she can make cowell look like a giant
sf said on 2/May/06
Saw her on a Access Hollywood or something like that and they showed her standing on her toes for a picture. Yes, they showed a full shot with her standing on her tip-toes for the picture.
Destiny said on 1/May/06
Does anyone know how tall Giada De laurentiis is? She has her own show (Everyday Italian) on Food Network. She is also the host of Behind the Bash.
Walker said on 27/Apr/06
Just saw her here in Brentwood getting out of a car and walking toward me and she is definitely shorter than 5 feet!
British Guy said on 15/Apr/06

Evidence speaks for itself rob,

I think most will agree Paula is smaller than the 5ft here...

Jake said on 13/Apr/06
Question, can she be under 5ft?
Answer: yes, more like 4'10.5" in my opinion.
cinnamon said on 12/Apr/06
I think she's 4'11. I seen her on Leno, and he towered over her!
Parker said on 1/Apr/06
There's a photograph of Paula on Wireimages with Dudley Moore. Cannot see her heels, but you can see Dudley's - Paula is about 2 ins shorter than Dudley so 5' range looks about right - possibly shorter
kristian said on 10/Mar/06
the picture with shaq make it to the point
Taylor said on 5/Mar/06
I met Paula last year. I'm 5'6 and she barley hit my nose in height. I would assume she's either 5 feet of 4'11.
Stephenie said on 3/Mar/06
She is 5' 2". People often look shorter than they really are because of bad posture, camera angles, etc.

Editor Rob
Anshelm said on 21/Jan/06
Looked maybe 5'2"/157 cm tall with heels next to Jay Leno. Yea, 152 cm should be pretty close, could be less.
heightfan said on 17/Jan/06
I just saw her on Ellen, who I think is a good barometer of height due to her wearing sneakers or loafers. With Ellen in her sneakers (5'8) and Paula in 4 inch heels there was about at least a 5 inch difference. The top of her head was just below the Ellen's nose. IMO 4'11"
Kats said on 7/Aug/05
On an ExposΓ©(Dateline I believe) she admitted to losing one inch after her surgeries. She said she was 5'2 then went to 5'1. No one should ever think she is 5'2 because she admitted to being shorter. But I would leave 5'0 up, because that looks more realistic to me.
straight-up said on 28/Jul/05
Paula is 4'11", it was stated in an article back in the late 80's.
danny said on 10/Jun/05
yeah, I think she only about 5 foot standing next to Heidi with a apple box and she is barely even taller than heidi standing on it. And heidi only 5'9 inches
Anonymous said on 4/Jun/05
They look about the same height in those two pictures minus the huge hair. But Heidi isn't really standing upright in both pictures, which probably took about an inch off her? The apple box can't be less than 20cm in height. And let's assume their heels are similar. So if Heidi is really the 5'9" as stated, this would make Paula 5' at best. Does anyone agree?
Anonymous said on 8/May/05
On Access Hollywood when they were talking about the Paula rumors, the show presented Paula and her accuser as if they were in somekind of boxing match. The two host said "Paula Abdul at a generous 5'2", very generous". Hmmm I wonder how generous.
Smoke said on 6/Apr/05
She may have been 5'2" at her peak, but she also had back surgery from which could have subracted height from her already tiny frame. She's definately an inch or two shorter than 5'2".

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