A model who is just three foot, four inches tall, is showing the world that sexy has no height restrictions.
Two years ago, 21-year-old Dru Presta moved from Reno, Nevada, to Los Angeles so she could pursue her dream of breaking the fashion industry.
Born with achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism, she was made to feel like an outcast in her hometown, and says she was bullied for 15 years because of her size.
Big dreams: Two years ago, 21-year-old Dru Presta moved from Reno, Nevada, to Los Angles to pursue her dream of breaking the fashion industry
Petite: Measuring 3ft 4in, Dru was born with achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism
Cruel: Dru says she was bullied for 15 years because of her size but now has over 10,000 followers on Instagram
Strike a pose: The fashion marketing students has defied the odds to become a model despite her diminutive stature
And while she now oozes confidence, she said it took her a long time to get there.
The fashion marketing student told Barcroft: ‘The way people reacted was not the best way for a child for ever be exposed to. Reno, Nevada is really small.
‘So, it’s very small in diversity. They weren’t quite accepting to the fact of something that was different. Something abnormal.
‘They definitely rung me out really hard. They teased and they made hurtful names. I just stuck out like a sore thumb.
‘When I was younger I used to deal with criticism in the worst way possible. I would completely lash out.’
Dru is the only person in her family to have been born with dwarfism, so the whole family learned how to deal with negativity together.
She said: ‘In my family I am the only dwarf and all of history with my family life. So, they were, kind of, learning as I was learning through my life. They did the best they could and they did a really good job.
‘They don’t want to shelter me, which they usually do with a lot of Little People because they feel scared to see their own child just to go out in general.’
After graduating high school Dru decided to take the big step to home to LA for a ‘freer’ life.
Sister sister: Dru, pictured left with her younger sister, is the only person in her family to have been born with dwarfism, so the whole family learned how to deal with negativity together
Daddy’s girl: Dru, pictured on her dad’s back, says her family didn’t try to shelter her as a child and that they did a really good job
Beach babe: The Instagram star says modelling has helped her feel more confident
Lights, camera, action: Dru explains that she now feels sexier in front of the camera, thanks to her new-found confidence
Speaking about her decision to get into modelling, she said: ‘I decided to get in to this field because I don’t want anyone else to feel like they can’t express themselves like the way I did back home.
‘I don’t want them to feel secluded. I don’t want them to feel like they have to wear what everybody else is wearing, just because that’s what offered in our size. I want people to be able to feel as free as I do.
‘I want my modelling photos to show that you can be sexy in any size. You can be super duper tall and six foot, four inches and you can be three foot, four inches like me and still look sexy and cute.’
Before starting a new life in LA, Dru struggled to find fashionable clothes for Little People and just got by with what she could find.
She explained: ‘My fashion sense was honestly non-existent back home until I moved to Los Angeles. I did what I could at stores. I was doing my best with fixing them.
She now loves shopping and said being able to find fashionable clothes is not only ‘relieving’, it also allows her to ‘freely express’ who she is without having to worry if something fits right.
With over 10,000 followers on Instagram, Dru hopes her modelling work will encourage people of all shapes, size and backgrounds to be included in the fashion world.
Summer loving: Dru hopes she is forging a path in the fashion industry for other Little People
Acceptance: The pretty brunette says she now loves shopping since moving to LA
Picture perfect: Dru says she feels ‘freer’ in Los Angeles
No turning back: Dru doesn’t want anyone else to feel like they couldn’t express themselves
She said: ‘I want everybody in the fashion world just to be accepted. I want anybody to be able to walk that runway just like anybody else – whether you see them rolling down the runway in your wheelchair or on crutches.
‘I want people to be able to feel like they can do it just like anybody else. And I want the fashion world to be able to see that – we’re just like everybody else.’
Since she started modelling Dru’s confidence has skyrocketed and now she is using her Instagram to spread body positivity.
She said: ‘Modelling has boosted my confidence a ton. I feel a lot sexier in front of the camera, it’s like a different Dru that likes to be exposed. Honestly, there is just no other words, I love being in front of the camera.
She hopes the path she is forging in the fashion industry will encourage others to express their true selves.
‘My advice for people with dwarfism who would love to become a model is just to do it’, she added.
‘I decided to get in to this field because I don’t want anyone else to feel like they can’t express themselves like the way I did back home. I don’t want them to feel secluded. I want people to be able to feel as free as I do.’