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Amazon Eve
Amazon Eve from bust up scarf.JPG
Ervin in 2012
Born (1979-02-23) February 23, 1979 (age 43)
  • Model
  • fitness trainer
  • actress
Years active2011–present
Modeling information
Height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)[1]
Hair colorRed[1]
Eye colorHazel[2]
AgencyArtist International[2]

Erika Ervin (born February 23, 1979[3][1]), known professionally as Amazon Eve, is an American model, fitness trainer, and actress. She has appeared on the cover of Australian magazine Zoo Weekly[4][5][6] and played a regular character on American Horror Story: Freak Show[7] and in a small role in American Horror Story: Apocalypse.[8] She stands at 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 m) tall.[4][5][6][9]

Early life and education[edit]

Ervin was born in Turlock, California,[10] and by age 14 was 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m). She grew 9 inches (23 cm) taller over the next four years.[11] Around age 25, she underwent gender reassignment surgery.[12] Ervin attended college in the San Francisco Bay Area and studied theater arts and business management.[1]


Ervin ventured to obtain roles as an actress but gave up on the idea when she was constantly offered roles as an alien or monster.[1] Later she studied law and exercise physiology. Tired of the office life that she had pursued and unhappy with her weight, she joined a gym but strove for an unrealistic size 0 physique that almost resulted in ending her life.[11] Eventually she developed a healthier body image and began to view herself as a super-sized version of Super Woman and became a personal trainer devoted to instilling realistic expectations for herself and her clients. She tours the world participating in height comparison photo shoots and regular modeling jobs and posts her tour on her website.

In 2011, she was crowned the World's Tallest Professional Model by Guinness World Records.[13]


In the September 2013 issue of Harper's Bazaar, Carine Roitfeld, former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris, wrote an article, "Carine Roitfeld's 'Singular Beauties'", with photographs by Karl Lagerfeld.[14] The article includes 25 models and is "an homage to the diversity of women". Among the models are Scarlett Johansson, Carmen Dell'Orefice (82 years old), Gabourey Sidibe, and Ervin who is paired with 5'9" Xiao Wen. There is also a video about the making of the article in which Xiao Wen and Ervin appear.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Ervin underwent sex reassignment surgery in 2004.[3] In interviews, Ervin has talked about the problems of being a tall woman. Other topics she has addressed include her troubles growing up dealing with teasing in high school, family problems and her modeling experience.[10][16]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Google Maps is Watching You Short film
2017 Whitney's Wedding Short film
2017 Falling South Short film
2018 Chimera Dita Gruze
2022 The Price We Pay Jodi


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Family Tools Tall Client Lady Episode: "Pilot"
2013 Hemlock Grove Shelley Godfrey 5 episodes
2014–2015 American Horror Story: Freak Show Amazon Eve 13 episodes
2018 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Lady Karaba Episode: "Fun & Games"
2018 American Horror Story: Apocalypse The Fist 3 episodes


  1. ^ a b c d e "Hoffman:At nearly 6 feet 9, Ervin stands tall". February 22, 2010. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "AMAZON EVE - Resume". Artist International. Archived from the original on June 20, 2019. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Torbjörn Ek (April 15, 2014). "Supermodellen Erika "Amazon Eve" Ervin: Jag föddes som William" [Supermodel Erika "Amazon Eve" Ervin: I was born as William] (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Archived from the original on March 14, 2018. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Ortenzi, Tj (November 25, 2009). "Amazon Eve, Tall Model, Towers Above Others". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on October 10, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Amazon Eve is Not Your Typical Model". The Cleveland Leader. November 28, 2009. Archived from the original on April 10, 2015. Retrieved February 8, 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Amazon Eve: World's Tallest Glamour Model In Pictures". Anorak news. Archived from the original on July 2, 2018. Retrieved February 8, 2010.
  7. ^ Wong, Curtis (October 7, 2014). "Transgender Actress Erika Ervin On Her 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Role". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on December 6, 2016. Retrieved October 26, 2014.
  8. ^ "American Horror Story: Apocalypse Trailer: All the Clues and Spoilers You Missed | TV Guide". September 5, 2018. Archived from the original on September 6, 2018. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  9. ^ Kar, Meena (January 21, 2010). "World's Tallest Model Amazon Eve Set To Appear In Cover Page Of Australian Magazine". Thaindian News. Archived from the original on October 29, 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2010.
  10. ^ a b Martens, Maegan (January 7, 2011). "World's tallest model sprouts from Turlock". Turlock Journal. Archived from the original on February 4, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  11. ^ a b Ashley (February 9, 2011). "World's Tallest Model Talks About Body Image :: Interview with Amazon Eve". nourishing the soul. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
  12. ^ De Giorgio, Lorianna (March 2, 2011). "Amazon Eve: This model's not to scale". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
  13. ^ "Tallest professional model". Guinness World Records. Archived from the original on October 15, 2014. Retrieved August 16, 2012.
  14. ^ Roitfeld, Carine; Karl Lagerfeld (September 2013). "Carine Roitfelt's 'Singular Beauties'". Harper's Bazaar. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  15. ^ Roitfeld, Carine (September 2013). Behind-the-scenes video: Carine Roitfeld's Singular Beauties. Harper's Bazaar. Event occurs at 0:44. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  16. ^ Amazon Eve (March 8, 2011). "Meet Amazon Eve, The World's Tallest Model; Being tall". NewYorkLive (Interview). Interviewed by LX New York. New York: WNBC 4. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved September 7, 2012.

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