Tiiu was discovered in Estonia when she was only 14. In the beginning, she had difficulties getting jobs because of her height. Her career took off when she met Tom Ford. He marked her height with a black tape on a wall and declared that from now on, everyone in his show had to be this tall. Today Tiiu is 6’2″ and among the most successful models in the industry. Her success triggered a short-lived trend of extremely tall models which also helped other tall top models like Julia Stegner and Michelle Buswell.