15 Famous Tall Women Who Love Short Men

Did you know that many tall women love short men?

Just look at Hollywood, and you'll find tons of examples of tall female celebrities dating men who are shorter than them.

Famous tall women who love short men

But many shorter gents feel like women only like taller men, so they don't stand a chance (especially with a taller woman).

There's some truth to this. Many women prefer men who are taller than them. Or at least they say they do.

When it comes down to it, most women value non-physical traits way more than anything as superficial as height.

I've met women who claimed they'd never date a short man – until they met the man of their dreams who just so happened to be 5'6″.

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But this post isn't about attraction. It's simply meant to inspire by showcasing examples of taller women who fell head over heels for men of modest stature.

So, from Hollywood magnates to bombshell supermodels, here are 15 famous tall women who love short men.

Ari Cooper (6')
Ari Cooper (6')
w/ Deryck Whibley (5'5")
Clare Grant
Clare Grant
w/ Seth Green (5'5")
Rhea Durham (5'9")
Rhea Durham (5'9")
w/ Mark Wahlberg (5'8")
Carla Bruni (5'9")
Carla Bruni (5'9")
w/ Nicolas Sarkozy (5'6")
Katie Holmes (5'9")
Katie Holmes (5'9")
w/ Tom Cruise (5'7")
Liv Tyler (5'10")
Liv Tyler (5'10")
w/ Royston Langdon (5'8)
Alessandra Ambrosio (5'10")
Alessandra Ambrosio (5'10")
w/ Jamie Mazur (5'8")
Nicole Kidman (5'11")
Nicole Kidman (5'11")
w/ Keith Urban (5'10")
Nicole Kidman (5'11")
Nicole Kidman (5'11")
w/ Tom Cruise (5'7")
Erin Darke (5'7")
Erin Darke (5'7")
w/ Daniel Radcliffe (5'5")
Sophie Dahl (6')
Sophie Dahl (6')
w/ Jamie Cullum (5'5")
Cameron Diaz (5'9")
Cameron Diaz (5'9")
w/ and Benji Madden (5'6")
Charlize Theron (5'10")
Charlize Theron (5'10")
w/ Sean Penn (5'8")
Tina Fey (5'5")
Tina Fey (5'5")
w/ Jeff Richmond (5'3")
Stacy Keibler (5'11")
Stacy Keibler (5'11")
w/ George Clooney (5'10")
Stacy Keibler (5'11")
Stacy Keibler (5'11")
w/ Jared Pobre (5'8")
Uma Thurman (5'11")
Uma Thurman (5'11")
w/ Ethan Hawke (5'10")
Uma Thurman (5'11")
Uma Thurman (5'11")
w/ Gary Oldman (5'9")


#1: Ari Cooper (6′)

Standing six feet tall, model Ari Cooper towers over her husband Deryck Whibley (who is about 5'6″).

If you recognize Deryck, it's because he's the frontman for Sum 41, a Grammy-nominated rock band that gained massive popularity in the early 2000s

Anyone else remember Total Request Live??

#2: Clare Grant (5'7″)

You may not know who Clare Grant is, but I'm sure you recognize her 5'4″ husband Seth Green, voice of Family Guy‘s Chris Griffin (among many, many other things).

Clare is also an entertainment industry vet, having acted in movies like Walk the Line and Black Snake Moan.

Some people think this much of a size difference between a husband and wife is weird. I say more power to Clare and Seth!

#3: Rhea Durham (5'9″)

American fashion model Rhea Durham has been married to model/rapper/actor/producer Mark Wahlberg since 2009.

It's funny…most people don't realize that Mark Wahlberg is a shorter man because he's, well, Mark Wahlberg (i.e., kind of a badass).

Believe it or not, at 5'8″ he's actually about an inch shorter than his wife.

#4: Carla Bruni (5'9″)

I think we can all agree that Carla Bruni is former French President Nicolas Sarkozy's better half.

She never hesitates to add a few inches to her figure by wearing heels, and apparently neither does he.

No if only he would find a tailor for his suits…

#5: Katie Holmes (5'9″)

Katie Holmes was a movie star before she married perhaps the most notorious famous short actor, Tom Cruise (5'7″).

Say what you want about the man (it's probably true), but you have to admit: Tom Cruise is a phenomenal actor (have you seen Vanilla Sky??).

It's easy to imagine how Katie Holmes fell for him, but it's equally easy to understand why she left him (you know, the whole lunatic Scientologist thing…).

#6: Liv Tyler (5'10”)

Yes, that Liv Tyler, a.k.a. Aerosmith's daughter, a.k.a Arwen, Queen of the Elves.

She married some dude named Royston Langdon who happens to be 5'8″, so I guess Tyler doesn't care too much about a man's height.

The two ended up getting divorced, but from what I can tell (from about 10 minutes of admittedly ‘not great' Internet research), she can do better.

#7: Alessandra Ambrosio (5'10”)

Some would argue that Brazilian supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio is the most beautiful women on the planet.

Clearly, they haven't met my girlfriend.

(Sooo many brownie points if she reads this!)

(unless she also reads this part…)



This gorgeous woman married a man named Jamie Mazur who, at roughly 5'8″, stands about two inches shorter than her.

Maybe she loves Mazur because he's easy on the eyes. Or maybe it's his $20+ million net worth. Heck, maybe he just has an amazing personality.

Whatever the reason, it's not his six foot frame. Height isn't everything, fellas!

#8: Nicole Kidman (5'11”)

Here's a stunning, award-winning actress who seems to prefer men who are shorter than her.

Then again, at 5'11, going exclusively for taller gents eliminates more than half the dating pool.

Nicole Kidman married Tom Cruise after meeting on the set of Days of Thunder, but they ended up getting divorced about 11 years later.

She was involved with rockstar Lenny Kravitz, who is four inches shorter than her, along with country rocker Keith Urban.

Kidman married Urban (5'10”) in 2006, and the two have been happily married ever since.

#9: Erin Darke (5'7″)

You might be asking yourself, “Erin who?”

Fair enough. I mean, compared to her boyfriend, Harry Po–I mean, Daniel Radcliffe, she's a minor celebrity.

But just like 5'5″ Radcliffe, Darke is a highly talented Hollywood professional. She's known for her casting abilities,  and she's acted in Academy Award winning movies like Still Alice.

#10: Sophie Dahl (6′)

To be fair, I didn't know who Sophie Dahl or her 5'5″ husband Jamie Cullen were until I started researching for this post.

But I had to include them because a seven inch height difference is pretty epic.

Dahl is a writer and former fashion model. She's written for publications like Vogue and The Guardian, and she's even penned her own books.

Cullum, according to Wikipedia, is an “English jazz-pop singer-songwriter” who, as it turns out, is ridiculously talented.

#11: Cameron Diaz (5'9″)

There must be something about short, angsty alternative rockstars (see #1) because Cameron Diaz married Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden (5'6″) after just seven months of dating.

I'm not one for celebrity gossip, but I did come across a quote from Diaz that reveals one reason behind her attraction to Madden:

He's hot.

Coming from a woman who's dated Justin Timberlake and six foot three Alex Rodriguez, I'd say we can chalk one up for Team Short Men.

#12: Charlize Theron (5'10”)

South African actress Charlize Theron has won all sorts of awards for her work in films like Monster, North Country and Mad Max: Fury Road.

She's been in a handful of high profile relationships, like when she dated one of my favorite actors, Sean Penn (5'8″), from 2015-2015.

Speaking of Penn, The Game is worth a watch if you haven't seen it.

#13: Tina Fey (5'5″)

Award winning writer and actress, Tina Fey, has been happily married to her 5'3″ husband Jeff Richmond since 2001.

They always seem very comfortable together. Fey never leaves the high heels at home to avoid embarrassing her husband.

You can tell that they're totally at ease with their height difference. Nice!

#14: Stacy Keibler (5'11”)

Actress, model and former professional wrestler (yup) Stacy Keibler dated George Clooney (5'10”) for a couple of years before marrying advertising exec Jared Pobre (5'8″) in March 2014.

At 5'11”, it's not surprising that Stacey Keibler doesn't limit her dating pool to taller men. But moving from George Clooney to a shorter, non-Clooney man?

This is clearly a victory for short men everywhere. High fives all around!

And if you ever meet Jared Pobre, please give him a firm handshake for me.

#15: Uma Thurman (5'11”)

At 5'11” Uma Thurman towers over most women and many men, so it's not too surprising that she's open to dating shorter men.

Back in the early 90s, Thurman was married to actor Gary Oldman (5'9″) for a couple of years.

She also married and had two kids with actor Ethan Hawke (5'10”) before getting divorced in 2005.

I'm not one to judge other people, but get this:

  • Thurman has been divorced twice.
  • Oldman has racked up four divorces and a DUI.
  • After divorcing Thurman, Hawke married their former nanny.

Seriously, Hollywood? Get it together!


Yes, it's true that many women prefer tall men, or at least men who are taller than they are. But contrary to popular belief, it's not always true.

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There are plenty of women who love shorter men, from famous actresses to supermodels to that barista you've been meaning to ask out (tip: don't take her to a coffee shop).

Don't ever let limiting beliefs like “women only like taller men” hold you back.

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  1. This is very true, I (5’7) am happy with my 5’9 gf and havwe have no problem going out with her on high heels too. Much love

  2. There is still hope for me. Lol :p

  3. Thanks for the article. It does show that if you have money/status, it compensates for lack of height or generally lack of good looks. Those qualities are usually traded for beauty and youth. I´d be more interested of examples including regular short guys and regular tall women, maybe you could give some insight for us who like tall women but don´t have lots of money or high status…

    • From my own circle of family and friends, I know 4 couples (that I can think of right now) where the man in shorter than his gf/wife. They’re very happy, very in love.

      These guys are “regular short guys” – not millionaires or celebrities.

      Of course, I can’t put these people examples on the blog!

      Also, if you don’t have money or status, ask yourself: what DO you have? Why SHOULD people be attracted to you?

      It doesn’t have to be height or money or fame, but it’s got to be something.

  4. So status trumps height. Nothing we didn’t knew already. 🙂

    • Sometimes, yes. But that doesn’t explain why Cameron Diaz fell for Benji Madden after dating Justin Timberlake and Alex Rodriguez someone who has it all – money, status, etc.).

  5. Dennis B. says:

    I am 5’7″ and dated a 6′ tall woman for about 4 years. I am not rich or famous. There are obviously intangibles that play a role in attraction and interest. It was entertaining noticing the looks we’d get walking into places when we went out.

  6. Thomas Alan Martin says:

    What are we? hopefully adults.Being six feet doesn’t make someone anymore attractive than a beard and mustache and any woman or man for that matter who rejects someone based on height only,show their intelligence level which is pretty low.

  7. Thomas Alan Martin says:

    We are adults,being six feet or having someone taller doesn’t make anyone more attractive than a beard and a mustache.Rejecting someone purely on height show your intelligence which is pretty low.

  8. Most of those men aren’t short, five eight,five ten etc,just their girls are taller bit misleading

  9. Good stuff, Brock. Nice to see these lighthearted posts every once in a while. Of course there’s a majority of women out there who are just prejudice against shorter men. That’s out of our control. No worries. That’s their loss. I’ve noticed it’s a maturity thing as well. Some women, while in their early or late twenties wouldn’t have given a guy under 6 ft time of day, but once they hit a certain age, become more open to dating shorter because their priorities shift. Ultimately it’s all about conveying confidence in the way we walk, talk and dress. On teh dating apps, I always ask my matches why they swiped right and it’s always the same answers. Because I was dressed well and look like I have my life together. Or maybe they have asian fever, who knows!

  10. I'm Rick James Btch says:

    All bets are off when fame and money are involved. You can be hella old, bald, fat, AND short but as long as you are rich and/or famous you can pull in hot women. For the average man (short man) it’s a different story. I think the author of the story knows thus but it wouldn’t get written if it involved average men and women – all things considered women will always go for the tall guy. Yes there are exceptions where a woman will date a shorter man but it’s so rare and in all cases of which I’ve known – the guy has had money or came from a family that was rich or connected. Of course this is the Internet so you will always see comments from average short guys claiming that they routinely date super hot taller women – and you know it’s a load of crap (again unless they are rich or something).

  11. The vast majority of women prefer men who are taller than they are and not just an inch or so taller but several inches, that’s just a fact. Go to any date site and the filter most used is height. Also read the profiles and you’ll find many women state tallness as a desirable attribute. The men could have a head that looks like a Volkswagen with its doors open but if they stand 6 feet or more they stand a pretty decent chance – and certainly a better chance than shorties. That said, in my own life just about every woman I have ever dated has been either my height or noticeably taller. I’m pushing 5’4 and the woman I have had relationships with or just dated have all been anywhere from 5’6 to one woman who was 6′. I’ve never felt uneasy about this, but I do recall on a couple pf occasions the women did feel uncomfortable. I recall one said I made her feel ‘too big’ and what woman likes to feel ‘big’, most like to feel petite even if they are not, right? In the dating/mating game height is vital; it goes back to cavemen days. The bigger cavemen were seen as more capable of fighting off those saber-tooths and hauling back the meat. But you can override a lack of height by being confident and by being a gentleman.

  12. Hats off to BROCK… for the dedicated research. Things mentioned here … Really improved my self-esteem.

  13. Mike Brooks says:

    As a male 6’2″ and being with a beautiful woman who is
    6’4″ I don’t think of myself as a short guy just someone with a taller girlfriend.

  14. I am 5’9″ and I find shorter men very sexy. They just move better and are not gangly 😀

  15. Sabrina Wells says:

    I am a very tall woman 6’4″ and have always been attracted to men around 5’10” to 6’0″, if they are shorter
    it’s way to awkward and men who are taller then myself
    are flat out terrible in bed and more interested in pleasing themselves.

  16. I’m 5’11” and my husband is 5’8″ – we are definitely middle class and met at work. I had previously dated much shorter guys, as well as tall guys, in high school so it doesn’t matter to me. He has never had a problem with the height difference either because he’s very confident and assertive. I fell in love with his heart and personality, not his height. I’ve worn 3+ inch heels throughout the 21 years of our marriage and he laughs at the looks we get! I just try not to wear them if we’re taking pictures! 😁

  17. Mike Greene says:

    As a height challenged 5’4″ male, girls find my shortness cute, but let me know I am too damn short
    to date. I have the past many years had some financial success and now women who totally tower over me have no problem with my extreme shortness and seem
    to lavish in the life style provided even though in many
    cases I come below their boobs and find it a turn on as
    do I to bed these long legged beauties that have to slip their shoes off and lean and bend way down so our lips
    can meet and to see the faces on other people when this occurs is sometimes priceless. Male shortness plus a very large bankroll equals height.

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