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.
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') w/ Deryck Whibley (5'5")Photo by Jean_Nelson / Depositphotos.com
Clare Grant (5'7") w/ Seth Green (5'5")Photo by s_bukley / Depositphotos.com
Rhea Durham (5'9") w/ Mark Wahlberg (5'8")w/ Seth Green (5'5")
Carla Bruni (5'9") w/ Nicolas Sarkozy (5'6")Photo by everett225 / Depositphotos.com
Katie Holmes (5'9") w/ Tom Cruise (5'7")Photo by s_bukley / Depositphotos.com
Liv Tyler (5'10")Photo by everett225 / Depositphotos.com
Alessandra Ambrosio (5'10")Photo by fashionstock / Depositphotos.com
Nicole Kidman (5'11") w/ Tom Cruise (5'7")Photo by s_bukley / Depositphotos.com
Erin Darke (5'7") w/ Daniel Radcliffe (5'5")Photo by everett225 / Depositphotos.com
Sophie Dahl (6') w/ Jamie Cullum (5'5")Photo by everett225 / Depositphotos.com
Cameron Diaz (5'9") w/ and Benji Madden (5'6")Photo by s_bukley / Depositphotos.com
Charlize Theron (5'10") w/ Sean Penn (5'8")Photo by s_bukley / Depositphotos.com
Tina Fey (5'5")Photo by everett225 / Depositphotos.com
Stacy Keibler (5'11") w/ George Clooney (5'10")Photo by s_bukley / Depositphotos.com
Uma Thurman (5'11") w/ Ethan Hawke (5'10")Photo by everett225 / Depositphotos.com
#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:
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.
Thoughts? Leave a comment below!
All my ex-gfs were taller than me. I have no problem at all. Tall girls are easier to date since they are more available lol. My wife is now a bit taller not a whole lot only because I want a more harmonious look.
Marty Baffour says
I never had a girlfriend or dated anyone because of my height and/or looks and I’m 40 . I thought that woman prefer guy over 6 feet and money and good looks. So I felt insecure about that . I don`t date because of that. I’m 5’5″.
Yes women prefer all of that but what matters is the the character of the man. Is he he good humored, kind, gentle, funny, resilient, driven,intelligent, assertive. These Trump everything else.
Am a model 5’6 and my boyfriend is 5’2 I love his heart height shouldn’t stop you from finding happineness
Andrea Berumen says
I applaud the woman that dont care about there partners height. I only dated one guy shorter than me (5’8), and it bother me a lot. I was always very self conscious, and I wouldn’t dare to wear my heels. I stand at 5’10, and Im Mexican. So good luck on finding a partner within my culture. The struggle is real. 🤦♀️
Well sounds like you have some personal issues to address if you are going to let height get in the way of what really matters you are subjecting your self to low vibrational existence rise above the thinking of things are supposed to look like…..
Elijah Milligan says
Royston Langston was the lead singer of spacehog. A fantastic band that unfortunately split up early. Don’t say “some guy” when that some guy has a ten times more popular band than you’ll ever have. Not to mention that you openly said your research was garbage. Fuck you.
Who are you talking to?
Sean Kelly says
As a reasonably tall guy 6’2” with an eye for taller beautiful women, I seriously reject the idea that I have
a fetish or I am creepy since I want to be with a taller woman. I was recently in a relationship with a beautiful woman who was 6’6” and would carry a pair of flats in
her purse and even though she looked more fabulous in heels would complain her feet hurt as an excuse because she really wanted me to be taller than her and just let that get the best of her and eventually broke us up and I was seriously in love with this woman and embraced this statuesque woman who towered over me and was the love of my life and couldn’t believe
her ending our relationship over this superficial reason.
Cathy Roosa says
It comes down to 1 thing.
WHY are you with this person?
To get your picture taken together? OR
Is he your best friend?
But what do I know, I’m just a 6ft tall woman. ??♀️
Henry Cejudo says
Adam Phohlo says
What people should know is that: You dont choose who to love but, but love chooses who you love, irrespectable of qualities you have for who you must love.
Ronda Angelo says
I love this, love chooses you.. I just met a handsome, smart, funny and caring shorter man.. I’m about 2 inches taller and well oh well..lol
James Slate says
This article just begs the question for Brock. Is you wife taller than you are? I always think it’s a sign of stubborn machismo when I see a short man with an even shorter woman.
No, she’s a couple inches shorter than me.
Lesley Powell says
I’m 5ft 8 and have been dating a man who said he was 5ft 7 only last week we both stood flat foot in front of a mirror and I’m at least 3 inches taller than him, we both stood there laughing .. I felt like a gangly giant and he felt like a real short arse , he’s funny , fit and absolutely gorgeous, he’s not rich or famous and I’m not a leading lady , I know it’s a cliche but personality wins every time , I did have a hang up about it to begin with , because I’ve never dated someone shorter … but now I really don’t care, you only live once whatever your size …
Henry Cejudo says
So awesome view!
Roger Lampert says
My wife is as well taller than. I’m 5.7 and she is 5.8. I had women with 6.1. OK, I’m more than average regarding self confidence like James Bond .
Peter K says
I’m average height (5″8″) and my wife is 6’3″. The height difference is very noticeable and we do get looks but we hardly notice them anymore.
A lot of guys were intimidated by her height and wouldn’t ask her out. After I got to know her I asked her out. One bad first date, a great second date and I was hooked.
And that’s one of the things that she liked about me – I looked beyond the height difference and asked her out.
Forget about the height and focus on the girl.
My husband and I have been together for 18 years since I was 16. I’m 5’6″ and he’s 5’3″. He’s an amazing man and father to our 2 children. He’s funny, smart, and sexy as hell in well flitted clothes (hence why I’m here ). Makes me sad to see these guys making comments about the only short guys that get tall women are the rich and successful. Confidence will take you a long way and the women that only want tall guys are not the kind of women you want to be with. ?
Grady Burke says
As a male 6’1” I never thought of myself as short even though i have always been drawn to tall women like 5’10” to 6’0” and with heels it was like maybe a couple
of inches taller and still very comfortable. I have recently become involved with a beautiful woman who is 6’7” and insists upon wearing hi heels and in plain English just dwarfs me and I dread when we have to meet other couples and she refuses to wear flats and tells me about all the famous people where the women tower over their men and I should get over it and embrace the fact that she is taller and another 4” shouldn’t be that big a deal, it isn’t to her.
Mike Green says
Ok I am a short guy 5’4” and because of something out of my control I should be embarrassed or be insecure because a beautiful woman was blessed with height that I wasn’t and then mocks my small stature. I find
these women to be very shallow and for the ones who can get past the height difference, they find the most satisfying sexual experience of their life.
Jessica Burke says
I have always had a serious conflict, my addiction to wearing hi heels and being with shorter goodlooking men. I find Latino men have no problem with my 6’4” stature and add another 4”and in many cases they come up to my waistline, however in bed it’s a total different story. I don’t care what it looks like or the stares or comments as the rewards in the bedroom is more than worth it.
Tearahni Seahna Ahmed says
Nancy Miller says
I made a New Years Resolution, as a tall 6’3” women with a hi heel shoe fetish and refusing to date anyone who was not at least my height bare feet and the other night i went out with a goodlooking guy maybe like 5’9”
and I wore heels and we looked ridiculous I know, however we had a great time and he just texted to do it again. I will.
Thanks for this. In a relationship with a handsome as f!$k 2″ shorter and 18 years younger bf…. Did I mention he’s hot?!? We are just enjoying life and each other. And we are bi-racial….giving the world something to talk about!!!
Am in the state of dilemma.
My fiance is 5.5 while am 5.6 am really afraid. Although I love him. But scared. My kids, I pray they will be talk at least taller than me.
Reena bansal says
I m also 5’6 and my hubby 5’5
My wife is 4inches taller than me and wears 7inch heels at home to humiliate me
Patrick Howard says
I don’t know who is kidding who, as short man 5’4″ my
extreme shortness has made me very uneasy around
taller women and it seems all women are taller and
so many just totally tower over me. i just meet a very tall woman who is 6’2″ and she can’t decide if she should wear hi heels or flats, what difference does it make, either way I can’t reach her lips and below her boobs and she has a problem?
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.
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! ?
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.
Johnathan Jester says
Sabrina shabina im calling BS on this your one of these 5FT10 college girls who wears her 6 inch stillettos around town be whatever you want behind the computer screen knowbody is going to care even if you pretend to be a millionare
I am 5’9″ and I find shorter men very sexy. They just move better and are not gangly ?
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.
Siddhant Telang says
Hats off to BROCK… for the dedicated research. Things mentioned here … Really improved my self-esteem.
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.
Henry Cejudo says
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).
Khoi N. (@lifeaskhoi) says
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!
Most of those men aren’t short, five eight,five ten etc,just their girls are taller bit misleading
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
There is still hope for me. Lol :p
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
Will Squires says
I’m 5’6″. My first wife was 5’8″, and my last (current) wife is 5’7″. Not much of a difference until she puts on heels. Ladies, there is no truth to the rumor that height is an indicator of how big a man’s ….ego is.