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Taller men have prettier girlfriends, studies show

Posted October 19

There may actually be some truth to this. (Deseret Photo)

Men and women alike have long been fascinated by height, and when I say long, I mean always. We are talking since the beginning of time. It doesn’t matter what you believe in, we humans can’t just accept our height as just height. Short women want to be tall and tall women want to be short, while short men want to be tall and tall men want to be taller.

I am only 5’2” and I still don’t understand women’s obsession with being tall, but I think I have finally found the root of man’s desire to be tall. One study suggests how taller men have prettier girlfriends. You can’t believe everything you read on the internet, so I took it upon myself do a little more research.

The research

Turns out, there is no actual cause and effect relationship between men’s height and the attractiveness of their girlfriend. I know, you really wanted this to be true, but no need to despair. While no causal relationship can be found directly linking men’s height and the attractiveness of their better half, the two really are correlated. Studies have found undeniable proof that women like to feel small next to their husband, even while wearing 6 inch heels, which means women like a man who is taller than them. Standing next to a tall man makes us feel petite and protected. Men also like to feel big next to their girlfriend, which is why tall men continue to date short women.

This research supports the fact that women prefer tall men. Because women find tall men more attractive, taller men generally have more options and they choose the prettiest woman they can get. Let's straighten this all out; we know that women prefer tall men, so we all chase the tallest, most manly men and then those men get to pick the one woman they want from their crowd of admirers. No surprise, they pick the one they find most attractive. Bottom line, ladies: our preference lets the taller men have prettier girlfriends.

The exception

This is, of course, not true on every occasion. I’m sure we can all think of that one beautifully tall and attractive man that married someone nowhere near as attractive as himself; or that beautiful woman with a shorter man by her side. Sometimes it is just a weird fluke, but occasionally there is a reason for these apparent oddities.

Women are much more likely to take personality into account when choosing a mate and lots of time the short guys are the funny and nice guys too. The studies mentioned above also show that attraction grows with closeness and sometimes love blooms from relationships of geographic convenience. Confidence is also an attractive trait and so shorter men and women with an abundance of self-confidence will often appear taller to those around them.

Those same studies also found that some men are too tall. The most attractive height range for men is between 5’11” and 6’3”. Men that get into the “freakishly tall” stage find it harder to date “beautiful women”. Fortunately science backs up the claim that looks aren’t everything when choosing a partner. While tall men may have a leg up to start the race, they don’t always stay ahead of the game if they don't have a likeable personality.

The application

I hate to say it, but there really isn’t one. This information is nothing more than interesting, but it truly is that. If your man is tall, you should feel beautiful. Maybe you picked him for his height, but chances are that was just an added bonus once you fell in love. If your man is short, you should feel beautiful. He picked you and you picked him. You two fell in love and that was that. Height is genetic. It is only about the luck of the draw, so take a second and think about all the reasons why you love your spouse. His or her height probably didn’t even make the top 10 qualities of why you love them.

This research about beauty relating to height is a fun fact that I have definitely already shared with all my girl friends, but in the end love is a choice and you chose each other. So, make that list of reasons you love your partner, hold them close and never ever forget them.

Kelsey is a student at Brigham Young University studying to broaden her horizons through the written word. She loves the outdoors, family, car washes and punny witticisms.

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