As the old saying goes, "love is blind." This could not ring more true than for a Hollywood starlet or a supermodel who chooses her man based on something other than looks. For women, it takes more than just a handsome face to win us over, it takes wit, charm, chivalry and of course...swagger. Our attraction to men is emotional and mental with all the physical characteristics being put on the back-burner. So, really, it's no wonder why these beautiful women chose to marry dudes who may not be Channing Tatum level type of hot, but have something going on underneath a rougher exterior.
In Hollywood culture, it seems that every good looking actor is bombarded by beautiful women throwing themselves at them. No matter how beautiful and famous of a female celebrity you are, it almost feels as if you will always be looking over your shoulder. Whether it be an attractive co-star or fangirl, you will always be wondering if you will be replaced in the back of your head. Thus, it is a wise decision to marry a guy at least slightly below your league. Here is a list of drop-dead gorgeous women who married below their league.
15 Mary Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy
Mary Kate Olsen married banker Olivier Sarkozy in 2015 in an intimate Manhattan ceremony after three years of dating. He is a whopping seventeen years her senior and already has two kids from his previous marriage to Charlotte Bernard. Olivier is the brother of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and comes from a prestigious background. Since the Olsen twins were multi-millionaires by the time they were preteens, it only makes sense that one of them would marry a dude that also comes from wealth. The couple live happily ever after in a $6.25 million townhouse in New York City where the actress-turned-fashion designer is now a stepmom to his daughters. It's hard to believe that little Michelle Tanner would become a stepmom/trophy wife, but life is unpredictable like that.
14 Adriana Lima and Marko Jaric
Though Adriana Lima and Marko Jaric have recently split after five years of marriage (the press has failed to find out why), they share two daughters together. Adriana Lima was known as the Virgin Supermodel and because of her catholic beliefs, she saved her self until the age of 27 for marriage. Marko Jaric is a former Serbian basketball player as the shooting guard for the Yugoslavian national team. The two met in 2006 at a party in Los Angeles and got engaged two years later, marrying on Valentine's Day in 2009 in a private civil ceremony in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. One would expect one of the most beautiful women in the world to marry a handsome stud, but Adriana Lima has proved herself not to be superficial. The two have agreed to co-parent and ended their marriage in a civil manner.
13 Heidi Klum and Seal
Heidi Klum and Seal's love story is about as adorable as they come. When Heidi was pregnant with her first daughter and the baby daddy was out of the picture, her long time friend Seal was there every step of the way for support. After adopting her first daughter as his own, they went on to have three children together. They were together from 2002-2012 and were married in 2009 at a ceremony in Malibu, California. Though Seal has a charming British accent and he has that whole rock star thing going for him, he looks like he hit the jackpot standing next to Heidi Klum. After much speculation as to why the couple split, TMZ reported that Seal had an uncontrollable anger which made Heidi fearful for her children. There was no infidelity, but she did grow sick of his hard-partying ways.
12 Rosie Huntington-Whitley and Jason Statham
Jason Statham is definitely not unattractive in any sense of the word. He has that rugged, badass thing going for him. However, he is married to a Victoria's Secret model who is nearly 20 years his junior. Rosie Huntington-Whitley is a stunner and is at least a good two inches taller than him. The happy couple have recently welcomed their first baby boy this year after one year of marriage and si years of dating. They met on the set of Transformers back in 2010 and have been inseparable since then. It looks like it a trend where these Victoria's Secret beauties seem to be getting sick of their pretty boy counterparts and opting for more mature, distinguished gentleman. It seems like a smart move on her end because older men know how to treat women better, it comes with experience.
11 Christina Hendricks and Geoffrey Arend
Christina Hendricks is known as that firey, buxom redhead on the series Mad Men and Geoffrey Arend is the funny dude that often plays the sidekick of the hotter dude playing the lead role. On the contrary, it was Hendricks who first freaked her future husband out when they first met. She and Arend met back in 2007 when they were introduced by her Mad Men costar, Vincent Kartheiser where she found herself immediately drawn to him. In an interview with the UK version of Cosmopolitan she admitted: Geoffrey walked in and I was like, ‘Who is this guy?’ He had amazing hair and was all disheveled - he was running late and everyone was waiting for him. He just came in with this very high energy." Later, she cracked a joke on their first date blurting out "you make me want to have a family." Looks like that pickup line worked wonders.
10 Katy Perry and Russell Brand
Though Katy Perry and Russell Brand have been old news for a long time since their split, their relationship will go down in history as the couple that we wished could have made it. On the surface, she is a pin-up girl beauty where he is that shaggy but edgy funny man that we secretly have a crush on. Russell Brand has gone on the record to say not exactly the nicest things about his ex-wife but does give her credit where credit is due while mocking the marriage at the same time. He recalled of the relationship: "Katy was obviously very, very occupied and very busy. I was very occupied and very busy—not to the same degree, I recognize." Sounds like a relationship filled with passion, which has nothing to do with looks.
9 Elisabetta Gregoraci and Flavio Briatore
There is just something about those Italian men that make us want to not even care about how old or out of shape they are. These men are just smooth with their accents and "take what they want when they want" attitude. Flavio Briatore is not only married to other fellow Italian and gorgeous supermodel Elisabetta Gregoraci, but he is the baby daddy of Heidi Klum's first child. Yes, you heard that right. This man is like the Jack Nicholson of Italians as he goes through supermodels even though he is clearly not much to look at. The Italian businessman is a whopping thirty years older than his wife (he is 67 and she is 37). They have a seven-year-old son, Falco. Imagine being a dude and having a kid when you are sixty. That's old enough to be the kid's grandfather.
8 Beth Ostrosky and Howard Stern
The controversial yet hilarious radio jockey Howard Stern has had a long-standing career hosting a show where he talks about the most outrageous subjects that make his celebrity guests uncomfortable. His dry and sick sense of humor have a polarizing effect that either make you love him or hate him. This must have captivated the attention of the beautiful Beth Ostrosky (now Stern) because she married him in a ceremony in Manhattan. This was the first marriage for Ostrosky and the second one for Stern. He was previously married to first wife, Alison Berns who he has three daughters with. Beth looks like one the many Playboy playmate-looking women that he typically has on his show. Her Instagram account is pretty bizarre as it only has pictures of their many cats, and not many pretty selfies. A girl has got to have priorities.
7 Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy
It's always so refreshing and heartwarming to see an actual Hollywood couple whose marriage has managed to withstand the test of time. Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy have been married for over 20 years and counting. This is a more age appropriate couple that doesn't have a huge gap in between them. In an interview with US Weekly, Macy was asked the "secret" to making a marriage last for as long as it has. “What’s the secret? I don’t think there is a secret,” he admitted to Us. “But mostly I’m lucky. I met her, she said yes, we grew up in the theater together, we have shared interests, and she’s a good woman to her core and evolving always. And no one has ever seen me the way she sees me.”
6 Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman
Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman got married in 2003 after 10 years of dating. They met at the University of Pennsylvania and immediately hit it off. Throughout their marriage, they have gone on to work together on each of the Pitch Perfect movie series making them one of Hollywood's power couples. Both Elizabeth Banks and her husband own Brownstone Productions together. From what started as a college fling to a marital bliss, these two have set a perfect example of what a Hollywood marriage (or any marriage for that matter) should look like. “Really, what happened was I’ve never met anyone that I liked more,” she told Allure. “In the early years, did I have crushes or little interests here and there? I know my husband did, and so did I, but we stayed together.”
5 Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen
Isla Fisher is one of those 40-something year old women who still looks like she is in her '20s with an eternally youthful appearance. Sacha Baron Cohen is a comedian-actor who is known for taking on outlandish roles that continue to push boundaries as to what is politically correct or not. She has admitted that his multiple characters and alter egos have found their way into their personal life. They have been married for 7 years and together for 15 years which is another relationship with outstanding longevity. With banned films in many countries, she just kind of has to role with the punches and accept the fact that her husband will never give her that conventional life that some of us dream about. But hey, at least there is never a dull moment in their house.
4 Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault
When you look at pictures of Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault together, you would think that they have a sugar daddy/sugar baby relationship if you didn't know that Salma is rich and famous in her own right. Pinault is a French billionaire who is the CEO of luxury conglomerate Kering. Kering's impressive portfolio includes Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Balenciaga, and Alexander McQueen. She admitted in an interview that she was surprised that she was able to land him and not the other way around. She told Us Magazine: "I was surrounded by fashionistas who made fun of me because I didn’t care," Hayek said. "And when I started going out with François, they said, ‘How did you of all people land this guy? You don’t care about fashion.’ And I said, ‘You know what? That was probably refreshing.'"
3 Brooke Shields and Chris Henchy
This is yet another prime example of a beautiful actress getting married to a producer. It makes total sense because producers are the ones with all the connections to get you potential gigs (only half-joking there, kind of). Brooke Shields and Chris Henchy have been married for 16 years and have two daughters together. This is Brooke Shield's second marriage and was previously married to tennis star Andre Agassi from 1997-1999. Looks like the second time is the charm for her because she has managed to make this marriage last for a long time. In 2001, they got married in a surprise ceremony telling their guests that it was really a dinner party. Though she stuns standing next to him, there is no way you can deny that kind of romance and happiness.
2 Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovett
Unlike most of the happily ever afters on this list, this marriage was a peculiar one that was so short-lived that it was just a blip on the radar. The brief two-year marriage with the country star was so strange that looking at the wedding pictures made it seem so surreal. She was the pretty woman with hair like Rita Hayworth and he was a funny looking man with hair like a haystack. She was 25 at the time and he was 35 when they got married in 1993, but the press didn't really make them out to be a model pair. There were headlines that read "Beauty and the Beast." They reportedly just met three weeks before exchanging vows. This is a perfect example of why you shouldn't marry someone that you barely know.
1 Marisa Miller and Griffin Guess
Last but not least, we have yet another Victoria's Secret model who chose a cute but sort of average looking guy. Not read this wrong, Griffin Guess is probably one of the most attractive guys on this list, but still not someone that you would expect to bag a VS angel who has also posed for Sports Illustrated. Marisa Miller and Griffin Guess have been married since 2006. There is a funny story as to how they met. “I had made a bet on the Super Bowl with Miranda Kerr,” recalls Miller, “I took the Seahawks and the points, she had the Steelers, and the loser had to marry the biggest douche bag we saw that night. Shortly after Pittsburgh won the game 21-10, I saw Griffin. Right away I knew he was the one.”
Source: TMZ, Daily Mail UK, US Weekly, InStyle, Allure