Many people think of successful female stars as towering actresses and models but there are so many celebs under 5ft 3" who are killing it in the game. These are the Tinker Bells of showbiz - fun, fearless and fiery. It's the perfect combination for success and also men are going crazy for them.
Psychologist David Lewis, director of research at Mindlab International, told the Daily Mail that height has a huge effect on a woman’s character and that they are luckier in love. He explained, "The relationship between a woman’s height and her character is often overlooked and is perhaps more interesting than the more commonly cited 'Napoleon complex'. In evolutionary terms, small women are as favoured as tall men: females between 4ft 9in and 5ft 1in and men who are 6ft 1in or more are the most likely to marry and have children. Men, it has to be said, do like to be looked up to by their women."
These following stars men often fantasize about - having a smaller woman around stirs up visions of the head on a chest, being able to pick them up and spin them around and just the overall cuteness of their look. These ladies might be tiny - but they sure do have men chasing after them big time.
20 Mila Kunis (5ft 4") Is A Fantasy For Most Guys
Mila Kunis has gone from being a cast member on That 70s Show to a Hollywood actress and one of the hottest women in the world. Her role in Black Swan won her nominations for the SAG Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. Not to mention she also bagged Ashton Kutcher who is now her husband and father of her two children.
She's also small but people believe she's actually smaller and doesn't believe her height. She told Esquire magazine, "Yes, I look like Japanimation. I'm aware of that. My friends call me Hobbit. I come across as shorter than I am. People will say, 'You're not five foot four. And I'll say, 'People, I know my height.' I'm constantly winning bets. Hundreds of dollars."
19 Ariana Grande (5ft 3") Is Most Guys' Dream Girl
Ariana Grande might be short but she does have a few tricks to make her look taller than her height of 5ft 3". Of course she never leaves the house without her stilettos but she also loves a short dress, or one with a thigh high slit, to make her legs look longer. Her signature ponytail and long hair also helps to drive the attention upward.
In 2015, she posted an essay to Twitter knocking the double standards in the showbiz industry. She raged, "If a woman even TALKS about (her love life) openly, she is shamed! But if a man talks or RAPS freely about all the women he’s had he is regaled." The Dangerous Woman singer certainly doesn't put up with much as she's considered one of the hardest-working pop divas there is.
18 Zoe Kravitz (5ft 2") Is Rock Star Royalty
Zoe Kravitz, the daughter of rock star Lenny Kravitz, first became a fan favorite when she played Angel in X-Men: First Class. Although she did almost flunk her audition because she had a hangover, she told MTV, "I got the call (for the audition) at the last minute and I'd gone out the night before and I was hungover and tired and not the prepared person that I usually am."
She added, "I was totally not being a sexy X-Men character. They called back and said, 'Matthew really responded to your tape, but can you come back and maybe wear something a little more sexy?' I didn't know until later the character was a go-go dancer." It's a good job she wowed the second time around as she is now a sought-after actress who won a lot of praise for her role in the critically acclaimed series Big Little Lies.
17 Emma Roberts (5ft 1") Has A Feisty Side Too
Emma Roberts once had a serious complex about her height but now she's learned to embrace it. She told SHAPE magazine, "I used to have a complex about being short. Now I love that I’m 5’ 2". I’m strong, and that feels really good to me." Adding, "I believe we are all innately confident, we lose touch with ourselves and let other people’s opinions and thoughts get louder than our own."
Since 2013, she has been dating her American Horror Story co-star Evan Peters on and off and according to the most recent reports they are both engaged - again. A few years ago the couple had such an explosive row that it led to her arrest but they certainly seem to have patched things up between them for now.
16 Kourtney Kardashian (5ft 0") Might Be The Hottest Sister
Kourtney Kardashian might very well be climbing the ranks as the hottest Kardashian-Jenner sister. If a guy is interested in dating the petite reality star then they will have a very good chance if he looks like Leonardo Di Caprio. She confessed to Ellen DeGeneres, "My first celebrity crush was Leonardo DiCaprio. I used to write 'Kourtney DiCaprio' on all my papers in class!"
She also revealed the parts of her body she loves the most, revealing, "I would say this part (pointing to her booty). My legs are pretty good too." To keep in shape she does 200 squats a day - seriously! She revealed to Insider, "I did 200 chair squats to help keep my hamstrings, glutes, and quads toned. Just pretend you are about to sit on a chair and pop up into a standing position while engaging your core." If it works for her then we might as well give it a try too.
15 Natalie Portman (5ft 3") Has Real Classic Beauty
Natalie Portman hasn't had any set back when it comes to her career as she benefited from being small revealing that she was cast in the Thor movie because she was just 5ft 3". She told US Weekly, "I was mainly cast in the role because I can make anyone look huge when they stand next to me. I’m extraordinarily short. They usually had a ramp for me to walk up so I could land somewhere near his Chris' face."
The bad news for her potential love interests is that she's already taken. In 2010, she met her husband Benjamin Millepied when he choreographed her routines in the dark drama Black Swan and they married in a Jewish ceremony two years later. They are now the proud parents of two children Aleph and Amalia.
14 Mary-Kate Olsen (5ft 1") Is The Ultimate America's Sweetheart
Mary-Kate Olsen might be tiny at just 5ft 1" but she has had a huge career. She is sixteen years younger than her husband, 42-year-old Olivier Sarkozy, and almost a foot smaller than him too. Despite their differences (and criticism about their age difference), the pair has enjoyed married life for two years now and behind closed doors she leads a very normal life.
During an interview with The Edit, she revealed, "I have a husband, two step-kids and a life; I have to go home and cook dinner. I ride horses on the weekends. You find the thing that helps you relax and if you don't have it, you have to look for it. Or you get burned out and then you're not productive."
13 Kristen Bell (5ft 1") Makes Up For Height In The Humor Department
Hot and in-demand actress Kristen Bell hasn't always walked with so much confidence, she confessed to Brydie, "I wore so much more makeup in my twenties. I’m not sure why, maybe I was overcompensating for insecurities? Now I like being fresh-faced on my days off.” The 5ft 1" star also joked that her “ferret-like eyes” always embarrassed her although nowadays she has less hang-ups.
The Veronica Mars star launched a kickstarter campaign to give fans a feature length film of the cult TV show and managed to $5.7 million. She revealed, "I knew we’d raise the money we needed. But I never thought we would raise it that fast." Proving she's still as popular with fans since it first premiered in 2004.
12 Lucy Lui (5ft 1") Is Every Guy's Dream Angel
Charlie's Angels and Kill Bill star Lucy Liu isn't tired of questions about her height but she is exhausted hearing questions about her heritage. During a press conference when she was asked about the problem of whitewashing in Hollywood, she replied, "That obviously is a hot topic. It’s hard because often times I’m asked not how I feel or how I pride myself as an artist but how I feel as an Asian artist."
She added, "there’s always some sort of a hangman before the actual thing. That disturbs me a bit. It’s never about the art itself, it’s about the adjective. I’m playing the main act of what’s happening.” In 2015, she announced the birth of her son that was born via a surrogate but she has never revealed the identity of the father.
11 Eva Longoria (5ft 1") Is A Red Hot Siren
Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria said she felt "seriously short" when she posed alongside fellow models Doutzen Kroes, Cindy Bruna, Lara Stone and Irina Shayk at the Cannes Film Festival for Balmain. At just 5ft 1" she couldn't help but notice the startlingly difference between them all - even in her signature towering stilettos.
She captioned an Instagram shot of them all: "Just us models. Wore 5 inch heels and still couldn't keep up." She also revealed that she enjoys being small, explaining, "I like being small - I’ve known so many women with big boobs who feel overweight or end up with back problems. I just came into my own at 30. I don't think it's something you can deeply experience at 18 or any time before that."
10 Shakira (5ft 1") Is A Real Latino Goddess
Shakira's belly-dancing and hip-gyrating can distract a lot from the fact that she is tiny - standing at 5ft 1". When it comes to her videos and photo shoots she always looks incredible and that is exactly how she loves to feel. So far it's all paid off as she has had an incredible music career and is a guest judge on The Voice.
She told The Independent, "I don’t think that I put myself in any situation in which I am objectified. But I do take advantage of, you know, feeling sensual and feeling sexy. And I think that is tremendously empowering and is not diminishing in any way. I fell that any woman who is in control, who is in touch with her femininity and sensuality, is a woman that is empowered. Is a woman who is comfortable in her own skin. Which is so important as well." Right on, Shakira.
9 Men Go Wild For Kim Kardashian's (5ft 2") Curves
Kim Kardashian is a busy mother of two (soon to be three), reality television star, makeup guru and fashion designer. The trick to keeping her curves in check is every morning she is awake and working out although she knows she's far from perfect. Speaking with Shape magazine, she revealed, "I have cellulite, just like almost every other woman on the planet. And just because I feel secure with my body doesn't mean I think cellulite is cute! It will always be an issue for me. So let's just say it's a work in progress!"
She has now switched her diet of cheese enchiladas and burgers for chicken salads and turkey burgers (without the bun) and revealed she "wouldn't dream" of feasting on any junk food. With such an enviable shape it's clearly working.
8 Jessica Simpson (5ft 2") Has Still Got It Going On
Jessica Simpson faced a huge backlash when she posted a suggestive selfie to Instagram where she could be seen in green lingerie. Fans were quick to write their nasty comments, one said, "Glad your husband allows you to show your t*** all over the Internet." And another added, "You are better than this. Cover up and be beautiful."
The tiny former reality star won't care too much about the hate as she is currently killing it in the business game with her mighty fashion empire. She launched one of the most successful celebrity brands of all time, which brings home around $1 billion in annual sales. Not bad for a former reality star who didn't know if 'Chicken of the Sea' was chicken or tuna.
7 Most Men Would Love A Date Night With Vanessa Hudgens (5ft 1")
5ft 1" actress Vanessa Hudgens is most guys' fantasy woman. Fans who want to get a glimpse at the tiny star getting hot on screen in the future have no chance as she's sworn never to do intimate scenes again. She had to perform an adult scene with James Franco in Spring Breakers and she revealed, "It was very nerve-racking for me. I told my agent that I never want to do it ever again."
She was involved in a huge iCloud hack that leaked very private and intimate pictures of her online. Talking about the horrific moment, she said, "The most embarrassing thing is talking to the lawyers and attorneys about it but, whatever, you deal." She and the others stars involved will be pleased to know that the man responsible will now sit behind bars for a very long time.
6 Serayah (5ft 3") Is The Real Star of Empire
Empire was a huge ratings hit and put actress Serayah McNeill on the map. Talking with Black Enterprise online, she spoke about how lucky she was to land such a huge big break. She said, "It’s something that I never thought would be for my first project. It’s overwhelming, but in a good way. I love working with them, and I get so much insight and pointers and tips from them on set."
Before Empire came along, the petite 5ft 3" star was making her money doing modeling jobs. She added, "It’s a really good feeling to see us all and the show doing so good. We knew it was going to be good, but I don’t think anyone anticipated it being the number one show.
5 Isla Fisher (5ft 2") Knows Sacha Baron Cohen Is One Lucky Man
Scottish-Australian actress Isla Fisher is just 5ft 2" compared to her husband, Borat actor Sacha Baron Cohen, who stands at 6ft 2". Their size difference between the two makes her look like a "circus freak", she joked. The pair first met at a party in Sydney way back in 2002 and married two years later.
It's fair to say that their life together is never boring, as she revealed to the Express that she is often left embarrassed by her husband's antics. The Now You See Me actress said, "He’s a disaster. Who goes to the Golden Globes, marches up to Cate Blanchett and says, ‘Hi, nice to meet you, what do you do for a living?’ I’m literally running away as fast as I can."
4 Anna Sophia Robb (5ft 0") Is The Perfect Beach Blonde
Anna Sophia Robb is a successful actress with a figure to die for but she just can't find herself a date as she told Teen Vogue she "never gets hit on." She revealed, "Everyone always says that guys are intimidated by me, but I seriously doubt it. I mean, I'm five-foot-nothing!"
The Carrie Diaries actress took on the role of Carrie Bradshaw for the Sex and the City spin-off show and the wardrobe department had to fit her with padded shoes. She told The Independent, "My feet are ridiculously tiny. I'm practically still in a child's-size shoe. I'm just a little bit too small for adult shoes so we have to pad my shoes when I play Carrie. It's terrible. I need to buy shoes in Asia!" That's just too cute.
3 Anna Kendrick (5ft 1") Is The Unusual Choice
Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick was so conscious about being tiny when she was younger that she completely avoided wearing heels at all. She told Glamour, "When I was younger I specifically wouldn't wear heels because even in heels I'm still not tall. You know the way you get yourself worked up when you're a kid? I had this crazy idea that if I wore them people would notice and say, 'You're not even tall in heels!'"
"I committed to flip-flops and sneakers because I was like, 'I'm short and that's just what it is, and I don't want to try and correct something.'" Now she's not afraid to rock any kind of dress on a special occasion as she added, "If I'm getting dressed up, I want to have legs."
2 Hayden Panettiere (5ft 0") Has Always Been A Fan Favourite
Standing at only 5ft tall is not a setback for Nashville star Hayden Panettiere as she told US Weekly, "I love being my height and size, and representing a normal girl and a different body type." There is a huge difference between her and former heavyweight champion, Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko, as he is 6ft 6ins and also 14 years her senior.
They might be an unlikely couple but the two are madly in love and have a young daughter together. The former Heroes actress told an Australian news station, "I’ve known him since I was 19 years old and I have been going to fights and fights and fights with him. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I get anxious but I somehow convince myself that after I see the first round I tend to calm down. But I trust him, I have faith in him, he is a big boy and he can take care of himself."
1 Kylie Minogue (4ft 9") Is An Old School Crush For Many
Kylie Minogue is such a tiny pop star at just 4ft 9" that when she shot her cameo for the film 20,000 Days On Earth she had to sit in a car booster seat. The secret was revealed by a director named Claire Binns who said, "The thing I can give away about the film that I was told by the director was there’s a scene where Kylie Minogue in the car with Nick Cave driving and I was told she is so small she had to sit on a baby seat.
She added, "When you watch the film you can imagine her sitting on a baby seat in order to raise her up sufficiently for the camera to catch her." It's no secret that Kylie is tiny but even she will be left red-faced knowing this leaked to the press.
Sources: dailymail.co.uk, thesun.co.uk, mirror.co.uk