The British model towered over her stocky partner, but both were all smiles for the camera and each other.Relationship experts say that though height can be an important and noticeable element in a relationship, there are many other important traits that people look for in their partners and height rarely makes or breaks a relationship.Associate Professor of Psychology at the Singapore Management University Norman Li agrees that while "height mattered in ancestral times, where women were in greater danger of being attacked by animals and men...these threats aren't common anymore, so height doesn't really provide the kind of benefits it used to." He adds: "When it comes to relationships, other important traits such as physical attractiveness, intelligence, confidence and kindness clearly come into play." Ms Violet Lim, chief executive officer of dating company Lunch Actually Group, says: "A person's height has nothing to do with how happy you will be as a couple." She says: "If you have found your soul mate, does it make sense to let this person go just because they are too tall or short and go with someone who's of your ideal height but is less compatible? If I have an issue I cannot resolve, I talk to him and he gives me a different perspective.Ms Phan says that although she noticed the height difference - he is 165cm, while she is 174cm tall - it did not bother her."It was something obvious of course, but I didn't really think twice about it.Especially in those early teen years when sex and romance have a large presence in girls’ imaginations but they’re not quite yet operating with the advantage of full, adult, critical thinking skills.In order to feel desirable, in order to feel not embarrassed by their size, they often get hung up on finding a man taller than them, and, as you might imagine, it’s a very small pool of candidates when you’ve broken 6 ft.
Even among celebrities - where visuals play a part in image-crafting - a woman towering over her male counterpart has become fairly common.
Celebrity couples such as actress Tina Fey and composer Jeff Richmond, Hong Kong actor Simon Yam and model Sophia Kao and English singer Jamie Cullum and model Sophie Dahl are just some famous pairs who ignore height conventions.
English action star Jason Statham and model Rosie Huntington- Whiteley were seen last month on the red carpet premiere of The Fate Of The Furious.
Art director Laurent Pastorelli, 38, looks up to his wife - in more ways than one.
Despite Mr Pastorelli being 9cm shorter than his wife, Ms Karen Phan, 40, a photography producer, the couple have never let their height difference get in the way of their relationship.