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.National University of Singapore undergraduates Mark Lai, 23, and Triscilla Tan, 21, have been dating for eight months and she is 4cm taller than he is.Mr Lai, who is 173cm tall, says he has never discounted being with taller women."Our cabs arrived at the same time and I opened the door for her.
Ms Tan says being restricted to dating taller men would be difficult for her as, at 177cm, she is taller than the average Singaporean woman.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.It just so happens tall guys are a specific type that women like.But that also means you shouldn’t determine who you date based on a single feature.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."I'm okay as long as the difference is not too drastic." Miss Wu You, 22, and Mr Lenard Ong, 24, both Singaporean undergraduates studying in Oxford University, also say they are fine with the 4cm height difference.Mr Ong says: "In the past, I was even congratulated for having the confidence to date a taller girl, as some people might feel emasculated." Ms Wu says that though having a taller husband or boyfriend may give girls a better sense of security, the validity of this "is highly debatable and subjective"." Ms Phan says that rather than the height, it was their personality differences that attracted her to her husband. I think he fills in the gaps for me personality-wise and makes me a more balanced person." Mr Pastorelli agrees and adds that they are completely comfortable with each other's stature. I can hold her waist and her arm fits just right around my shoulders.You know when you fall asleep with someone, it is not always easy to do so in each other's arms.The couple, who have an 11-month-old daughter, Emma, met at a mutual friend's party in 2012.Mr Pastorelli, who is French, says he was attracted to her instantly."She looks great when she wears heels and a long dress. It is not just regular couples who are defying height stereotypes.