Short Kings still reign supreme! New PM Rishi Sunak is just one of the many men of a smaller stature having a moment – from Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa to Zac Efron
- Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa and PM Rishi Sunak are wowing social media users
- Online viral trend has seen women going wild for men of a smaller stature
- Playful hashtag #ShortKing has over 340 million views on TikTok
- Stars under 5 foot 8 inches include Zac Efron, Daniel Radcliffe and Ed Sheeran
- Users obsessing over shorter guys, pointing to Tom Holland and Joe Jonas
While the term ‘short king’ has been used online since 2018, it has grown increasingly popular on TikTok this year – with the hashtag #shortking reaching over 340 million views on the platform.
In recent days, Ncuti, who is 5ft 8in, made his Doctor Who debut as the new Time Lord, while Rishi, 5ft 6in, became Britain’s new Prime Minister.
Many social media users were quick to share their excitement over the trend, with one commenting: ‘Rishi Sunak really showing 2022 is the year for Short Kings.’
Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa and new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak are among the celebrities sending social media users wild as they celebrate the stars as ‘Short Kings’ (pictured, Rishi who is 5ft 6in)
In recent days, Ncuti, who is 5ft 8in, made his Doctor Who debut as the new Time Lord, (left) while snaps from the Iron Claw set of Zac Efron, who is 5ft 8in, also impressed many online (right)
And the trend is not just limited to British politicians, with unlikely shorter pin-ups attracting attention online including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who measures up to just 5ft 7in
It is believed the trend began in 2018, when comedian Jaboukie Young-White tweeted: ‘I’m f******* tired of ‘short’ used as an insult.
”Short’ gave you Donald Glover. ‘Short’ gave you Tom Holland. ‘Short’ gave you Daniel Kaluuya.
”Short’ gave you Bruno f******g Mars.
‘Short kings are the enemy of body negativity, and I’ll be forever proud to defend them.’
Many social media users were quick to share their excitement over the trend, with one declaring ‘2022 is the year for Short Kings’
However it was only in the spring of this year that the term picked up traction on social media, with term term ‘Short Kings’ quickly going viral on TikTok and Twitter.
Many influencers have even been calling 2022, ‘the year of the short king’, while others have been celebrating a host of celebrity couples who embody the trend.
Among those who are pioneering the movement are Abbie Herbert on TikTok, and her smaller musician husband, Josh.
She often shares videos about the pair’s height difference, including ‘how to pose with a short king’, and ‘why height doesn’t matter’.
It is believed the trend began in 2018, when comedian Jaboukie Young-White tweeted she was ‘f******* tired of ‘short’ used as an insult’
Short men make good husbands, research reveals
Women regard taller men as excellent for a fling but see short men as better companions to settle down with.
‘Taller men have higher social status, earn more and are at lower risk from illness,’ said anthropologist Dr Boguslaw Pawlowski from the University of Wroclaw in south-west Poland. ‘They also have better reproductive success.’
However, the benefits quickly wear off, along with the initial attraction. Evolutionary psychologist Dr Nick Neave said: ‘You don’t want to be surrounded by these guys all the time.
‘The guys who are real leaders of the pack tend to not be very nice people. You don’t want them around kids, they can be violent and leave you for someone else.
‘If they are very handsome and very desirable there will be lots of other women competing for their attention. For a short-term relationship, you want somebody you are sexually attracted to, they don’t have to be the best to get on with.
‘But for a long-term relationship, yes, you are having kids together, but you are also raising them and educating them. For that you want someone much more amenable, who has resources and who is kind and caring.’
Dr Neave, of Northumbria University, said men should not be too quick to blame their height for any lack of success with women. Life is much more complex than the findings suggest, he said.
‘Women look at the whole picture – how tall a guy is, how he dresses, how he speaks, how educated he is and what he does for a living,’ he said. ‘Life is not as simple as this experiment.’
The researchers gave 110 women sets of drawings showing six couples of different heights. The men ranged from being 19 per cent taller than the woman they were pictured with to 4 per cent shorter. The volunteers were asked to pick their ideal height difference for both short-term and long-term relationships.
Tall men were twice as popular for flings than for long-term relationships, according to the findings published in the journal Biological Psychology.
The scientists also looked at how women’s fertility affected their choice of mate. They found that at the time of the month when women are most fertile, they were more attracted to taller men.
Other research has shown women are turned off by show-offs. They are much more likely to be bowled over by men who avoid taking unnecessary risks than those who try to impress with reckless behaviour, such as driving too fast.
Speaking in a clip, she said: ‘Tall queens and short kings, it’s all about the illusions and the angles.’
Commenting on one popular video, TikTok user Jaida Boodram received 244k likes when she declared: ‘It’s short king spring.’
And now, many users have taken to celebrating their all time favourite ‘short kings’, including politician Rishi.
One commented: ‘I don’t agree with Rishi’s politics but for a short king, he’s damn fine.’
Other stars to have been celebrated for their height include Tom Holland, who is 5ft8in with his girlfriend Zendaya, who is 5ft 10in, and Joe Jonas, who is 5ft 8in, with his wife Sophie Turner also 5ft 8in
Another A-lister couple who have showed off their height difference while walking the red carpet is Nicole Kidman, who is 5ft 10in, and Keith Urban, who is 5ft 8in
Another wrote: ‘Rishi Sunak becoming PM is a win for short kings everywhere.’
A third added: ‘Rishi proved short kings matter.’
And the trend is not just limited to British politicians, with unlikely shorter pin-ups attracting attention online including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who measures up to just 5’7.
One wrote: ‘Zelensky is a short king, for real, for real.’
Another added: ‘A brief Googling suggests Rishi Sunak, Emmanuel Macron, Olof Scholz, Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky are all 5’7, it’s an unprecedented consolidation of European power in the hands of short kings.’
TikTok user Abbie Herbert has gained thousands of followers on the app by sharing videos including ‘how to pose with a short king’
Meanwhile fellow ‘short king’ Ncuti has also seen success in recent weeks, with the Sex Education star making his first appearance as the 14th Doctor in a teaser trailer for the upcoming 2023 series.
At the end of Sunday’s episode, a trailer teased Ncuti’s much-anticipated arrival as the star was seen asking: ‘Can someone tell me what the hell is going on?’
Elsewhere, Zac Efron, whose recent snaps from the set of his new film Iron Claw have wowed social media users, has also impressed many online.
The High School Musical star, who is 5ft 8in.
Other stars who have a smaller stature but have wowed social media users include Daniel Radcliffe, 5ft 5in, and Bruno Mars, 5ft 5in.
Meanwhile smaller A-listers who have sent hearts afluttering online include Daniel Kaluuya, who is 5ft 6in.
Meanwhile on Twitter, users have taken to sharing their all time favourite ‘short kings’, including Daniel Radcliffe, 5ft 5in, (left) and Daniel Kaluuya, who is 5ft 6in (right)