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When it comes to being sexy, height is not a factor. For these male celebrities under 5 feet 7 inches, they prove just that. As Urban Dictionary describes it, a “short king” is “a man who realizes that his lack of height has nothing to do with his perception of his own self-worth.” That’s exactly what these leading men in the entertainment industry do — they break barriers. Hollywood’s hottest used to be reserved for the most buff, tallest men. But now, being under the average national height isn’t even a factor in a celebrity’s hotness level. For the short kings who are on this list, their shortness makes them even more attractive.

Height Statistics

The average height for men 20 years or older is about 5 feet 9 inches tall. Factors like genetics, nutrition, and medical conditions can affect a person’s height. This average is based on 2015–2016 data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to Health, humans are taller than their ancestors. Ten thousand-year-old male skeletons from Europe measured 5 feet 6 inches. Even looking back to only the 1960s, the average male was an inch shorter than today’s measurements. Some countries have seen more drastic trends. One study found men in Iran have grown about 6.7 inches in the last 100 years — that’s the largest height gain in the world.

Despite humans being taller than our ancestors, our society used to rag on short men. There are still people out there who aren’t attracted to others under a certain height, but for those who don’t find it to be a hindrance, short men can be as hot as, if not hotter, than those who are vertically inclined. Thanks to social media apps like TikTok, short kings videos have nearly 36 million views. Or even Saturday Night Live‘s hilarious segment about “petite princes” and tiny titans.”

Take a look at our list of the sexiest short kings under 5’7″ below:

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