Cultural, ethnic, and physical taboos have always existed in relationships. Some were so deeply entrenched, that they were even formalized by law. For example, in apartheid-South Africa, inter-racial marriages were once illegal.
While tolerance for more diverse relationships is improving, barriers do still exist. When people flaunt love despite social stigma and stereotyping, these boundary pushers prove that love is never skin deep and always finds a way to cross bridges. Here’s a look at couples whose heartwarming love stories break down barriers in extraordinary ways.
As an evangelist, motivational speaker, and bestselling author, Nick is already remarkable. However, he is most famous for being born with a rare birth defect that has left him limbless. Despite this, Nick was able to win over his stunning and exotically beautiful, Mexican-Japanese wife, Kanae Miyahara.
The couple has four beautiful children and stands together as a beautiful testimony to the fact that physical barriers can be broken when true love is at play. They are truly inspiring and provide a fitting start to a list that only grows more extraordinary with every couple on it.
Towering in at over 7-foot, 2 -inches, Elisany has been in a relationship with Francinaldo since they were teenagers. The couple’s penchant for beautiful photoshoots and the fact that Elisany is a model act as a beacon that challenges every stereotype of a typical male-female relationship requiring the man to be taller.
Their unusual height difference is startling as Francinaldo is only 5-foot, 7-inches. While the couple often elicits shocked looks wherever they go, one look at Elisany’s gorgeous features and it’s hard to imagine a luckier man out there.
Our next couple had very often publicly taken on internet trolls for their constant heckling and rude prejudices against them. Standing at just 2-feet, 8-inches, Stephen faced many physical challenges.
Despite these, not only was he a highly sought-after therapist but snagged the stunningly beautiful Mindie Kniss as his wife. The couple was constantly harassed by internet bullies but their love always shone brighter. Sadly, Sean passed away in 2019 but the couple’s legacy proved that true love can overcome any physical barrier.
Often dubbed “the world’s smallest couple”, this gorgeous pair shows us that dynamite does indeed come in tiny packages. Even combined, their height is less than 74 inches. Regardless, the love that this couple share is monumentally inspiring. After chatting online for a while, Katyucia later moved to be closer with Paulo.
They have since been married and stand tall in the way they challenge stereotypes when it comes to notions of conventional beauty. Being a Latino-Asian mix only augments their beauty with every photogenic camera moment the couple shares.
At 4-foot, 4-inches, Anton Kraft is a bodybuilder that holds the title of the world’s strongest dwarf. When he met and began dating 6-foot, 3-inch tall China Bell, the world had even more reason to swoon than just her height. China also happens to be black and transgender.
Together, the couple has so many differences, one might expect such a diverse couple to be an impossibility. They are widely praised for the fact that their relationship simply exists in a world that can sometimes be so closed-off to such a union.
This South American couple takes boundary-pushing to extremes. Known as the couple with the most body modifications. Between the two, they have a whopping 77 body modifications that include everything from tattoos and piercings, to slit tongues and horns.
The couple is often taunted and insulted as their brand of body art is often considered taboo. However, these two wear their unique identities proudly and refuse to conform. As a couple, they remind us that beauty is subjective and takes many forms.
Famous for being a “TikTok couple” this pair faced tons of backlash and criticism for their age difference. With a mind-boggling 37 years between them, it’s easy to see how some people might find their union a little strange.
However, despite all the negativity and haters, the couple got married in 2021 and are now looking to start a family together. In the process, they certainly prove that age truly is nothing but a number.
As the king of punching above his weight, Darren has often been asked if he was rich or blessed in other ways. The reason? His partner Kate Cathcart looks like a supermodel while he’s been likened to the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
The couple’s love is a true testimony to the fact that looks do not define a relationship. In fact, far from being a gold digger, the couple actually lived in an English council home before they made headlines again by winning the lottery. Talk about a lucky guy.
Many cultures around the world still have a draconian view of albinism. Nothing more than a lack of melanin, the disorder’s effects can result in startling pale skin white, hair, and other startling features.
Bera is widely regarded as the world’s sexiest albino. As his girlfriend, Nanuka is no slouch in the looks department either and is never shy about admitting how deeply attracted she is to him. Together, the pair make one unique and gorgeous couple.
Drastically short, overweight, sporting a broken nose, and rotund face, Mason Reece isn’t every woman’s dream guy. When he received a friend request from Sarah Russi, a beautiful model, 27 years younger than him, Reece thought he was being pranked.
Many people feel that the couple is a complete mismatch and Russi should be with a man that is more her type in the looks department. Rather than care about these envious attitudes, Russi defends the fact that Mason is a wonderful person and has more inner beauty than most men. Think they push boundaries? Strap in because things are about to get even more dramatic.
These two may seem like a typical, run-of-the-mill couple in many ways. The boundary they push lies in the fact that they’re actually in a “trouple”. That’s right, there’s a third person in this relationship. Not just any person, his name is Peter and he happens to be Maria’s ex-boyfriend.
Rather than fight, this trio found a unique way to all accept each other and share their love. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but they prove that such relationships certainly are possible and can thrive.
Many men are easily intimidated when a woman is stronger than them. The man is supposed to be the strong one right? Amanda and Sergio don’t think so. With the height and girth of an Amazonian woman, Amanda dwarfs Sergio who is below average height for a man.
These opposing physiques might have made the pair an unlikely couple but they have embraced the differences. Far from being insecure about it, Sergio actually loves to feel “protected” by Amanda and even allows her to carry him around.
As far as atypical couples go, this pairing is difficult to describe. Often called things like “the cosmic couple, Hannah and Stephen share a love for weird, colorful costumes, outlandish hairstyles, and fascinating fashion senses.
What makes them so unique is the fact that two such unique people were able to meet and become the kindred spirits that they clearly are. Neither mind the stares or seem to care about all the attention. Beyond all the color and drama, one thing is clear, these two are deeply in love.
There you have it. These unique and wonderful couples (and “trouple”) show us all that relationships come in so many shapes, sizes, colors, ages, and types than the average person ever imagines. By finding and nurturing their boundary-pushing love, these people give courage to many others out there who may feel alone and isolated.
By being true to themselves and refusing to conform to conventional standards, they prove that no matter what your unique features or tastes are, there is always someone out there who might love your exact kind of beautiful.