From Hollywood to global politics, the idea of a man marrying an older woman seems to shock a lot of people. But why? Lots of studies have been done on why older women and younger men are more compatible, ranging from reasons like energy levels to maturity levels.

Personally, we feel you love who you love and age doesn’t have to play a part in it. It’s just a lot harder for women to get away with it, especially when we don’t usually bat an eyelid when men marry women half their age. Here are seven women across the globe who’ve ignored (outdated) conventions and happily married younger men.

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