Thursday, September 20, 2007

Some ideas on Attractiveness


There are many theories and research studies centred aroung attractiveness and the body.

It has been found that attractiveness ideals cange across time periods and cultures
Examples across time:

“Rubens women” (1505) are an extreme example which portrays women not only consistent with the social trend at that time, but most likely reflected the personal taste of the painter. A glance at the paintings and sculptures of the old masters clearly shows that for centuries feminine figures which were once considered to be appealing, would be regarded today as being too large. Researchers have stated that in former times the ideal of attractiveness, or being fat, was considered to be a status symbol. Only the well-to-do could afford to eat well, while the poor remained slender from lack of food. However today, the supply of food is abundant and fat has lost its value of information as a sign of prosperity

This can be compared to women of today, who are considered attractive if they are slim, slender and less 'fleshy'.

The Waist Hip Ratio
Ratio of 0.6

Waist Hip Ratio of 0.7- This is considered the ideal in many western cultures

A waist hip ratio of 0.8

Devendra Singh, researcher specializing in attractiveness, carried out numerous investigations in the waist-to-hip ratio in the nineties. She discovered that all winners of the "Miss America contests" from 1920 until the 1980`s had a WHR between 0.72 and 0.69. She also found that playboy's models WHR was between 0.71 and 0.68. For decades the ideal waist-to-hip ratio was consistently 0.7, despite the changing body weight of these models. Thus, in spite of their different weight classes the beauty icons Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Twiggy and Kate Moss all had at least one thing in common - a WHR of about 0.7.

Characteristics of Beautiful Faces


Characteristic features of the female "sexy face":
Suntanned skin
Narrower facial shape
Less fat
Fuller lips
Slightly bigger distance of eyes
Darker, narrower eye brows
More, longer and darker lashes
Higher cheek bones
Narrower nose
No eye rings
Thinner lids

Attractive Face Unattractive

Prototype Prototype

Male Faces

Characteristics of the male "Sexy face"
Browner skin
Narrower facial shape
Less fat
Fuller and more symmetrical lips
Darker eye brows
More and darker lashes
Upper half of the face broader in relation to the lower
Higher cheek bones
Prominent lower jaw
More prominent chin
No receding brows
Thinner lids
No wrinkles between nose and corner of the mouth

Attractive Unattractive

Prototype Prototype

Research can be found enormously influencing attractiveness-stereotype: The more attractive the presented faces were, the more successful, content, friendly, intelligent, socialble, accessible, exciting, creative and busy the persons were estimated. The opposite applies to unattractive faces: The more unattractive the faces were the more negative characteristics were attributed to the person.


hellosteffi said...

i came across this blog looking for 'fleshy' rubens women. i especially liked this certain bit on the waist hip ratio, (seeing it with the pics) and the differences between an attractive face and a non-attractive face, with BIG differences as in eye circles and lips. Keep it going, this is great stuff!

lisa said...

Prof. Singh is a guy not a girl.

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