Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Beauty's all about the average

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 4:06 PM

Well. Now that scientists have discovered what it takes to be beautiful (for, let's be real, white women), let's try working on something that's actually important.

Here, they're saying if the dimensions of your face fall into a certain mathematical standard, everyone will think your beautiful. Way to depress all the ladies who's faces don't fit this beauty average, though I'm sure plastic surgeons around the globe are cheering.

For every woman who has ever obsessed that her chin was too long or that her eyes were set too close together, scientists appear to have a new message: You might be right.

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, claim they’ve discovered the ideal alignment of female facial features, a pair of measurements that explain why one woman is perceived as attractive and the other, well, isn’t.

It all has to do with the horizontal distance between the eyes and the vertical distance between the eyes and the mouth, says Pamela M. Pallett, a researcher who believes she has identified new “golden ratios” for facial beauty.

That may be bad news for gals who don’t conform, but the upside, says Pallett, is that even if your face isn’t perfectly proportioned, a strategic haircut can help.“Everybody can achieve these golden ratios,” said Pallett.

“Averageness has always been known to be important,” in measuring attractiveness, said Pallett, who suggested that people are biologically hardwired to prefer typical faces rather than exotic ones.

Read the rest of this MSNBC.com article, by JoNel Aleccia, here.

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