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Monday, February 21, 2005

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

On the way home from work, two girls boarded the bus and sat opposite me, talking between themselves. And I did the one thing I could do: compared their facial appearances.

My attention was first drawn to girl on the right. In my opinion, she was less attractive than her friend. So I thought: why is that? Among the things I noted:
  • small eyes
  • long nose, ending in a pudgy way
  • buck teeth
  • small lips
  • long face
In comparison, her friend was more average-looking, e.g. bigger eyes, wider mouth. She didn't possess supermodel beauty nor the type who turns heads towards her. She was just a regular looking girl. But she "won" precisely because she had no features that stood out, e.g. buck teeth.

So is that what beauty is all about: a comparison between two people and deciding which one has less irregular features?


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Anonymous said...

beauty is very much about symmetry... and characteristics which are supposed indicators of fertility, such as the 0.7 waist-hip ratio for females and 'triangular' shape for males...

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