Attractiveness is like playing the lottery. A lottery in which the winning numbers stay the same but the number each person gets is assigned at birth. In regards to attractiveness there have been various studies across cultures to determine a universal commonality in what we find attractive. Traits as cheekbones, eye color, skin clarity, etc are all measures of attraction but these greatly from culture to culture.
However amongst the list of attractive physical traits the ones that show the least variation is Facial Symmetry, Waist To Hip Ratio , and Height. If you are born with all 3 of these traits in the optimal range, you have just won the lottery, The Attractiveness Lottery.
Facial Symmetry amongst the 3 is the most important. Your face is what is exposed the most, what people usually take notice of the most and is responsible for a great deal of your expressions. Facial symmetry means that if you were to take a picture of your face from the front, then fold that picture at the halfway mark causing each half of the face to overlap.
The closer your face is being symmetrical the more attractive you will be perceived. The reason behind this is that symmetrical faces is a sign of health and strong genes. Having an asymmetrical face is a genetic sign that genes in which that your ancestors may have suffered a disease, illness or genetic defect that caused the face to be slightly altered. So the closer your face is to symmetry is a sign of how well your ancestors withstand diseases.
Meaning that your offspring are likely to have a similar immunity, and even more likely to live strong healthy lives.
Lottery number: 95% +
The Waist to Hip Ratio is the size of the waist in comparison to the hips. So if you waist is 50% the size of your hips. Your Waist to Hip Ratio otherwise known as WHR is .50.
Studies have shown the optimum WHR is .70 for women and .90, with a variation of about .1 depending on culture.
A WHR is of .70 for women is considered optimal because it has been found that estrogen is at a perfect level and also women are less susceptible to diseases. This means that women with that WHR tend to be quite fertile and healthy. Otherwise known as having “Child Bearing” Hips.
This being one of the reasons why men like women with smaller waists, and why a great deal of models have a similar waist.
Men with a WHR of .90 are less susceptible to cancers such as prostate and testicular cancer. Means that even with men this is a sign of fertility and health.
Height, How Important is your height ? On average women like men who are taller than them, and men like women who are shorter than them. This has become a general consensus, you see it in media and advertisements.
The online dating site E Harmony once when performing their matchmaking would not weigh height very much. This led to some women being matched with men shorter than them. After numerous complaints from the matches, this was change so as that now a woman will not be matched with a man who is shorter than her.
The reason height matter is because being with a taller man makes a woman feel safer, as if he is her protector. This is why height is considered a masculine trait, so if a woman is much taller than the guy, there is the potential that she will feel more “masculine” than him and thus inadequate.
A man being shorter than his woman can lead to a Napoleon complex which is described by Wikipedia as “ an informal term describing an alleged type of which is said to affect some people, especially men, who are short in stature. The term is also used more generally to describe people who are driven by a perceived handicap to overcompensate in other aspects of their lives. “
This attempt to overcompensate can lead to relationship problems that may be directed at that woman because she will be seen as the source of the reason for him feeling short.
So what is the optimal height? Depends on the culture. The average height of different races and cultures can vary and so the optimal height will vary. The prefer ratio has been labelled as 1.09:1, meaning that if the average height of women in your country is feet, the ideal height for men is approx 5.5feet.
Lottery Number: 1.09:1 Ratio
This is not to imply that if you do not meet these numbers you are considered unattractive, because as I initially said there are other contributing factor. However having these 3 traits on average contributes substantially to what biology and society has taught us is supposed to be attractive..