What Makes a Woman "Beautiful?"

01/10/2013

We all know that beauty comes in different shapes and sizes and is difficult to define. But a recent current event begs the question: What gives a woman that "wow" factor?

Earlier this week, Brent Musburger became overstimulated during the college football championship when the camera shifted to the Katherine Webb, the girlfriend of the Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron. Upon seeing the former Miss Alabama, Musburger let loose his inner monologue

“Wow! I’m telling you, you quarterbacks…you get all the good lookin’ women. That’s a…what a beautiful woman! Whoa!”

Apparently. Musburger is not the only one who found her stunning. Ms. Webb’s Twitter following instantly grew overnight by 150,000 people, and one NFL star asked her for a date to Wing Stop over Twitter. While perused the social media whirling around this former beauty queen, I’ve seen that many fans described her as “smoking hot” or “stunning.” So what makes her so beautiful?

Women with well-defined cheekbones, prominent lips, and a small chin, are what researchers call “sexually dimorphic”, which means that the facial features are distinctively “feminine.” These facial features are though to be a visible sign of reproductive health, which is why men find these traits so attractive.

So, it’s not surprise that when many women are looking to up their “wow” factor, they apply a little blush to accentuate their cheekbones, pat their chin with some powder, and swirl some lipstick around their lips.

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Ty Tashiro is the author of The Science of Happily Ever After: What Really Matters in the Quest for Enduring Love, an entertaining look at why modern dating is so challenging, why people can easily make bad partner choices, and how science can help us make smart decisions in the search for enduring love. It's available on Amazon, Indie Bound and Barnes & Noble. Dr. Ty received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Minnesota. His research has appeared in top academic journals and he has been an award-winning professor at the University of Maryland and University of Colorado. Follow him on facebook and twitter.
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