Face the Facts
George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Jude Law…they’re arguably some of the best looking men in the world, and they owe those drool worthy looks to hitting the genetic jackpot: symmetry. “For both men and women, having symmetrical features is more attractive,” says Dr. Gary Lewandowski, co-founder of ScienceofRelationships.com and Director of the Close Relationship Lab at Monmouth University. Don’t knock the idea – according to a report in the journal Animal Behavior, women are more likely to achieve orgasm when their partners have symmetrical features, a possible evolutionary throwback that takes symmetry as an indication of good genetic health, and thus makes men with symmetrical faces a safer bet for procreation.
Of course, the parts are just as important as the whole. Gary also mentions that men are more attracted to women with largeeyes, small chins and small noses, while men, he says “are more attractive when they have a strong jaw line and prominent features.”
In the end, though, it may be that the people we find most attractive are ourselves. There’s research to support the idea that around the world, people tend to choose partners who they perceive to be at a similar level of attractiveness, intelligence, background or economic power.