This is What the Ideal Woman’s Body Looks Like, According to Science

The perfect female body.

Does it exist? Scientifically, yes.

If that’s not surprising, wait till you see what said perfect body actually looks like. It’s nothing like what the fashion industry might have you thinking, that’s for sure.

Researchers at the University of Texas say the perfect female body measures 1.68 meters in height. The bust/weight/hip measurements are 99-63-91.

In case you don’t have the ability to automatically picture the female body types based on measurements, that looks like this.

Image: SplashNews

That woman is Kelly Brook. She’s a 34-year-old model and actress from England.

Most people would refer to her as “plump.” That’s what talent scouts said when Brook first tried to break into the modeling world.

But, according to scientists, Brook’s all-natural body is perfect in terms of attractiveness.

And what makes attractiveness so important, you ask? Well, it signifies the most important trait a human can have, scientifically speaking – fertility.

After all, the primary function of individuals in any species is to support future generations – a full figure communicates one’s efficiency at doing just that through not only pregnancy but feeding as well.

Men are attracted to women whose facial and body characteristics – like Kelly Brook’s – are associated with youth and good health.

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This attraction transcends culture. Studies have shown that even when two men come from entirely different backgrounds, they will likely be attracted to the same woman with more youthful, healthy characteristics.

So why all the skinny models, then?

Because they’re trying to sell clothes, not convey fertility.

That’s according to Jennifer Lee, who formerly worked for top designer Karl Lagerfield, the head of Chanel.

Fashion models are hired based on their ability to highlight the lines and structure of the clothing they wear. That’s why we see very few women in the industry who look like Kelly Brook.

But while thin supermodels might make a flowing dress look good on the runway, scientifically – as the study involving Kelly Brook has shown – most men would prefer a woman several times larger.

Being too skinny is an indicator of unhealthiness and can lead to a variety of problems. Being too large isn’t good either; finding a healthy balance is key.

What do you think about the idea of there being an “ideal body size?” Let us know in the comments!

Check out the video below to learn about female body types and history.

Sources:
Quora
The New York Times
Live Science
Narada News

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128 comments
karlein kemps - June 19, 2016

zou fijn zijn dan als ze eens kleding gingen ontwerpen voor een gezond vrouwenlichaam ipv andersom…

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Peggy Prielozny - June 19, 2016

What are her measurements in inches? How tall is she in feet and inches? What does she weigh in pounds? What size dress does she wear!

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    citygirl - June 19, 2016

    The ‘perfect’ standard is
    5-1/2 feet tall
    39/24/36″
    Weight wasn’t listed in the article.

    Kelly Brook is reported to weigh about 66kg, which is 145 lbs. Normal for her height of 5’6″.

    I am still opposed to any one body type being promoted as “perfect,” as we are all created differently. But at least this is a healthier approach and more realistic than some.

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      Katie Griffin - June 21, 2016

      Her measurements are 39-28-37 in or 99-71-94 cm.. Where the hell are people getting this info from? They make her measurements seem so much smaller than they actually are. She’s a voluptuous lady, 24 inches is like Victoria’s Secret model size.

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        citygirl - June 21, 2016

        It was just a typo, thanks for being so gracious in pointing it out.

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    Shelly - June 20, 2016

    Lol google it! The whole world measures in meters and kg. Except the US

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    George Spelvin - June 21, 2016

    If only there were a way to math those numbers!

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Jerry Appel - June 19, 2016

I totally agree with this concept. I not only agree, I married someone with a very similar body type 34 years ago. Not only is this the ideal body type, but it was sexualized by Hollywood: Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida, Jane Russell, Julie Newmar and others. I’ve never found fashion models sexy until I saw Christie Brinkley and she is no size 1.

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Anne Van Couvering, ND - June 19, 2016

I think that talking about the “perfect female body” in terms of what is attractive to men is an amazingly tone deaf concept. The perfect woman’s body is the body that carries a woman’s mind and soul around in the way that SHE wants it to, preferably pain free. The rest is objectification, the idea that Perfect Women are here to please men, not be themselves to the fullest. Believe it or not, pleasing others is NOT what we’re here for.

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    Angela F - June 21, 2016

    <3 <3 <3

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    George Spelvin - June 21, 2016

    And where do you get the right to tell others what they should and should not find attractive? “Objectification” when choosing a mate is a part of the attraction.
    If you found a man to marry (let’s not assume), did you find the ugliest but most perfect soul and mind you could find?

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      Anne Van Couvering, ND - June 21, 2016

      What is attractive to one person is not to another. This concept of “perfect body” equals “most attractive to men” is what I’m quibbling about – as if that is the entire point of a woman’s existence. Believe it or not, we have outside interests. Of course I chose my husband because he’s attractive – in EVERY way – nice muscles and pretty eyes do not make up for dickhead or idiot behavior. Just like this nonsense about “perfect body” should not make up for dickhead or idiot behavior in a woman. Because we are NOT JUST BODIES, and procreation is not just about fucking, but about raising those little screamers to be functioning adults – you need more than just tits and ass to do that.

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        Le Ruscino - June 23, 2016

        Seems you have missed the point of the article ?

        The ‘Ideal Body’ in this context is about survival of the species & men are, like it or not, pre-programmed in vast majority to choose a mate (being animalistic) that has the likelihood of health to carry on the species.

        Mother Nature is brutally logical & she always wins………….!

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          Lighthouse - September 6, 2016

          I think maybe you missed the point ; ) This article was not about survival of the species. Additionally, men and woman choose a mate for a variety of reasons.

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          Le Ruscino - September 8, 2016

          I’d suggest you read the Title for a clue “According to Science” !

          Also a recent noted response to Sophie Walker – Leader of the “Women’s Equality Party” who lied about Jeremy Corbyn not appointing women to posts when it is not his authority to make such appointments.

          “Quote”
          Response to Walker: I can lay bricks and slabs and wear 4 inch stilettos (that’s walking on your big toes) I can felt a roof and satin stitch (that’s a fine form of sewing) I can saw timber and put furniture together and I can balance accounts and negotiate with people. I am a female, have been since I was born, will be till I pop my clogs. What I am not is a hypocrite, if a man holds a door open for me saying “ladies first” whether I’m in a pretty frock or wearing my camo cargo’s, I will thank him and walk through it. Whether as a site manager, or a care assistant for the elderly, as a security guard or a cleaning “lady”, I earned respect based on my merits, not my perception of what favourable treatment I should receive because of my gender. Women who want the same jobs as men need also to be able to meet the necessary criteria and demonstrate how they are better than a man who might be offered the post. If they cannot do so, then expecting to be given that position based on gender is not equality it’s preferential treatment and sexist discrimination. Women like Walker, want their cake and to still be able to eat it. Well sweetheart, life isn’t always fair – get over yourself and give the rest of us a break because you are an embarrassment to the rest of us who don’t support your sanctimonious mewling. “Un-Quote”

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          Lighthouse - September 9, 2016

          Like i said… I think maybe you missed the point.

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          Lighthouse - September 9, 2016

          What a ridiculous resonse.

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          Lighthouse - September 9, 2016

          I found your response to be convoluted and not relevant to my post.

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          ๒レㄩ∑ῳ◊и∂∑Я - September 7, 2016

          you mean mother nature overides the irrational ideals set forth by the social justice warriors? lol

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    mike - June 21, 2016

    Lighten up Francis… Sheesh, they are talking biologically not your “every woman is perfect, blah blah, blah,” spiel. In this case being attractive to the opposite sex (men) for the reason of procreation is kind of the point.

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      John Riner - June 21, 2016

      Love the “Stripes” reference. I use it all the time!

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      DV Saltsgaver - June 22, 2016

      Some people can’t “lighten up” about these subjects. Anyway, I don’t care what any one thinks, Kelly is just right.

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    Mom2KidsDog - September 7, 2016

    While this may be true ’emotionally’ or ‘psychologically’, it is not true ‘scientifically’. The point of the article was that those dimensions indicated in a woman’s body point to “fertility”, i.e., propagation of the species, regardless of how strong, bright, intelligent, independent, self-fulfilled, or confident the woman actually is or believes herself to be. The fertility indicators are what draw the male to the female, in any species.

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    Andrews AMarie - September 7, 2016

    We are here to be a helpmate to our men! Not selfish and self absorbed! We have a purpose, the one god made us for~

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      nottellersannhet - October 9, 2016

      I hope you are being ironic Andrews AMarie.

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    ๒レㄩ∑ῳ◊и∂∑Я - September 7, 2016

    the same could be said of the “ideal” man in the eyes of women. equal rights ms. social justice warrioress.

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    HaveYourCake - October 9, 2016

    Actually what we are here for is to make babies. Which means being attractive to men. Our purpose, is to reproduce and make more of our species.

    You might not like that, but that’s what LIFE is about.

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    Pat Dart - October 9, 2016

    did you watch the video? This isn’t about men objectifying women. This is the product of a group effort which included women in the process to find out what people (yes predominantly men) found physically attractive. The video actually touches on issues such as how wearing corsets and being too skinny were unhealthy ways to try and be attractive (doesn’t actually say that this was in fact attractive, just that women tried to do these things) and discussed phases where women trying to have healthy bodies were positive ways to become attractive. It finishes on talking about how women of all shapes can be attractive if they want to be by working with their bodies natural features (if they don’t want to that’s fine but not the point of this article). By the way. the video doesn’t say at any point that this is about pleasing men. It may be that they were influenced by what women perceived that men wanted at the time but we can’t blame men for that behaviour as it was ultimately the woman’s choice about what they did with their bodies. Again, if they want to go for some other method of attraction, that’s up to them. Some people use charm, some use personality, some use colors, clothing, jewelry or perhaps you find someone who has similar values. This article is about bodies and if you don’t like that, don’t read it, move on; but at least pay attention to what the article is actually about before posting an emotive response.

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Lauren Griffin - June 20, 2016

I want to second what Anne says below – talking about the “perfect female body” in terms of what is attractive to men is an amazingly tone deaf concept. This post feels like it was written many years ago.

We are all beautifully unique and different and there shouldn’t be one ‘perfect’ body which is reality means nothing as it’s just a bunch of average size measurements. I thought we have moved beyond what is ‘perfect’ and loving ourselves for our uniqueness and not trying to push women towards some mythical ‘perfect’ body… it is this sort of thinking that encourages unhealthy obsessions with how we look. Just because the ‘perfect’ body here isn’t stick thin, does NOT mean this is body positive! Just because your boobs aren’t as big and your waist not as small as Kelly Brook’s doesn’t mean you aren’t good enough.

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    Angela F - June 21, 2016

    Thank you Lauren. I agree. It is NEVER body positive to make only a certain amount of things seem like they are considered attractive. When really it is the sum of many things.

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    mike - June 21, 2016

    You people are seriously idiots.

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    Le Ruscino - June 23, 2016

    Repeat

    Seems you have missed the point of the article ?

    The ‘Ideal Body’ in this context is about survival of the species & men are, like it or not, pre-programmed in vast majority to choose a mate (being animalistic) that has the likelihood of health to carry on the species.

    Mother Nature is brutally logical & she always wins………….!

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      Lighthouse - September 6, 2016

      Repeat: I think maybe you missed the point ; ) This article was not about survival of the species. Additionally, men and woman choose a mate for a variety of reasons.

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        HaveYourCake - October 9, 2016

        Actually, that’s exactly what the article is about.

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          Lighthouse - October 9, 2016

          No… don’t think so.

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          HaveYourCake - October 9, 2016

          Not thinking is your problem.

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          Lighthouse - October 10, 2016

          I said “I don’t think so” and you translated that to “not thinking” -??? Your attempt for a play at words failed and it just reflects that you don’t think enough. I happen to think a lot… and I think you’re an idiot.

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AvadaKedavra - June 20, 2016

No, she’s overweight.

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    Shelly - June 20, 2016

    Overweight in your eyes lol. I don’t see it at all. She looks great!!!

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red18 - June 20, 2016

I know that people will consider her overweight even though she’s gorgeous. Skinny does not mean beautiful. I see women all the time who are butt ugly but because they are thin men fall all over them. Our society needs to stop looking at what the fashion industry, Hollywood, TV, billboards and magazines call perfect. Most of those especially in the magazines and billboards are photo shopped and not realistic at all. Being a size 2 when you are 5’6″ and above is not healthy. Neither is smoking or throwing up to look that way. I disagree with these comments below because most white American men like skinny. Other cultures tend to not be so critical of a woman with a real figure. This woman is real and pretty.

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    Shelly - June 20, 2016

    Yeah overweight in TODAY’S society. If I was a man I would want a woman with a nice bottom and meat around her waist lol.

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    Angela F - June 21, 2016

    You may think that because you have heard negative comments from white men about a girl’s weight or been rejected by one, I don’t know. But I assure you that most white men don’t feel that way. I used to be a very skinny white girl with big boobs and no butt and I got all kinds of “advice” from men about how to be sexier.

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    mike - June 21, 2016

    Yeah, in america all a woman needs to do to be sexy is be skinny and not have a too ugly face.

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      Shelly - June 21, 2016

      That’s not true Mike…men like woman in all sizes.

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        mike - June 21, 2016

        Yeah, some guys find really fat chicks hot… that doesn’t make it the norm. Even the whole big ass thing is barely catching on in america after decades of thin is sexy.

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          Shelly - June 21, 2016

          What is the norm? Everyone has a different perception. Most guys think they have to be muscular in order to look sexy!? Me personally I can’t stand buff guys. As long as your not rolling and can run or ride a bike. In fine with that!

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          mike - June 21, 2016

          This study is not about personal perception… It’s about general perception. No matter the culture tits and hips are a sign of fertility and are enjoyed across borders and societal “norms?”

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          Shelly - June 22, 2016

          Lol lol…yes they are, didn’t mean to sound so harsh. My main point is that too skinny is in my opinion NOT attractive just like too BIG either. At the end we woman come in different sizes and shapes. Everyone including men are beautiful in their own way.

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          Shelly - June 21, 2016

          And the big ass and curves are definitely catching on. Real men want real woman not a little girl. A woman looks way more fertile with curves.

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          mike - June 21, 2016

          OMG, you are horrible. Skinny women are also “real” women. Curves like Alcohol are good until it’s unhealthy. Yes, the entire point of this article is about fertility. Even when Fat or Skinny were en vogue, Young and Hourglass have never been found “gross.”

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Randall Selinger - June 20, 2016

Really, how stupid are all of you?????? Perception of physical “beauty” rests solely in the eye of the beholder…..what is scientific about that? Moronic idiots, who are you trying to convince? I don’t need anyone else to TELL me what I find attractive, I can make up my own mind thanks…….wow, and if you’re asking a man what he finds attractive, he’ll tell you, and if you’re talking about physical attraction, it will always be a female between the ages of 16 and maybe 24….no one likes the truth, but there it is, eh!

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    Crystal - June 21, 2016

    16? You are a disgusting pedophile!

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      Marcus Rivera - June 21, 2016

      Actually a pedophile is attracted to pre-pubescent people. At 16 most girls don’t qualify pre pubescent anymore. Sorry. He’s right…

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        Angela F - June 21, 2016

        thats disgusting and not everyone agrees with that, by the way. using the word “always” before you opinion doesn’t give it any credibility. In fact, it does the opposite. You’re a pervert and you should seek help before you molest your friend’s high school daughter or something. Sicko.

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      George Spelvin - June 21, 2016

      Ephebophile. Learn your terms.

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        BalanceCF - October 23, 2016

        WOW seriously? A pedophile is a person who is sexually attracted to children. According to Webster a child is anyone under 18. Are you a Ephebophile?

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          George Spelvin - October 24, 2016

          Are you mad that you got called out on your ignorance? Grow the fuck up and take the correction like an adult. A pedo is sexually attracted to PRE-pubescent children, not teens.

          And, fucktard, THIS is Webster’s definition:

          CHILD:
          noun, often attributive ˈchī(-ə)ld
          Simple Definition of child
          : a young person
          : a son or daughter
          : an adult who acts like a child : a childlike or childish person

          So, according to Webster’s third definition, YOU are a child. So stop acting like it on the internet.

          And, for gods’ sake, stop whoring your tits out on the web. Your father is ashamed of you.

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          Lighthouse - October 25, 2016

          @George – What an immature response. Sounds like you’re having a tantrum. Her point is that the writer is inappropriate… stop nitpicking and get a clue.

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      HaveYourCake - October 9, 2016

      Actually, 16 is the age of consent in most of civilized world. Drinking, signing contracts, sex. Only in the US do we infantilize our children to such a dramatically older age.

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    Angela F - June 21, 2016

    I hope to God you don’t have kids or any reason any high school students enter your home. People like you terrify me to my core. You should seek help before acting on these urges and ruining a child (16 year old’s) life forever. Before the frontal lobe is fully formed (around age 20) unwanted sexual experiences (and can a 16 year old REALLY “consent” to an adult 10, 20 years older? the law says NO) can cause mental damages that she would fight for the rest of her life. And that gives you a boner? Sick.

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      Angela F - June 21, 2016

      The reason most models are young is because most people desire to BE young. Not f#ck them. You have the order of things all screwed up and because you’re getting the wrong message you applied it to the masses.

      Reality – most grown men are not sexually attracted to teenage girls. Also reality – you are.

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    Doug Graham - June 21, 2016

    You, sir, can shove your mysoginitic opinion squarely up your fat ass.

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    George Spelvin - June 21, 2016

    > “it will always be a female between the ages of 16 and maybe 24”

    Wow. Project much? I’m over 40 and you wouldn’t catch me dead with a woman that young.

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      DV Saltsgaver - June 22, 2016

      Which is probably good because women ages 16 to 24 wouldn’t be caught dead with us (old guys). haha

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    mike - June 21, 2016

    Beauty is basically brainwashed into people (even you) by society. And all the complainers on here refuse to believe we are still animals with biological instincts.

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      Arletta Sloan - June 22, 2016

      Yes and no. Yes, beauty is brainwashed into people. Yes, the complainers refuse to believe we have biological instincts.

      No, we are not just animals. If we were, beauty couldn’t be brainwashed into us. No one could put up a Twiggy-equivalent photo of a zebra and convince another zebra that it was sexually attractive or convince a lion that it looked tasty.

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        HaveYourCake - October 9, 2016

        Actually, animals recognize “beauty” in their mate. It’s why the peacock puts on such a dramatic show for the hen.

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          Lighthouse - October 9, 2016

          You are missing the writer’s point.

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          Lighthouse - October 9, 2016

          Maybe, but I think you are missing the writer’s point.

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          HaveYourCake - October 9, 2016

          I’m not at all. The writer’s point is that men are instinctually led to a certain body type for procreation.

          It’s no different than the prettiest peacock.

          But you go ahead and think it’s different.

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          Lighthouse - October 10, 2016

          Your interpretation of the article is not shared by everyone… I don’t agree with you regarding the article content and what the writer’s point is.

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      Lighthouse - October 9, 2016

      We may have biological instincts but we also have a brain and consious, are capable of learning values, morals and learning that beauty is not just about outward appearance.

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    Arletta Sloan - June 22, 2016

    Well, that is just not true. I have known plenty of men who, even when they were 16-24, had basically zero interest in that age group. Why? Because, they were mature men who were interested in someone they could connect with, who knew who they were and what they wanted. So, literally, when they saw a woman who looked like she was of an age where she hadn’t “found herself” yet, they would shy away in disgust.

    Then, of course, there are the men who actively like older women to the point that even when they are 64, they are looking for someone at least 67. And, the men who are pedophiles, whether they act on it or not.

    Also, they are not talking about what you, Randall Selinger, find attractive. They are talking about what the majority of male human beings find attractive. “Perfect” would be that type who could go most anywhere and find that most everyone was attracted to them. Not just anywhere that was expecting their type to show up.

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    Lighthouse - October 9, 2016

    Agree with you that we don’t need anyone to tell us what to find attractive (and we are bombarded with marketing and medias idea of that)… but your’re not correct that if you ask a man what he finds attractive it will always be between the ages of 16 and 24… no way (thank goodness for the men who are not like that)!!!

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    Lighthouse - October 9, 2016

    Agree with you that we don’t need anyone to tell us what to find attractive (and we are bombarded with marketing and media’s idea of that)… but your’re not correct that if you ask a man what he finds attractive it will always be between the ages of 16 and 24… no way (thank goodness for the men who are not like that)!!!

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    Lighthouse - October 9, 2016

    I agree that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and we don’t need anyone else to tell us what we find attractive – and we are bombarded with media’s idea of that everywhere, however, we still have a brain and a conscious and are capable of having good values and morals… and you are not correct that every many will tell you that what he finds attractive is between 16 and 24 (that would be very immature, undeveloped and possibly twisted thinking)! Perhaps the media told you what to find attractive afterall.

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Tiku Musu - June 20, 2016

Agreed

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Katie Griffin - June 21, 2016

Kelly Brook’s measurements are not that small.. Why are you showing a curvy girl and then writing a much smaller size? Her waist is not 24 inches, it’s 28.
Actual measurements: 39-28-37 in or 99-71-94 cm.
You’re part of the problem by doing this. Girls will look at her and then see that you wrote 24 inches, and won’t question it. Instead they will feel like shit about themselves, thinking they have this impossible body standard to live up to… You managed to do the complete opposite of what you set out to do with this post, that is of course if it was body positivity. Right now it feels like shaming…

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    Crystal - June 21, 2016

    I was thinking the same thing about the measurements.

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    Angela F - June 21, 2016

    you go girl, thank you.

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Crystal - June 21, 2016

While I do not think this woman with the measurements 39-28-37 is overweight; I am very concerned with the way the world is trending towards. The “big is beautiful” trend is NOT healthy. There are some people who are large and are super healthy, however most of these people that claim BBW over eat, have numerous diseases, don’t exercise, and they are teaching these habits the the next generation.

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    Angela F - June 21, 2016

    I agree Crystal but that’s just because people love to jump on a bandwagon. If people thought with common sense then we wouldn’t even need this article to begin with.

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      DV Saltsgaver - June 22, 2016

      I was never on a band wagon. I always liked them like Kelly — give or take a few pounds.

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    Shelly - June 21, 2016

    Totally agree Crystal! Who ever thinks she’s overweight, really have some self esteem issues or maybe even mental issues lol. She is NOT big at all. We all know what overweight or obese looks like! Just because she doesn’t look like today’s skeletons walking down a catwalk doesn’t mean she’s overweight. People in today’s society are so obsessed looking too skinny. In my opinion it’s not sexy at ALL. Having hips, boobs and a BOTTOM is way more sexy, my opinion.

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    Jenina Carriaga - October 8, 2016

    While I agree that healthily living should be the focus, different people do have different body types which sometimes can change as they age. I myself was super skinny most of my life no matter what I ate, up until becoming premenopausal. I have always been active and always will be, but as I grew older I began to learn more about nutrician and now eat extreamly healthy, much more healthy than I did in my youth https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2895abd1113d844269cc35941a4a9b27e1ae20f3e693e92653c1f170ea1675a0.jpg . I am now in my late 30’s and no longer thin (not obese, just not thin), but healthier than I have ever been. The thin versus curvy thing is old. I think that health should be the focus and appreciate you pointing that out.

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Angela F - June 21, 2016

The ideal female body has about a 19-21% body fat, and men in about the 10-12% range with a solid muscle tone in order to keep the body from looking flabby. How that will correspond in measurements may not be something you can control and not worth obsessing over. What you can do is lift weights (to increase muscle) and eat healthy and have the best body that you can ever own. Nothing else should matter.

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    ๒レㄩ∑ῳ◊и∂∑Я - September 7, 2016

    “ideal” according to the scientific community and we all know everything they say is gold.

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Doug Graham - June 21, 2016

Too bad one of the Kardashian Klan represents women of the 21st Century.

No accounting for taste, I suppose

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Hard Little Machine - June 21, 2016

the perfect female body is whichever will rub against me.

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Baccar Wozat - June 21, 2016

This “scientific” study is meaningless. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; some people prefer thinner, others prefer fatter. What is this supposed to be, taking averages? Humanity is not meant to be put under the cookie cutter.

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WittyWeasel - June 22, 2016

I think the ” ideal female body ” is simply the one that catches your eye. These ” ideal female bodies ” pictured in the article would be jokes anywhere in the world other than to a Western viewer.

I’m 70 years old, been around the block a few times and have seen stunning beauties elsewhere in the world that would make these ones look like Muppets.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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Arletta Sloan - June 22, 2016

I think the use of the word perfect is going to set off a lot of people who do not understand what it means in this context. Setting that aside, as someone who has been mostly this shape (pictured) and then became various other shapes, who observed the attitudes of men who claim a preference for some other shape when this shape is not around or when they thought they were being judged by other people who allegedly liked some other shape, etc. I’d have to concur with their findings.

Then, I’d have to point out that there are men who are definitely NOT looking for fertility, who are abusive and prefer a woman to look like a sex toy or a mutilated sex toy, men who really prefer men but insist on dating women, men who see past all that junk and look at personality instead, men who maybe have a basic preference of type but who are looking for a woman who can help build a house or who really likes to dive, or whatever it is they’re into, and, are going to make that more of a criteria than her height, weight, boob or waist size (at least, to some degree). And, then, there are the men who love feet and would only be interested in her if her feet were their idea of perfection or at least really interesting, and, oh, whatever else people get up to.

But, yeah, I believe there are certain face and body shapes that the majority of human beings find attractive, regardless of race, age, ethnicity, etc. I do not believe it means people outside of the Golden Ratio or whatever this is going to be named are not also beautiful, attractive, pretty or etc. But, sure- there are certain shapes, heights and features that are so widely appealing they are a sure bet to put in a movie, a commercial, etc. to get mostly everyone that watches interested in what they are trying to sell.

Hence why Sean Connery is often considered as sexy by someone’s granddaughter as he is considered by that same person’s grandmother. Hence why people still like to look at pictures of Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Page. I don’t know about the height thing, but, a good deal of the starlets and models of the past who are still drooled over today happen to have a figure a good deal like this lady’s figure. Bettie Page appears to have a slightly smaller bust and a slightly smaller waistline, but, otherwise, there you go! Jayne Mansfield has a much smaller waist and a giant ribcage that mimics some of the breast size, but, otherwise, there you go. Marilyn Monroe was pretty much right on the money, with variations due to weight gain or loss.

It’s no use denying that there is some universal attractive ideal for men or women. The entertainment industry has proven it, time and time again. The movie stars, etc. and the real world people who are attractive beyond that ideal, then, should be proud, because, if everyone is attracted to this lady’s shape, then, any women who is not this shape but who still attracts many is, in fact, someone who is attracting them by who they are as a person. And, let me tell you, that feels a whole lot better than people just being attracted by your looks.

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Suzy Rodriquez - June 22, 2016

Once again, women are being judged by their appearance. Yes, the model featured is very beautiful, but how many women look like this? So thin women should now feel that they are inadequate? How about women with small breasts and big butts? And who cares what so called ‘scientists’ say? Obviously, it really doesn’t matter what the ideal female figure is as we can all attest to by the continuing human population explosion!

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Merina Madeleine - June 25, 2016

I have been saying this for years, and living it, too. Most women (who were born women) have bodies that look something like this. After being on diets since I was young, at 18 I said, “No more just dieting, I was made this way.” I started working out and eating what I liked. Eventually my food tastes got more healthy. Curvy, fit, and healthier than ever. I’m an American living in Morocco now, and it’s true what they say. Africans really appreciate curves! ;o)

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Lorraine VJ - July 28, 2016

I think the ideal or perfect woman is whatever that woman happens to be when she is at her happiest.

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ncmathsadist - July 29, 2016

The fashion industry is dominated by gay men who have been promoting the notion that women are supposed to have the body of a ten year old boy, save for the fact that they have large pendulous boobs. To me, this is a very strange standard for beauty. The woman here actually looks like a … woman.

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Bima Sudiarto - July 29, 2016

Good lah. I hate skinny women.

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JingFei - August 5, 2016

I think this article is flawed because it’s western-centered. I highly doubt they asked anyone in East Asia if this was the “most attractive” body type, because it’s too big. I think she’s a beautiful woman, don’t get me wrong, but most Asian cultures prefer smaller, more slender forms ( even the traditional clothing, like kimono, accentuates these features).

So I’d have to agree with other commenters that it’s a flawed article, most likely click-bait. Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder, and is incredibly influenced by society and culture.

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HomegrownGreen - September 6, 2016

This is a dumb discussion… We are no longer cave men and do the ideal of attractive is calculated by cultural norms, woman’s livelihood, hobbies etc. we are no longer two dimensional creatures… We live in a multi dimensional world where beauty comes from the thugs that surround us, and the biological pull is much smaller, and potentially only initial. But that woman is absolutely beautiful in my eyes…

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Devesh Tanna - September 6, 2016

No way this waist is 26. More 30″. I mean Kelly Brooks as shown in photo

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Their Grandma - September 7, 2016

I’ve got the height, boobs and hips. My hubby loves me the way I am.

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Cookie - September 8, 2016

Sorry, I don’t see anything ideal about plastic implants (last pic).

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casprd - September 10, 2016

have to laugh at any article that assumes there is one standard of attractiveness. People have different tastes. What I find attractive is not the same as what someone else finds attractive.

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Robert Run - October 8, 2016

I won’t be able to read for a week.

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Tory Lichterman - October 9, 2016

i like her better than a skinny model girl. I wonder if she’d like my less than ripped form too?

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Charlotte Harder - October 9, 2016

Internet, what is wrong with you??? How can anyone in their right mind blur out parts of famous art pieces because they have breasts? Statues, paintings of extraordinary artists… check out the video at the bottom of the article. Crazy world!

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Fedeli d'amore - October 9, 2016

Generally… people don’t need this.
Not because of some prudish complaints about men, who naturally like to look at womens bodies, or prudish complaints about the women who naturally like to display themselves, to men or just to the world.
We don’t need this, not because having the idea of beauty and celebrating it is wrong, but that we do not need a rigid standard.
I agree some forms of beauty are strongly correlated to health and reproductive ability, this is also nature. And it is difficult to realistically celebrate the specific sexual ‘beauty’ of fat or morbid obesity, or the ‘beauty’ of a body that is deformed through injury or illness or genetic pathology.

But creating a ‘specification’ of the ideal is unhealthy for women and men.
Both men and women enjoy many kinds of beauty in each other, many kinds of ideals. It doesn’t need to be nailed down, and infact I would go as far to say the ‘scientific research’ is some boiled down statistic which ignores human variance, individuality, and cultural differences too.

I’m not saying theres nothing to it, but that we don’t need it. We are way too far into the realm of beauty ideals as a culture anyway.

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HonestMum - October 9, 2016

Really interesting piece, I hate all kinds of pressure on women though so hope this doesn’t make women feel like have to conform to being curvy. I wish the media would celebrate all kinds of bodies, all feels so limiting.

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