Physical attractiveness

degree to which a person's physical traits are considered aesthetically pleasing or beautiful

Physical attractiveness means the different characteristics of someone's physical appearance that different people consider to be beautiful in other humans. Physical attractiveness can also include sexual attractiveness, ideas about beauty, proportions, muscular development, and appearance.

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Physical attractiveness means different things to different people and to different human cultures. There is no single definition of physical attractiveness.

In men, physical attractiveness may include slim waist[1] and height.[2] Female physical attractiveness might include youth,[3] waist-hip ratio,[4] mid upper arm circumference,[5] body mass proportion[6] and facial symmetry.[7][8]


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  5. Girl power; Human evolution.(Mothers, malnutrition and daughters) Economist (US), The, May, 22, 2003
  6. Tovee MJ, Reinhardt S, Emery JL, Cornelissen PL. 1998
  7. Berscheid and Reis, 1998
  8. Fink, B. & Penton-Voak, I.S. (2002)