Who is the most beautiful woman in the world?
No, I’m not fishing for compliments (but thank you very much). And no, I’m not talking about inner beauty. I’m talking about real, physical beauty.
There are, of course, so many variables that go into our definition of beauty. There are cultural norms and personal preferences. But I’m here to tell you that there is an answer to the question above.
The most beautiful woman in the world is…
Well, maybe she’s not THE most beautiful woman in the world but she is considered a standard of beauty for one reason in particular.
Many studies have been shown to prove that facial symmetry, among other types of body proportions have a great influence on interpersonal attraction. Elizabeth Hurley has been referred to as a standard of beauty because her face is said to have a high degree of symmetry.
She’s pretty, alright. I doubt we’d ever be best pals but I’ll admit she is downright good-looking.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is Ellen Barkin. She’s often considered “unconventionally pretty.” I even remember reading an article written about her years ago. The author was trying to capture this lack of conventional beauty by saying her face looked like it had been put back together by a kindergartner. He wasn’t trying to be insulting. He was trying to capture her unique essence.
I think if someone had captured my unique essence in that way, I’d cry my eyes out for days. And I think that particular description got to me because like Ellen, my face lacks symmetry.
I’m sure that most of us have some asymmetry to our faces. I have just always felt like mine was more pronounced than others. Maybe age is accentuating it. I’m not sure. But I see it in my nose, my jaw, my mouth, my eyes. Pretty much every part of my face. And it kind of bothers me.
Is it just in my head? Are my right and left halves really all that different? And do I really have a better side? I wanted to find out. So I asked my good friend Photoshop to help me out and I’ve created two new Fadras.
This is me as a lefty. The left side of my face is duplicated so I actually have two left sides. Notice the symmetry? Of course it’s perfect with the aid of Photoshop. Is it better? It’s hard to say. I’m starting to see some skin sagging more on my left side. I have an astigmatism in my eye on the left side. And perhaps my eyes are too close together here. Or maybe I just feel odd seeing an altered version of myself. I do like my nose though.
This is me in bizarro world. I have wide-set bug eyes (in my opinion). My mouth looks sort of mean. My cheeks have no definition and my nose looks a little fat. Basically, I don’t like it.
So it turns out I’m right. I am quite asymmetrical. If you takes my halves separately, we can clearly create two brand new faces, neither of which I really like. Maybe it’s because I’ve had my face all my life.
In the end, I have to admit that accepting that which we cannot change is one of the hardest things in life. Sure, there’s plastic surgery but in general, I’m not a fan of it. Although I am rethinking that nose job idea…
What this little exercise did do is teach me that whole is greater than the sum of its parts. (Thank you, Aristotle).
How do you feel about your face? What would you change if you could?