I am often surprised at which famous women men find attractive. Almost all famous women are objectively physically attractive; that is to say, while some of them may not be bombshells or traffic stoppers, no one would rank them in the lower half of attractiveness if grouped with nine other random women from Averagetown, U.S.A. Yes, even without their hair, makeup, and wardrobe done by Hollywood professionals, these women would still be ranked in the top half, probably top third, of attractiveness in comparison with a truly random sampling of women of similar age.
But what makes a woman cross over into gorgeous or hot territory, in a man’s opinion? (Besides big boobs, I mean.) I worked with someone once who said he thought Hilary Duff was hot. My jaw just about hit the ground. Speaking as a woman: cute, yes. Hot? NO. I just read a comment on a blog that said that Lauren Conrad of The Hills was gorgeous. Again: cute, yes. Gorgeous? That’s stretching it a little, unless your standard definition of gorgeous is “generic Orange County co-ed.” And what about the men who think actresses like Natalie Portman and Kristin Kreuk are hot? I see beautiful faces paired with bodies shaped like an adolescent boy’s. That’s supposed to be hot?
I think that for women, beauty in other women is aspirational. Women look for the women whose perfect proportions don’t seem like work at all. And those women are rare. We see very easily the slightly too wide shoulders, the narrow hips, the brows that need constant grooming or they’ll hijack the face, the body that needs a strict diet and exercise to stay so thin. It’s hard for women, even the most attractive ones, to hide imperfections from the critical eyes of other women. Men, on the other hand, seem to have much simpler criteria and not as stringent standards. I suppose this should be comforting…except for the fact that most of us will never come close to looking as good as a famous woman, and most men will never have a chance with one.
Any male readers care to enlighten?