Another day, another effort to slice and dice celebrity women into the perfect, most beautiful woman in the world. Escentual.com commissioned the study with an undisclosed number of participants to see how beauty ideals differ between men and women. Let’s see what sex monster composites both men and women would create for maximum babeliness.
Here’s the version created by men, based on “Shakira‘s cascading blonde hair, Miranda Kerr‘s button nose, the forehead of Jennifer Aniston, the Duchess of Cambridge‘s pronounced eyebrows and Angelina Jolie‘s cheekbones – as well as her famously full lips.”
Women, for their part, chose “Freida Pinto‘s glossy black mane, Keira Knightley‘s refined cheekbones, Cara Delevingne‘s bushy bold brows, Blake Lively‘s strong nose and Scarlett Johansson‘s pout.”
While these composites are certainly less terrifying that this horrifying monster, it’s still equally terrifying to me that we look at beauty with arbitrary and impossible ideals. How are any of the women on this list, with all of their original parts, not beautiful enough? Do you really want to tell me that Freida Pinto would be hotter if she had Blake Lively’s nose?
“Studies” like this further reinforce the idea that looking at women as a collection of attractive and moveable parts is acceptable. It’s irresponsible for media outlets (looking at you, The Daily Mail) to pass these off as legitimate studies that can provide any actual information without providing a sample size. Otherwise, these composites just show a small group of preferences.
Our crazed efforts to find perfection are completely futile, yet we keep making these creepy composites. There is absolutely nothing of value to be gained from mashing together features that already meet our beauty standard except to say that these women who we put on a sex pedestal as the hottest women in the world still aren’t good enough. That’s the whole point. Nobody will ever, ever be good enough. Beauty standards are a floating target, and nobody’s ever going to hit it.
Photos: escentual.com, X-Men: First Class