Hey, ladies! As women, we spend a lot of time worrying about what the perfect woman's body looks like (and how to achieve it.) But it turns out, there may be a perfect man's body as well - and it's pretty much exactly what we thought it would be.
But what does science have to say about this? What physical qualities do women really find important on a biological level?
Let's Start with Ratios
A study by Dr. Kang Lee, a psychologist at the University of Toronto, concluded that people with average-sized and well-positioned eyes were seen as the most attractive. This is because the brain is wired to look for the most mathematically average features. Why mathematically average? Biologically, it shows a diverse set of genes as well as better reproductive health.
The distance between the eyes and mouth should be about a third of the length of a man’s face, while the distance between the eyes should be slightly less than half of the face’s width.
But facial ratios aren’t the only important ratios. A British study showed that women preferred men who had bodies shaped like an inverted pyramid with broad shoulders and a small waist. The ideal waist-to-hip ratio was .86 and the ideal waist-to-chest ratio was .77. According to Men's Health, there's actually a perfect height and weight for a man. He should be at least six feet tall (as you're about to see, taller might be better), and weighs 187 lbs.
Science Says Bradley Cooper Might Be the Perfect Man
After reading all that, you might be thinking to yourself, who on earth could fit all the requirements and qualify as the world's perfect man? Ladies and gentleman, no one will be shocked to discover it's Bradley Cooper. Not only does he always rock the semi-shaven look (swoon!), but he's also tall, fit, and apparently the perfect ratio both in face and body.
So guess what? Bradley has the second most perfect face in Hollywood behind George Clooney! His face is almost exactly balanced according to the Golden Ratio, which the ancient Greeks used to find symmetry and beauty in nature. He also is the perfect weight and height - a solid 6'1". Plus, with his blue eyes and brown hair, he's hitting all the marks as the most perfect man.
Let's Break Down What Ladies Really Want in a Man
Now, you may or may not agree that Mr. Cooper is the perfect guy, but there are plenty of traits you can find on non-celebs that make men super sexy. We can't argue with science!
Some Facial Hair (but Not Like Zach Galifianakis)
According to a 2013 study from the University of New South Wales, women found men with heavy stubble to be more attractive. So tell your single male friend to skip the razor and go for a few days worth of that inevitable five o’clock shadow like John Hamm. He will end up with more right swipes and probably some extra smooches. The authors of the study write, “Facial hair correlates not only with maturity and masculinity, but also with dominance and aggression. An intermediate level of beardedness is most attractive.”
Teeth Are Important, but Don’t Smile
Remember that Katy Perry song Peacock? Well, it turns out she was kind of right. A study from the University of Leeds and the University of Central Lancashire concluded that teeth are “the human equivalent of a peacock's tail.” So the better a dude’s chompers look, the more attractive he is to women.
However, just because a man has nice teeth, doesn’t necessarily mean he should show them. A study from the University Of British Columbia showed that women were less attracted to men who smiled. Instead, they preferred men who looked proud, moody, powerful, or even ashamed. But what does this really mean? There could be a biological reason why you just aren’t into that friendly guy at the bar who smiles at you from across the room. So if you’ve been lusting after Leo DiCaprio since Titanic, it might have nothing to do with the fact that he was Jack, so much as that he hasn’t smiled on a red carpet ever since the premier.
Bodies Are More Important Than Faces
According to a 2017 study by online health provider Dr. Felix, women were attracted to specific body parts of men, proving it’s not all about what a man’s face looks like. 24% of women said the chest was the most attractive part of a man’s body, while 13% said it was the stomach area. Put those two parts together, and it’s all about the torso.
But what type of torso is the most sexy? A study conducted by UCLA showed that women were more attracted to men they rated as “built.” So what does that mean? Somewhere in the middle — not too skinny and not too “brawny.” Think David Beckham.
Sorry, Shorty, Taller Dudes Have (Yet Another) Advantage
There’s definitely more than one reason why Gwen Stefani is in love with the six-foot five, Blake Shelton. Women are attracted to taller men, according to a 2013 study conducted by Dutch psychologists. But don’t be mad at us. It turns out the reason why is something we can’t help — evolution. From a biological standpoint, women see taller men as being better able to protect them. While taller men many not technically be stronger, subconsciously, we just see them as more powerful.
When it comes to men, lots of different types are attractive. Science may say that the Hemsworth Brothers or Bradley Cooper are aesthetically perfect men, but there are plenty of ladies who prefer a Seth-Rogen-dad-bod type (raising my hand here). But to the men out there: hitting the gym, forgetting the razor for a day or two, and keeping those pearly whites sparkling may be the key to catching your lady's eye.