Remember way back when people had either beauty OR brains? Not anymore!
All that may be out the door since recent studies suggest that beautiful people have a higher IQ (Read: Where there’s Beauty, there’s BRAINS!).
A study conducted by the London School of Economics found that handsome men scored 13.6 points higher than the average IQ score of 100 and beautiful women scored 11.4 points higher.
According to the NYDailyNews.com:
Since intelligent men are more inclined to achieve more success, they are “more likely to marry beautiful women,” Kanazawa said.
“Given that both intelligence and physical attractiveness are highly heritable, there should be a positive correlation between intelligence and physical attractiveness in the children’s generation.”
Having doubts? Take a quick peak at beautiful women and handsome men from Hollywood to see if these findings hold true:
John Krasinski attended Brown University, Joseph Gordon-Levitt attended Columbia and Blake Lively went to Stanford! Zachary Quinto went to Carnegie Mellon, Emma Watson is attending Brown, Kate Beckinsale went to Oxford University and Edward Norton attended Yale. And that’s just the start of the list….
Satoshi Kanazawa, the lead researcher of the study stated:
“In the samples, physical attractiveness is significantly positively associated with general intelligence, both with and without controls for social class, body size and health. The association between physical attractiveness and general intelligence is also stronger among men than among women.”
But before you start analyzing your looks and wondering if you’re doomed for life, consider this: Beauty is subjective.
In recent years, unconventional beauty has become more popular.
With such shows as America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway, there has been a focus on unique , unusual beauty, rather than a focus on more “traditional” standards. Remember that what one person (or group of persons) may think is beautiful, the same does not apply for everyone.
In a world of perfect noses, Sarah Jessica Parker made her mark. In a world of perfectly straight teeth, Vanessa Paradis showcased her talents and snagged Johnny Depp. And in a world of size 0 body frames, Christina Hendricks made herself a sex symbol.
Take Home Message: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Beauty does not always equal brains and what is considered beautiful by one, may be considered ugly by another.
In our society, beauty and brains are ever-evolving concepts, so why try and figure them out?