The Golden Ratio of Beauty

Beauty is not so much in the eye of the beholder as in the mathematics. What does mathematics have to do with beauty? Actually, quite a lot. Physical attraction depends on a scientific formula called, ‘The Golden Ratio’.

Time and again, research has proven that our attraction to another person’s face or body increases if that body is symmetrical and in proportion. Scientists believe that we perceive proportional features to be healthier. Researchers have calculated the ratios of the “perfect” face and claim that celebrities including Jessica Alba, Liz Hurley, Jessica Simpson and Shania Twain have the magic formula. Ironically, Angelina Jolie does not fit the criteria.

"Golden girl'

But Florence Colgate, an 18 year-old student from Great Britain, does. The winner of a Britain-wide beauty contest sponsored by Lorraine Cosmetics, Colgate has mathematically perfect looks, according to statistics reported by the Daily Mail. Not only is the 18-year-old’s face perfectly symmetrical, but she has the “optimum ratio” between her mouth, eyes, chin, and forehead.

Scientists say that in a perfectly proportioned face, the distance between the eyes would be 46 percent of the whole width of the face. The other perfect dimension was when the distance between her eyes and mouth was just over a third, or 36 per cent, of the overall length of her face from hairline to chin.

The competition, called “Lorraine: Naked,” judged contestants without makeup. Contestants who had undergone plastic surgery were not allowed.  As the winner, Colgate will be featured on billboards at Superdrug stores throughout England.

Understanding the importance of the Golden Ratio, in how others perceive us as beautiful…it’s no small wonder that plastic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic procedures have become more popular.  It is ‘the great equalizer’ for those who were not born perfect.  It evens up the odds…and our features – and gives us all a fair chance at beauty.