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A beauty-map of London: ratings of the physical attractiveness of women and men in London’s boroughs

Swami, Viren and Hernandez, Eliana G. (2008) A beauty-map of London: ratings of the physical attractiveness of women and men in London’s boroughs. Personality and individual differences, 45 (5). pp. 361-366. ISSN 0191-8869

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2008.05.005

Abstract

In 1908, Francis Galton discussed anecdotal data he had collected for the compilation of a ‘beauty-map of the British Isles’. Based on his discussion, the present study attempted to compile a more empirical beauty-map of London. A community sample of 461 Londoners completed a questionnaire in which they rated the physical attractiveness of women and men in London’s 33 boroughs, as well as their familiarity with those boroughs. Results showed a significant interaction between borough and rated sex, with women being rated as more attractive across boroughs, and three boroughs in particular (the City of London, the City of Westminster, and Kensington and Chelsea) being rated high in physical attractiveness. Overall, ratings of attractiveness were significantly positively correlated with familiarity of boroughs, as well as objective measures of borough affluence (specifically, annual gross pay and average house prices) but not of borough health (life expectancy). These results are discussed in relation to the association between wealth and attractiveness, as well as Galton’s original beauty-map.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:5527
Deposited On:23 Sep 2008 12:21
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