Is female attractiveness related to final reproductive success?

Boguslaw Pawlowski, Lynda G. Boothroyd, David I. Perrett, Sylwia Kluska

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Abstract

In order to test the assumption that female attractiveness relates to reproductive success, photographs of 47 rural Polish women taken in their youth were rated for attractiveness, and BMI at age 18 was recorded; these measures of attractiveness were then compared with their subsequent life histories. Facial attractiveness did not relate to number of children or grandchildren. It also did not relate to age of marriage or husband's education. It did relate to number of marriages and husband's height. BMI at age 18 did not relate significantly to any of the outcome variables. These results suggest that although more attractive women may have married higher quality (taller) husbands and may in ancestral population have achieved greater reproductive success this way, there is no evidence in a modern, European Catholic society for their having greater reproductive success.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-460
Number of pages4
JournalCollegium Antropologicum
Volume32
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008

Keywords

  • attractiveness
  • BMI
  • reproductive success
  • height
  • faces
  • TO-HIP-RATIO
  • BODY-FAT DISTRIBUTION
  • FACIAL ATTRACTIVENESS
  • PHYSICAL ATTRACTIVENESS
  • MASS-INDEX
  • HEIGHT
  • HEALTH
  • WOMEN
  • MEN
  • SYMMETRY

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