1. (of a person, especially a woman or child) attractive in a delicate way without being truly beautiful: "a pretty little girl with an engaging grin"
This led me to ask, Well, what is attractive? And what is in a delicate way???
So... I googled the definition of attractive:
1. pleasing or appealing to the senses: 'an attractive village"
Other definitions given were:
- (of a person) appealing to look at; sexually alluring:
- having qualities or features which arouse interest
- relating to attraction between physical objects
This then led me to another question - What makes someone appealing?
What do you think?
Is it their face, or how they smell - their scent or perfume, or the money in their pocket, or the clothes they're wearing? Or something else?
During the European Renaissance, renowned artists and architects used an equation known as the "golden ratio" to map out their masterpieces. Thousands of years later, scientists adopted this mathematical formula to help explain why some people are considered beautiful…and others are not.
A. First, Dr. Schmid measures the length and width of the face. Then, she divides the length by the width. The ideal result—as defined by the golden ratio—is roughly 1.6, which means a beautiful person's face is about 1 1/2 times longer than it is wide.
B. Next, Dr. Schmid measures three segments of the face—from the forehead hairline to a spot between the eyes, from between the eyes to the bottom of the nose, and from the bottom of the nose to the bottom of the chin. If the numbers are equal, a person is considered more beautiful.
C. Finally, statisticians measure other facial features to determine symmetry and proportion. On a perfect face, Dr. Schmid says the length of an ear is equal to the length the nose, and the width of an eye is equal to the distance between the eyes.
Most people score between 4 and 6, and Dr. Schmid says no one has ever been a perfect 10.
I find this whole thing crazy. What do you think?
Does this mean beauty is an imperfect face because no one has a score of 10?
Robert has written a series of books, and presented speaking engagements, about his life having been born with a facial tumour and legs that didn't form properly. His books are titled 'Ugly'.
The photo below is how I clearly remember Robert. It was after his operation, in the ward with the bandage on his head. I thought he was cute and I thought it was pretty cool that the doctors were able to help fix his nose. I was more traumatised by seeing a baby lying in a cot with his head taking up most of the width of the cot because he had hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain) and was dying.
I went searching for memes about about being pretty. And to my surprise what I found was that most of the memes referred to other qualities rather than the face. Does this mean that society is changing its definition? I am unsure about that. What would the cosmetic industry do without the generalised perception of beauty? But, I do think there are plenty of people in society, who see through the shallow definition.