Study has shown that men, just like women, stress about body image. Similarly, their self-perceptions are influenced by unrealistic standards that the media portrays. But it is now emerging that when it comes to attraction the concept of what’s appealing to us doesn’t always match what the movies and magazines dish out - whether you’re a man or a woman that’s important to remember. Ask a man or a woman what they consider to be a perfect body, and you are going to get two very different answers. What is surprising is that what a man considers as a perfect male body is far different from what a female considers to be a perfect male body. The same also applies to women. What they consider as the perfect female body is not in agreement with what men consider to be the perfect female body. And as they say beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder – what is perfect for one person may not be perfect for another.
Bluebella, a lingerie company in the UK, polled 500 men and 500 women heterosexuals with an average age of just over 19 to crate mishap images that they considered to be perfect bodies for both men and women. They were to Photoshop different body parts of celebrities to come up with what they referred to as the “super-celebrity” body.
“It’s great to see such a range of shapes and ages,” said Emily Bendell, BlueBella founder. She praised men for picking curvaceous ideals, like Michelle Keegan’s “shapely tummy” and Kim Kardashian’s breasts.
In this survey, 62 percent of the men hypothesized that women would prefer Cristiano Ronaldo’s legs, David Gandy’s torso, Hugh Jackman’s arms, Gerard Butler’s face, and Justin Bieber’s hair. The study found out that that majority of heterosexual ladies prefer James Corden’s face, Ben Cohen’s torso, Prince Harry’s hair, Jonathan Ross’ legs, and Paddy McGuinness’ arms. These results are intriguing even though the study isn’t without flaws – the outcome still involves some “idealized” version of a person, the test pool is entirely UK-based, only heterosexual men and women were accounted for. The study concludes that men with little bit of excess flab around their waists often win the day as opposed to those with well-toned bodies who were initially regarded as attractive.
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The perfect body for men differed from reality, but not by as much as ideal versus reality did for the women. The 50 men averaged out to have a waist-to-hip ratio of .87, a BMI of 24.54, and a waist-to-chest ratio of .88. According to the men, the ideal female body had a waist-to-hip ratio of .70, a BMI of 18.82, and a waist-to-chest ratio of .67. When it comes to ideal male body shapes, men and women were pretty close in agreement. They set a preferred ideal man at a waist-to-hip ratio of .86, a BMI of 24.5, and a waist-to-chest ratio of .77.
These findings are quite contrary to what the media has always made us to believe. We have been made to believe that women are attracted to beefy men with smoky eyes, thighs that look like they have undertaken some Olympic training, and glistering muscles. Some examples of these “idealized” men include Chris Hemsworth, Brad Pitt, Jason Mamoa, and Will Smith. But it turns out the ideal dude isn’t Chris, Brad, Jason or Will. It’s the “Boy Next Door.”
Even though we have our own ideas of ideal bodies, we usually don’t reject people if they don't have what we consider as perfect bodies. We decide our life partners on many factors (character, personality, etc). And as can be seen, no single individual can have a perfect body. So whether or not someone has an ideal body type is not that important at the end of the day.