Have you ever been attracted to someone who’s a super talented athlete, but not necessarily model-material? What about the opposite: Have you “known” that someone would be good at a sport based on how good looking they are?
The first phenomenon is known as “speed goggles”, or seeing fast athletes as more attractive than slow ones, and chances are we’ve all done it. (No wonder A-Rod was able to hook up with screen siren Cameron Diaz!) But what about the reverse? The idea that someone will perform better in athletic competition if they are generally regarded as beautiful or handsome. Have you thought this, and does the theory hold up?
A study performed at the University of Zurich put this idea to the test: Researchers asked participants in the study to look at portraits of cyclists competing in the 2012 Tour de France days before the start of the race. They ranked each athlete on a scale of 1 to 5, based on level of attractiveness. (more…)
Tune in this Monday, July 5 to the Oprah Show when Jessica Simpson discusses everything from the media’s obsession with her weight to her show, The Price of Beauty.
From Isabel Caro, a former fashion model suffering from an eating disorder to a Balinese woman who shares a traditional recipe for a natural face mask that hydrates and replenishes the skin, Simpson talks to Oprah about some of the amazing and heart-wrenching stories she learned while traveling the world to understand the varying concepts of beauty.
Jessica Simpson in The Price of Beauty
Jessica Simpson’s “The Price of Beauty,” which began airing in March 2010 on VH1, has yet to grasp viewer’s attention. The series, which chronicles Simpson, her sidekick hairdresser Ken Paves and her best friend Cacee Cobb traveling around the world to learn about the lengths at which women go to feel and look beautiful.
From women in Thailand who lighten their skin to look more like Westerners and to a Ugandan pre-wedding ritual where brides gain weight to be more attractive to their future husbands, The Price of Beauty seeks to shed light on the varying worldwide perceptions on beauty, weight and fashion, and offers a different view of many of the Western-held beliefs on beauty.
But the lackluster ratings have motivated VH1 to give The Price of Beauty a makeover.