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Preferred: Burnettes like Catherine Zeta-Jones
 Preferred: Burnettes like Catherine Zeta-Jones

A BLOKE'S IDEAL WOMAN
Blondes may have more fun but brunettes are the top choice of partner for British blokes, says a survey.        

Rather than being wowed by platinum locks, men prefer a raven-haired beauty capable of standing on her own two feet.

Their ideal wife is sexy, caring, confident, independent - and definitely not blonde.        

The survey, carried out by online dating agency Udate.co.uk, shows that the British prefer sass to submission when choosing a partner.        

Rather than wanting a homemaker who thinks more about cup-cakes than canoodling, modern man is after a sexually confident woman who is not shy about paying her own way.        

Salma Shah, Udate.co.uk's relationship coach, said that despite the survey results there are still similarities between the ideal wife and the Stepford substitute.        

She said: "The traditional male idea of a perfect wife has not changed but modernised.        

"Looks, size, sexiness and compassion still play a major role in choosing a partner.        

"However, as the role of women in society has changed, making them more financially, socially and sexually independent, men's attitudes have modernised, too."        

The online poll questioned 750 single men and found that 78% wanted a woman with sexual confidence, equal to the number who wanted a wife who would share the household duties.        

Many still prefer slim women, with 46% including that in their top ten list of must-haves, while 62% want a partner who is prepared to split finances 50:50.  

Last Updated: 14:05 UK, Monday June 21, 2004
 
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