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Catherine gets the beauty nod - from people who would know

Sep 24 2004

The Western Mail


FILM stars Catherine Zeta Jones and Hugh Jackman embody beauty in the 21st Century, according to a study by plastic surgeons.

But what passes as beautiful has changed through the generations, according to the survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).

The surgeons were asked to look at pictures of celebrities from the 1960s to the present day, to see how attitudes towards beauty have changed.

"While beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, this survey shows how facial attractiveness transcends time," said Dr Steven Pearlman, president of the AAFPRS, yesterday.

In the 1960s, in the era of free love, wide eyes were in.

Legendary screen star Elizabeth Taylor, with her porcelain skin and well-proportioned eyes, won the most votes for the decade, with 38%.

In the male category Paul Newman got 42% of the votes for his well defined eyes and lips.

Fair Lady Audrey Hepburn followed Taylor with 26% of the votes, while the tall, dark and handsome Cary Grant got 38% in the male category.

In the disco decade, the 1970s, thick eyebrows were the order of the day.

Icons such as Farrah Fawcett and Robert Redford each received 70% of the votes.


Farrah Fawcett's delicate nose and chin and well-developed cheek bones gave her the face of this decade, while Robert Redford's nose and strong jaw line illustrated why he was selected," he added.

The 1980s saw glamorous big hair and bold make-up.

Model Christie Brinkley won 49% of the votes and Mel Gibson 33% during this decade, while Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford came in second with 38% and 30%, respectively.

The 1990s was for supermodels and marked a change in the ideal face of beauty.

Cindy Crawford received 40% of the votes and George Clooney 29%.

"Supermodel Cindy Crawford was likely chosen by our members because of her flawless skin, attractive nose and recognisable lips," Dr Pearlman said.

"Clooney possesses a strong jaw and straight, masculine nose," he added.

Nicole Kidman came in second with 14% of the votes and ex-husband Tom Cruise got 22%.

In the current decade the face of beauty is Swansea-born Catherine Zeta-Jones, the surgeons decided. Zeta-Jones got 31% and Hugh Jackman 26% of the votes.

Charlize Theron won 23% while Lucy Liu got just 1%.

In the male category, Irish heart-throb Colin Farrell got 21%, just behind Jackman.

Justin Timberlake got just 3% - although girlfriend Cameron Diaz may disagree.

"Zeta Jones has a short delicate jaw with small chin and nose, all of which are desirable for an attractive female face," said Dr Pearlman.

The surgeons agreed that the bone structure of the face determined attractiveness.

They said a well-proportioned face should be divided into equal thirds, with horizontal lines drawn through the hairline, the brow, the base of the nose, and the edge of the chin.


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