Sun 5 Oct, 2008 06:12 pm
These women do not exist. They each are a composite of about 30 faces that I created to find out the current standard of good looks on the Internet.
On the popular Hot or Not web site, people rate others’ attractiveness on a scale of 1 to 10. An average score based on hundreds or even thousands of individual ratings takes only a few days to emerge.
I collected some photos from the site, sorted them by rank and used SquirlzMorph to create multi-morph composites from them.
That flikr user
has done some other interesting compostite images to study attractiveness. Here are the others:
Attractiveness by Age
Attractiveness by Origin
This is the second of three images on attractiveness. The Hot or Not web site gives people the option of rating women of all ages or of seeing only a specific age group. I collected photos of women who scored at least a 9.5 average and created multi-morph composites (see some details how here).
The only thing I noticed was that the attractiveness standard people use is more lenient the older the subject. Good for me! I have a chance to appear less ugly as I age ;-).
Miss Universe contestants owe their delegation to a mix of local and universal standards of beauty (or at least the pageant’s version of universal). I created multi-morph composites (see some details how here) for each continent from photos of the delegates.
The Americas composite most closely resembles the one from all delegates while the Europe composite more closely resembles the one from the finalists. Bias in the judging or in the standard? Who knows?
More on face averaging studies
Here you can select multiple faces and generate an average face. For example, here's all of the faces they provide averaged:
Check out their other demos, as they have other neat tools to play with face research yourself.