Even though Audrey Hepburn’s looks were a little unusual at the time when she gained popularity, this didn’t stop her from becoming a fashion icon down the ages. Hepburn was thinner than most women of her era, a fact that was emphasized in her role in Love in the Afternoon where Gary Cooper refers to her as the “thin girl” because he doesn’t know her name. Still, there was something very appealing, almost child-like about Hepburn’s face, with her large eyes and delicate bone structure.
Women with Small Chins and Less Prominent Brows
One point that isn’t often remarked upon is the fact that Hepburn has a small chin and a less prominent brow. If you look at posters of Hepburn, this fact becomes immediately obvious. Her chin is a lot smaller than many other famous actresses over the years, including Marilyn Monroe and Angelina Jolie. Of course, these other actresses do also have smaller chins than those generally found in the population. And you couldn’t, by any stretch of the imagination, refer to them as having a prominent brow. Yet, this fact is not generally noticed by people except unconsciously.
Evolutionary biologists, however, claim that male sexuality draws them towards women with smaller chins and less prominent brows for a reason—these features signal that they have higher estrogen levels and are therefore more fertile.
Men with Strong Jaws and Prominent Brows
The same thing applies to men except that here, the features are reversed. We unconsciously look for men with strong jaws and prominent brows. Check out any photograph of Brad Pitt and you’ll see that masculine-looking jaw which has no doubt helped in making him as popular as he is today. If you look at older actors such as Clark Gable, for example, you’ll find the same thing. Gable, in fact, often tried to emphasize his brow by knitting his eyebrows together in photos. These characteristics show that these men have high testosterone levels and will make good reproductive partners, which is why we’re unconsciously attracted to them.
So the next time you’re wondering why you find a person so attractive even though they may not be conventionally handsome or beautiful, check out the size of their brow, jaw or chin. You may find that your biology is pushing you in a certain direction. Contact us for more information on the multitude of factors that affect human sexuality.