Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi: How Genetics and Lifestyle Make Couples Resemble Each Other

Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi: How Genetics and Lifestyle Make Couples Resemble Each Other

People jokingly talk about how couples start to resemble each other after a few years of the married lifestyle.  However, a study at the University of Liverpool in England shows that people are actually attracted to others who look like themselves.  Not only do we tend to get together with and marry people who resemble us, we also start to look more and more like them as time goes on.

Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi

Part of the reason why people look similar is genetic.  People might be born with blond hair and blue eyes.  Take Ellen Degeneres and Portia Rossi, for example.  The two have been a celebrity couple for some time.  They’re both blond-haired and blue-eyed and, despite the fact that Ellen usually goes in for more boyish attire, they are actually both quite curvy.  They also have conventionally beautiful oval faces and appealing smiles.

After being with Ellen for a while, you see that Portia is beginning to change quite a bit as well.  Not only has she cut her hair short, she is also beginning to dress more androgynously.  So there are genetic similarities between the two women and they’ve also started to copy each other in terms of how they groom themselves.

How Subtle Similarities Affect Selection

Also, sometimes, the similarities between couples can be more subtle.  For example, studies show that the similarities lie in lung volume, middle finger lengths, ear lobe lengths, overall ear size, neck and wrist circumference and metabolic rates.  So the next time you’re spending time with your partner, go ahead and give each other the finger!  This way, you’ll find out if you were attracted to each other because of this biological determinant.

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