Screen test: four decades of beauty

FILM stars Catherine Zeta Jones and Hugh Jackman embody beauty in the 21st Century, according to a study of beauty since the 1960s 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 through time,” said Dr Steven Pearlman, president of the AAFPRS.

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.

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.

“The seventies embodied leading ladies who had defined features like Meryl Streep and Cher,” said Dr Pearlman.

“But 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.

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%.

In the current decade Catherine Zeta Jones got 31% and Hugh Jackman had 26% of the votes. Charlize Theron won 23%.

Irish heart-throb Colin Farrell got 21%, just behind Jackman.

“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 the bone structure of the face determined attractiveness.

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