Beauty is something that has both enthralled and confused civilization for thousands of years. While you might think that math and science have nothing to do with aesthetics, they of played a big role in the development the arts as we know it. Something called the Golden Ratio, or Divine Proportion, is almost an integral part of what the world might call “perfect beauty.” I won’t go all mathematical on you, but basically it’s all about harmonious proportions.
Based on something called the Fibonacci Sequence, the Golden Ratio finds its origins in nature. Take a look at the symmetry here:
If you’re using the Golden Ratio as the definition of beauty, then a beautiful person should have a symmetrical and proportionate face. Nefertiti was supposed to have fit the Golden Ratio, at least based on the famous Bust of Nefertiti:
Jessica Simpson has often been cited as being close to perfectly beautiful according to the Golden Ratio. But in all the studies that have been done, no one has ever scored a perfect 10.
In terms of facial beauty, here are the ratios that define “perfect beautyÃ¢â�¬Â�:
- The ratio of the length of the face to its width is approximately 1.6. That means that the face is about 1.5 times longer than it is wide.
- The face is then divided into three sections: hairline to right in between the eyes, from between the eyes to the bottom of the nose, and from the bottom of the nose to the very bottom of the chin. The lengths of each of these segments should be about equal.
- Ear length should be equal to nose length, and the width of an eye should be equal to the distance between the eyes.
Add these three numbers together to get your ratio.
For me personally, I think numbers are numbers. That’s not to say that people whose faces fit the Golden Ratio aren’t beautiful, but I honestly do think that it’s the imperfections that make real beauty. Perfection can be boring, and it’s the small quirks that make all of us beautiful in our own interesting way. The Golden Ratio is too limiting in what is considered to be aesthetically pleasing.
What are your thoughts on the Golden Ratio? Do you think there’s any merit to the math or is it outdated and irrelevant? Share your thoughts in the comments section.