As if Heidi Klum and Claudia Schiffer weren’t evidence enough, German researchers have just published a study in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal that proves something we all pretty much suspected: women with smaller waist-to-hip ratios (ie. waists that are narrower than their hips) are judged to be more attractive.
The scientists (who obviously don’t read Sports Illustrated) presented over 34,000 people with photographs of a woman whose leg length, weight, bust size, and hip width were made larger and smaller using morphing software. While the woman’s face remained the same in every photo, the majority of participants judged her to be most appealing in instances when she had a little waist and lower body weight.
Right now, all that’s been released is the abstract of the study. Stay tuned to see if the results differ between men and women—we suspect it’s the ladies who like the skinnies.