Attractive Face Scale

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These women do not exist. They each are a composite of about 30 faces that I created to find out the current standard of good looks on the Internet.
On the popular Hot or Not web site, people rate others’ attractiveness on a scale of 1 to 10. An average score based on hundreds or even thousands of individual ratings takes only a few days to emerge.
I collected some photos from the site, sorted them by rank and used SquirlzMorph to create multi-morph composites from them. Unlike projects like Face of Tomorrow or Beauty Check where the subjects are posed for the purpose, the portraits are blurry because the source images are low resolution with differences in posture, hair styles, glasses, etc, so that I could use only 36 control points for the morphs.
What did I conclude about good looks from these virtual faces? First, morphs tend to be prettier than their sources because face asymmetries and skin blemishes average out. However, the low score images show that fat is not attractive. The high scores tend to have narrow faces. I will leave it to you to find more differences and to do a similar project for men.

My other two images on attractiveness are here and here.

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  1. Curious Sarah 55 months ago | reply

    I love this idea. Some of them look a bit like valerie bertinelli.

  2. alxflickrrr 54 months ago | reply

    Nice idea. Thanks for sharing!

  3. caseorganic 53 months ago | reply

    Thanks for this. I've also done some HotorNot experiments, but nothing like this. Well done.

  4. schietti 51 months ago | reply

    great initiative... it's a relevant project, no doubt about it.

  5. tavshande 49 months ago | reply

    Very cool, There is now an iPhone app that measures how attractive someones face is on a scale from 1-10. It works for guys and girls.

    www.tavshande.com/vanity/

    itunes.apple.com/us/app/vanity/id318044093?mt=8

    there is also a website with scores from celebrities:

    www.thevanityreport.com

    Tiger Woods is the latest celeb to be rated by vanity.

  6. kill4hum 49 months ago | reply

    Not surprising, but still very interesting. Do one for guys.

  7. Larry Moran 47 months ago | reply

    Well done and interesting. : )

  8. ALiebe 43 months ago | reply

    Hello Pierre,
    These are incredible. I was wondering if I could ask you for permission to use the most attractive one and the least attractive one for a college psychology project. I would credit you by name or by flickr name and website or whatever you would like, so that if the article was presented, you would receive credit.

    Allie

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  10. 79d0bac0434a5f6a180581d1c6a6351a 40 months ago | reply

    Dear photographer.

    I am a researcher in facial recognition and am doing a survey on attractivenss. Your pictures would surve my purpose perfectly. I Know I can freely use your pictures if I give credit to you. So my question is how do you want te get crediter (format) user name on flickr is a bit informal

  11. Dragan* 34 months ago | reply


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  12. a.j.schouten 26 months ago | reply


    Hea Pierre, question - I am part of a social neuroscience research group and we are doing
    an experiment on social comparision and attractiveness. We also use face morphs to acces different degrees of attractiveness. We are now in the stadium of finding more raw (rated) data to use in our morphs. Do you still have acces to the faces you used in your morphs? If you do, are you willing to share them? Please contact us at a.j.schouten@students.uu.nl

  13. Karlaofallpeople 16 months ago | reply

    I love how racism, sexism and casual dismissal of personality are so well balanced here. Awesome job

  14. lindaray23 10 months ago | reply

    Interesting, been doing my own tests with faces from www.pictures2rate.com/

  15. Melponeme_k 10 months ago | reply

    The higher the score, the blander the face. I've recreated a lot of actresses, models and historical faces in Second Life as avatars. They all had interesting asymmetrical features even though they were considered outstanding beauties. Most times, the more average the face the more attractive. But just a little oddness on an average face makes a beauty. So I suppose the human eye doesn't trust total symmetry. There has to be some difference.

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