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Pretty women have better personalities?

fashion and trends Updated: Oct 22, 2012 01:26 IST
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Beautiful women are often thought to be more social, successful, and well-adjusted as compared to their less attractive counterparts. But, a new study finds that attractive women are likely to favour social conformity and self-promotion over tolerance.

Researchers from the Open University of Israel and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem investigated 118 university students averaging around 29-years-old. Subjects then completed surveys about their values and were videotaped walking around a room, reading a weather forecast, and then leaving the room. Another 118 participants, 40 per cent being male, watched a random selection of the videos of the female subjects. Attractive women were perceived as being more extroverted, open to experiences, and conscientious — all desirable social traits. The viewers were also more likely to believe that beautiful women valued achievement compared with less attractive women.

But when the researchers looked at the women’s self-reported traits and values, they found that beautiful women were more likely to endorse conformity and self-promotion, rather than independence and tolerance.