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Aye of the beholder

india Updated: Feb 18, 2010 23:16 IST

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In yet another of those great anthropological exercises that Anglo-Saxons in general and the British in particular revel in, we desis now know that Britons find Americans the most attractive bunch of people in the world. This doesn’t really come as a surprise, as ‘soft power’ is still very much a domain of the beautiful people of the United States — whether it be in the realm of movies, music or glamour.

The survey, conducted among 5,000 globe-trotting Britons, immediately confirms two things about general human aesthetics: beauty is culture-specific, Americans usually being a spunkier, shinier version of the Brits to British eyes; and that one is intensely attracted to people not from one’s own backyard. That may sound paradoxical but it really isn’t: the ideal mix being someone who fits your idea of being attractive but is from another neighbourhood. The roster of other nations that follow this British list confirms this: Brazil (exotic and tanned), Spain (Latin and tanned), Australia (sporty and tanned), Italy (wild and cultured), Sweden (blonde and icy), England (close to home). Indians, especially those who can’t get enough of approval from New Blighty, are delighted that they are

No. 8 on the ‘most attractive people in the world’ list, ahead of the country that gave the world Brigitte Bardot and more recently Zinedine Zidane.

And can we take a wild guess what 5,000 globe-trotting Indians would have chosen as their most attractive people? We bet our not-so-high cheekbones that it’ll be Indians. With the Americans lagging secretly behind. But then, a more interesting survey will provide details about why we have found folks like Rajinikanth and Govinda, not to mention Rakhi Sawant, utterly irresistible.