Welcome to the newest edition of The Why. “Why do sunglasses make people look sexier?” you ask? Good question. (At least it beats answering the question: “Why do they sell so many different kinds of sanitary pads at the supermarket?” Hands down. Period.)
Various online sources and surveys indicate that the general public feels wearing sunglasses makes you look sexier. Is it because a lot of people have ugly upper faces and eyes? Is it because everyone looks more like a movie star? While some of the usual online posters felt certain styles of sunglasses made girls look like “b*tches” they weren’t any help in answering this question.
NewsVine blogger “WeRdoomed” thought the phenomenon itself was strange. “We” commented:” It’s odd too because eyes are the ‘windows to the soul’ and since sunglasses make you more attractive that must mean that the soul has little to do with initial attractiveness. Maybe it’s the vulnerability of the eyes that makes us uncomfortable? “
Where your man on the street was little help with this question, research saved the day. A senior lecturer of art and design at Nottingham Trent University in the U.K., Vanessa Brown, researched this question for an academic book she had yet to publish and discussed it with ScienceOFus. She reported that she analyzed the psychological and cultural relationship between sunglasses and our modern ideas and why we look hotter in shades.
Historically, sunglasses are linked with glamor, risky business and edginess. Sunglasses did not become commonplace until almost the 1940s. According to Brown, shades were originally used mainly for risky snow and water sports and tied to “new technologies” such as air travel. Thus they were seen as “daring and thoroughly modern.”
In the 1950s celebrities started wearing them to disguise themselves and to protect themselves from the harsh “old school” explosive flashbulbs used by the paparazzi. This forever connected sunglasses with glamor.
Sunglasses add mystery. People make judgments about you by looking you in the eyes. If you put on shades you’re instantly an “intriguing presence.” Brown explained: “The eyes are such a tremendous source of information . . . and vulnerability . . .” Eye contact aids in evaluating confidence, intelligence and sincerity.
Furthermore, wearing shades allows a person to feel inscrutable. They make the wearer feel more “anonymous.” Research also indicates that this “mystery increases sexual desire.” One study revealed that gals who not certain of a guy’s feelings towards them would actually being more attracted to said men.
Finally, sunglasses make us look sexier because they make a person’s “misshapen face look better.” Research links our perception of beauty with symmetry. Shades give your face “instant symmetry.” They hide “asymmetrical oddities” near one’s eyes. They also make it appear as if one’s face has an “extra-chiseled bone structure” even if one has soft features.
Why do sunglasses make people look sexier? Now you know.
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