For Indian philosopher Rabindranath Tagore, beauty was ‘’the truth of eternity’’, for the great majority of those voting for Hollywoodbuzz’s World’s 30 Most Beautiful Women of 2014, it means just two words: Monica Bellucci, and for some of us it can be measured up against things like attractiveness, self-confidence, the buying of a new pair of shoes or, why not, a really good hair day.
And even if beauty can mean so many different things and can only be recognised as such by each and every one of us, to, once more, celebrate it, hearing a great beauty of all time beautifully talk about it…
… and finding out some not so trivial trivia from among Nancy Etcoff’s – Harvard professor and author of Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty – historical-scientific observations on what could be called the human species’ (without any scientific proof) no 1 obsession, might not be such a bad idea:
1. studies show that it takes us just 150 milliseconds to appreciate the beauty of a face in the very same way we would after much longer consideration
2. in Brazil there are more ’’Avon ladies’’ than there are militaries in the army
3. in the United States, more money is spent on beauty than on education or social services
4. during times of drought and famine, Kalahari bushmen continue using animal fat for moisturizing their skin
5. in 1715 France, riots were ignited by a food shortage partially fuelled by the aristocracy’s use of flour for powdering their hair
6. the ideal proportions of beauty glorified during Antiquity then the Renaissance, like the angles and distances between eyes, nose and lips, are brought down by scientific studies on the perception of beauty.
And if these curious facts cannot possibly keep us away from the pursuit of beauty – in us and those around – we can at least see the glass half full (and best angle in the mirror) and keep from falling into anything like the narcissist’s blues, that not even Leo Tolstoy, one of the world’s most talented writers, wasn’t able to elude: ’’I was frequently subject to moments of despair. I imagined that there was no happiness on earth for a man with such a wide nose, such thick lips, and such tiny grey eyes as mine…’’ he wrote…
Monica Bellucci ranks 1st in Hollywoodbuzz’s survey. Her beauty is the most appreciated from among the votes of 4 million people, and, for years, she’s been the muse of Italian duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. Coming 3rd and, respectively, 4th are Angelina Jolie and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
Irina Shayk is 5th. And from among models is only outranked by Kate Upton (2nd place). Still, unlike the American, Shayk is a usual fixture not just on Sports Illustrated front pages, but also at Milan Fashion Week.
Gwyneth Paltrow is the beauty queen nominated by People magazine in April 2013. Let’s see if and by whom she is to loose her crown to…
Photos: swide.com, Irina Shayk, missyukisan.com