Title

Universal Black female beauty: An examination of waist-to-hip ratios over forty-three years.

Publication Date

2019

Description

The present research examined the waist-to-hip ratios (WHRs) of 649 Black women who were JET “Beauties of the Week” from 1965 to 2007. It was hypothesized that mean WHR would meet the universal WHR criterion of .70 or less, indicating attractive, healthy, and fecund women. Consistent with the hypothesis, the mean WHR was .67. Additionally, there was a small positive linear trend in WHRs over time. The results for this sample of women selected by JET editors for their beauty suggest that the attractive body shape for Black women is based on a universal and biologically significant body fat ratio.

Journal

EvoS Journal: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium

Issue

Special Issue (1)

First Page

78

Last Page

87

Department

Psychology

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