By Caitlin Tilley, Health Reporter for Dailymail.Com
13:44 10 December 2023, updated 14:06 10 December 2023
- A Belgian researcher conducted two online studies using pictures of famous people
- The most attractive jaws had a pronounced V-shape
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The most attractive male jaw has been revealed by researchers.
A researcher at the University of Brussels in Belgium conducted two online studies using black and white photos of famous and unknown people.
The participants – male and female – were shown a series of images of faces and asked to rate which jawline they found most attractive.
A strong, defined jawline is often considered a sign of masculinity in men.
And for women, the chiseled, angular look is often associated with traditional, classic beauty.
The jawline is considered so important to the overall look that procedures to highlight the facial area are becoming more and more popular.
For example, the number of procedures such as buccal fat removal – where the tissue in the cheekbones is cut away to make the face look thinner – and jaw filler increased by almost 70 percent in 2021
The studies aimed to determine the specifications of the “ideal” jaw angle for plastic surgeons to recreate when designing implants.
About 81 people – men and women – participated in the Male Jaw Study, which included nine questions based on a set of questions.
The eyes were covered in the photos to reduce the chances of people making decisions based on other facial features.
Celebrities shown in attendance include Ben Affleck, Brad Pitt, Colin O’Donoghue, Colton Haynes, Dean Winchester, Hrithik Roshan, Jensen Eccles, Liam Hemsworth, Matthew Bomer, Michael Fassbinder, Richard Armitage, Tahmo Peniquet and Tom Hiddleston.
Almost half of the participants were facial surgeons.
When asked which of the five pictures above was the most attractive, 52 percent chose image 1 and 36 percent chose image 5.
The researchers also asked participants to rate the width of the jaw, the steepness of the jaw from a front angle, how high on the face the jaw is, the profile view of the face, and the steepness of the jaw from a side angle.
About 74 percent of participants said that a hidden jaw — hidden by fat, loose skin or a beard — was not aesthetically pleasing.
In a separate study involving 46 men and women, participants were asked to rate a series of female jaws.
The images of the faces were a mix of famous and unknown personalities.
Among them: Angelina Jolie, Kate Moss, Mila Kunis, Irina Shayk, Scarlett Johansson, Kendall Jenner, Margot Robbie, Iris Mittener and Emma Watson.
The questionnaire had six questions about different aspects of the jaw.
The image of supermodel Kate Moss was considered the most attractive by 76 percent of participants, while the unnamed woman on the right (above), with a square face, was considered the least attractive.
About 98 percent of participants found her face unattractive
The researchers note several limitations of their study. They said: “Complete photo anonymity remains a difficult task.
“The use of models from the modeling/fashion/film industry made the likelihood of identifying individuals very high and could be a source of bias.”
The studies are published in the Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery.