Journal of Personality and Social Psycholology, 1995 Dec;69(6):1089-101

Female judgment of male attractiveness and desirability for relationships: role of waist-to-hip ratio and financial status.*

Singh D

Department of Psychology, University of Texas, Austin 78712, USA.

Two studies were conducted to examine the role of male body shape (as defined by waist-to-hip ratio [WHR]) in female mate choice. In Study 1, college-age women judged normal-weight male figures with WHR in the typical male range as most attractive, healthy, and possessing many positive personal qualities. In Study 2, 18-69-year-old women rated normal-weight male figures with differing WHRs and purported income for casual (having coffee) to most-committed (marriage) relationships. All women, regardless of their age, education level, or family income, rated figures with WHRs in the typical male range and higher financial status more favorably. These findings are explained within an evolutionary mate selection context.

* Reproduced with permission of the APA - Jounal of Personality and Social Psychology