Thursday, April 5, 2007

Human Beauty

"Beauty is in the phi of the beholder."

It has long been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and thought that beauty varies by race, culture or era. The evidence, however, shows that our perception of physical beauty is hard wired into our being and based entirely on how closely one's features reflect phi in their proportions. Take another look at beauty through the eyes of medical science.

A template for human beauty is found in phi and the pentagon

Dr. Stephen Marquardt has studied human beauty for years in his practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Marquardt performed cross-cultural surveys on beauty and found that all groups had the same perceptions of facial beauty. He also analyzed the human face from ancient times to the modern day. Through his research, he discovered that beauty is not only related to phi, but can be defined for both genders and for all races, cultures and eras with the beauty mask which he developed and patented. This mask uses the pentagon and decagon as its foundation, which embody phi in all their dimensions. For more information and other examples, see his site at Marquardt Beauty Analysis.

The Marquardt Beauty Mask

Marquardt Beauty Mask - Asian Marquardt Beauty Mask - Black Marquardt Beauty Mask - Caucasian
Asian Black Caucasian

Marquardt Beauty Mask - Nefertiti, Egypt, 1350 B.C.

Marquardt Beauty Mask - Aspasia, Greek 500 B.C. Marquardt Beauty Mask - Lucille Verus, Roman 164 A.D. Marquardt Beauty Mask - Moulton, 1794 A.D.
1350 B.C. Egypt 500 B.C. Greece 164 A.D. Rome 1794 A.D.

Even with a perfectly proportioned face though, there are endless variations in coloring and the shapes of each facial feature (eyes, eyebrows, lips, nose, etc.) that give rise to the distinctive appearance of each race and provide for endless variations in beauty that are as unique as each individual.

The human face communicates an incredible array of emotions which are an integral element of one's total beauty. The human face conforms most closely to phi proportions when we smile. You'll be perceived as more beautiful with a warm smile than with a cold-hearted look of anger, arrogance or contempt.

Note: The Marquardt Beauty Mask illustrations above are copyright 2001 by Dr. Stephen Marquardt at Marquardt Beauty Analysis and are used by permission.

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