Physical attractiveness: the influence of selected torso parameters

Arch Sex Behav. 1981 Feb;10(1):21-4. doi: 10.1007/BF01542671.


Front-view line drawings of male and female physiques were rated for attractiveness. Both subject sexes rated female physiques with greater curvature as less attractive. Male subjects' ratings were unaffected by breast size while female subjects showed slight negative evaluation of large breasts. Both subjects sexes rated broad shoulders as attractive in male physiques. Greater chest muscularity resulted in slightly higher attractiveness ratings; waist slimness was also judged attractive, particularly in female subjects.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude*
  • Body Weight
  • Breast
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Muscles
  • Sex Characteristics*
  • Shoulder
  • Somatotypes*
  • Thorax