Physical attractiveness: The influence of selected torso parameters


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 by female subjects.

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Horvath, T. Physical attractiveness: The influence of selected torso parameters. Arch Sex Behav 10, 21–24 (1981).

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Key words

  • physique attractiveness
  • breast size
  • figure curvedness
  • shoulder width
  • muscularity
  • waist fat