Part 2 What Makes You Sexy - BBC Explorations | Storyteller Media





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Published on Nov 3, 2009

First Impressions are what count.

Which physical features light the flames of passion when we see a stranger

across a crowded room? And why do women's faces subtly change over the

course of every month?

What makes you sexy and attractive to the opposite sex?

Everyday, attraction starts the same way for millions of people around the

world with a glance.

But which physical features light the flames of passion when we see a stranger

across a crowded room? The signs of beauty turn out to be the same the

world over and were biologically programmed to spot them. And its all

because beauty is the bait we use to attract a mate.

Surprisingly, the very first impression we make on other people often has

nothing to do with our faces or our figures. Its the way we move.

Good movers are sexy because they come across as fit, healthy and

co-ordinated. And that means they're likely to have good genes. Just what you

want in a partner with whom you might start a family.

When it comes to beautiful faces we reveal that symmetry is the key. To prove

this theory leading experts at the University of St Andrew's in Scotland analyse

the faces of two models, Hannah and Jason.

Incredibly, experiments at the University of Newcastle in England have found

women's faces become more symmetrical and attractive to men when they're


Its a bombshell revealing that, like many animals, human females can become

more desirable to males when they're ready to conceive.

And a woman's monthly cycle has another trick to play. It can change her taste

in men. While ovulating she may find more masculine looking partners

attractive, possibly because their features are associated with strong genes.

What about the future of beauty? As we make huge advances in genetic

engineering and cosmetic surgery were gaining the power to completely

transform the way we look.

More and more people may use this knowledge to push the rules of attraction

to extremes. Fantasy will become reality - some women could even end up

looking like Lara Croft

Whatever happens in the future, the best way to make a big first impression

will remain the same: just smile.

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