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Dating Site Ditches 30K Ugly Members

Thousands wrongfully accepted after computer virus

(Newser) - Imagine the reaction as founders of dating site watched 30,000 “ugly people” get accepted to their site over a six-week period—thanks to a computer virus, reports the Guardian . The wrongfully admitted have since been rejected en masse, says the managing director, at the not-so-attractive price... More »

Mom Gives Daughter, 8, Botox

'I wish I'd had the same advantages,' says beautician mother

(Newser) - An addled mom is boasting that she injects Botox into her 8-year-old daughter's face every three months so she can be a "star." She also arranges body waxes for her girl. "I wish that I'd had the same advantages when I was younger," mom Kerry Campbell... More »

Beautiful People Are Also Smarter

LSE researchers find attractiveness, intelligence correlate

(Newser) - Beautiful people really do have it all, a new study suggests: They're also more likely to be intelligent. Researchers at the London School of Economics found that intelligence correlated strongly with physical attractiveness. Men judged by others in the study as handsome had IQs 13.6 points higher than the... More »

Rest Up, Look Hot: Beauty Sleep Is Real

Better-slept people look healthier, more attractive

(Newser) - The notion of “beauty sleep” is no myth: people who get more sleep are more attractive, new research suggests. A researcher in Sweden took mid-afternoon photos of 23 people between the ages of 18 and 31; some had gotten plenty of sleep the previous night, while others hadn’t... More »

Women Are Most Beautiful at 31: Study

Sorry, 32-year-olds

(Newser) - If Miley Cyrus and Taylor Momsen have you depressed and bemoaning your lost youth and beauty, chin up: You’re actually at your best at age 31. Women at 31 are the most attractive, according to a new QVC study, in part because they’re more confident and have better... More »

Beware the 'Tyranny' of Beauty

Our culture's obsession with looks is a dangerous thing

(Newser) - Apparently, "looksism" is the new buzzword. We've got Debrahlee Lorenzana , the Citibank worker who says she was fired for being too hot, and American Apparel accused of weeding out job applicants for not being hot enough. Now Meghan Daum takes note of a new book (the Beauty Bias, by... More »

Will She Be the First Aboriginal Supermodel?

'Smoldering' Samantha Harris wows Aussies

(Newser) - A striking Aboriginal model has nailed the cover of Australian Vogue after Aussie Fashion Week fans were blown away by her "smoldering beauty"—and may be on her way to being the first Aboriginal supermodel. Samantha Harris, 19, showed off creations by 18 different designers at Australian Fashion... More »

In Recession, Curves Are Beautiful

Tough times add weight to Americans' ideal beauty

(Newser) - During recessions, Americans’ idea of female beauty has more curves. That’s according to a pair of studies, which compared the waist, bust and other measurements of popular actresses and Playboy Playmates to yearly economic data. And in down cycles, the extra few inches associated with maturity and strength are... More »

Women in Healthy Nations Prefer Metrosexual Look

Macho look popular in disease-plagued countries

(Newser) - Whether a woman finds herself attracted to big-jawed macho types or softer, more feminine-looking men may be a question of health. A new study of women in 30 countries found that those in places where life expectancy is low and disease rates are high, like Mexico, preferred men with masculine... More »

20 Resolutions You Can Actually Achieve

Breaking down large goals makes them more realistic

(Newser) - New Year’s resolutions to lose 20 pounds, clean out all your closets, and cut your grocery budget in half not quite working out? That’s likely because your goals are too large. Here are 20 tasks you can accomplish, all of which are “no more challenging than reaching... More »

Hair-Curling Gene Found

Findings may pave way for a hair-straightening pill

(Newser) - Scientists have discovered the root of curly hair, potentially paving the way for a hair-straightening pill. But don't throw out your hot irons yet—the findings, published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, will probably first be applied to the field of forensics. Understanding curls could help cops catch... More »

5 Ugly Beauty Biz Facts

Toxic chemicals lurk in products

(Newser) - The beauty industry banks $500 billion a year by helping people hide the epidermal truth—so it should come as no surprise that the biz glosses over a few facts. Treehugger lists five:
  • Skin-toxic chemicals lurk in many skincare products, "and trigger skin problems such as rashes, redness, acne,
... More »

Study: Talking to Pretty Women Makes Men Stupid

Trying to impress women can take up all the male brain's power, experiment finds

(Newser) - Men literally lose their minds when talking to women they find attractive, a new study finds. A group of Dutch psychologists—inspired to carry out the experiment after one of them forgot his address while talking to a pretty woman—tested the memory skills of 40 heterosexual volunteers before and... More »

I'm Too Hot to Get Good Roles: Biel

Actress wishes she could at least audition

(Newser) - Jessica Biel, whose latest film is going straight to DVD, wants a career like Scarlett Johansson or Natalie Portman. What’s holding her back? Her looks, she tells Allure. Being so hot “really is a problem” when it comes to getting good roles, she says, adding, “I have... More »

Butt Wait a Sec: First Lady Derrières Shouldn't Matter

(Newser) - European reporters celebrated the “battle of the bottoms” between Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and Princess Letizia of Spain last week, a display “so bonkersly old-fashioned that I hardly know what to say,” India Knight writes in the Times of London. Beauty is worth praising, she admits, but why does... More »

Geithner's Brother Thinks He's Beautiful

Treasury's Tim makes top 50 at People ... where brother is exec

(Newser) - Did you do a double take when you saw Tim Geithner on People’s 50-most-beautiful-people list? Joe Weisenthal of the Business Insider did. Geithner has all the sex appeal of a lifelong bureaucrat—which, um, he is. Weisenthal finds that People executive David Geithner is the Treasury chief’s brother.... More »

Applegate Tops Most Beautiful List

First lady joins Hollywood stars in People 's annual list

(Newser) - Cancer survivor Christina Applegate has clinched the coveted cover spot on People's annual World's 100 Most Beautiful issue. Standbys like Angelina Jolie, Hugh Jackman, and George Clooney also made the list, but there are plenty of newcomers:
  • Slumdog Millionare stars Dev Patel and Freida Pinto
  • Michelle Obama make the list;
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Writer Probes the Land of Lipo

(Newser) - Hoping for a firsthand glimpse at the $13 billion cosmetic-surgery industry, an undercover writer visited three surgeons to ask what could be improved—on her 27-year-old, 5-foot 9-inch, 120-lb. body. “Are teenybopper idols and those who emulate them freely choosing plastic surgery? Or is plastic surgery choosing them?” Melanie... More »

First Lady Is Hot, and Celebs Love It

Michelle is 'bringing it,' Star Jones applauds

(Newser) - Michelle Obama is bringing sexy back … to the White House, the New York Daily News reports. “She is a straight-up beautiful African-American woman and you all better step back,” said Star Jones, while singer Monica declared, “She can pull off anything she wants.” TV host... More »

Want Better Lashes? There's a Drug for That

Botox maker sees another jackpot in Latisse, due this month

(Newser) - The company behind Botox sees another hit with the first federally approved drug for growing longer, fuller eyelashes, the New York Times reports. The $120 monthly price tag for Latisse, based on a glaucoma drug, makes some analysts blink, particularly during recession. “If you think about it in terms... More »

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