It’s no wonder that her name means “beauty,” but is this model really the most beautiful woman in the world?
According to one expert, Bella Hadid has the most perfectly proportioned features. London-based cosmetic surgeon Dr. Julian De Silva released a report on which famous faces came closest to recreating the “Golden Ratio of Beauty,” which mathematically calculates the most appealing facial symmetry.
It was used by many artists throughout history, including Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Salvador Dali, to create the “perfect” compositions.
While the Golden Ratio is a real mathematical principle that can be found in art, architecture, nature, and even music from around the world, we are somewhat skeptical about whether Dr. De Silva’s claims are correct.
“[Bella Hadid] was the clear winner when all elements of the face were measured for physical perfection,” the plastic surgeon told notorious UK tabloid the Daily Mail. “She had the highest overall reading for her chin which, with a score of 99.7 percent, is only 0.3 percent away from being the perfect shape.”
Bella’s overall score was 94.35%, according to Dr. De Silva. He ranked Beyoncé in 2nd place (92.44%) and Amber Heard in 3rd (91.85%).
Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift rounded out the top five.
Is this just a publicity stunt to promote his cosmetic surgery practice? I’m gonna go ahead and give that a big YES!
Bella Hadid is a gorgeous woman–but to claim that she’s the most beautiful face in the world is outrageous. I’m not going to run out and find a Botox specialist near me so that I can attempt to recreate her look.
We’ve always been tempted to rank our most beautiful women (and men, too) ever since Helen of Troy and a face that launched a thousand ships. It’s tempting to look for a mathematical formula to calculate beauty, but there’s so much more to beauty than mere symmetry.
Even though Bella’s “eyebrows, nose, lips, chin, jaw, and facial shape … came closest to the ancient Greeks’ idea of perfection,” according to Dr. De Silva’s Instagram post, people are more than just a sum of their parts.
For one thing, the exercise failed to take into account other cultures’ ideals of beauty. For example, in China, the current ideal is a “melon seed face” that features high, wide cheekbones and a small, pointed chin. Those ideals also change over time.
The image being pushed by Instagram influencers like the Kardashians–extremely full lips, chiseled features, and heavy brows–is almost the complete opposite of the preferred look during the 1920s when starlets like Clara Bow intentionally made their lips look smaller and drew on thin, straight brows.
And honestly, any study that ranks Beyoncé below ANYBODY on the planet is clearly wrong.