According to research published in the Guardian carried out at the University of Westminster by a couple of psychologists, Viren Swami and Eliana Hernandez – perceptions of wealth are linked to perceptions of beauty.
And according to the article I am among the ugliest people in London!
Of course, the study is interesting from the point that the wealthiest boroughs were most favourably perceived.
The findings shed light on how people come to think of others as attractive, the researchers claim. “There are two things this brings out. First, perhaps people in affluent areas have fewer disadvantages in life, smile a lot more, are less stressed and maybe they are seen as more attractive because of that. But secondly, the more important thing is that the rich get to control perceptions of what is attractive. Extreme thinness shouldn’t be attractive, but the rich in this country propagate that ideal through the media. The rich usually decide what is attractive for us culturally,” said Swami
The research paper can be read here, but for a price I couldn’t afford to pay – still I don’t need to, I can already see that where I live is right at the bottom of the list! I shouldn’t say this, but I’m almost proud.
“I may here speak of some attempts by myself, to obtain materials for a ‘Beauty Map” of the British Isles. Whenever I have occasion to classify the persons I meet into three classes, “good, medium, bad,” I use a needle mounted as a pricker, wherewith to prick holes, unseen, in a piece of paper, torn rudely into a cross with a long leg. I use its upper end for “good”, the cross arm for “medium,” the lower end for “bad.” The prick-holes keep distinct, and are easily read off at leisure. The object, place, and date are written on the paper. I used this plan for my beauty data, classifying the girls I passed in streets or elsewhere as attractive, indifferent, or repellent. Of course this was a purely individual estimate, but it was consistent, judging from the conformity of different attempts in the same population. I found London to rank highest for beauty: Aberdeen lowest.
“Memories of My Life”, p 315
So it could be worse I could be living in Aberdeen…