According to the Greek ratio of Phi, aka ‘The Golden Ratio of Beauty’, based on the Fibonacci sequence. Bella Hadid’s face was measured against ‘physical perfection’ by Harley Street cosmetic facial surgeon Dr Julian De Silva, who found that she statistically qualified as ‘the most beautiful woman in the world’.
Ms. Hadid’s face is the first to feature on Dr De Silva’s picture-perfect list as the exemplar goal when planning his patients’ surgeries, where he uses a combination of modern computerised mapping methods with the ancient Golden Ratio so as to obtain the desired end result. Essentially, in beauty ideals, the golden ratio holds that a perfect result is roughly 1.6, meaning a beautiful person’s face is about one and a half times longer than it is wide. De Silva found Bella’s face to rank top of the list compared with other famous female celebs, matching the Greek Golden Ratio of Beauty, Phi, at 94.35%.
The Golden Ratio has been hailed by artists alike throughout the years, most notably by Leonardo da Vinci, whom applied the geometric proportion to most of his works as it has long been considered key in creating aesthetically pleasing art. The mathematical code extends to all realms of beauty, including nature, music, architecture, design and even typography.
Dr De Silva stated that 23-year-old Hadid “was the clear winner when all elements of the face were measured for physical perfection. She had the highest overall reading for her chin which, with a score of 99.7%, is only 0.3% away from being the perfect shape.”
Harper’s Bazaar rightfully point out that symmetry and mathematical principles of ‘perfection’ are clearly not the definitive measure of physical beauty, it is often the societally deemed perceived ‘flaws’ and quirky differentiators that make people unique and attractive. Examples include Lara Stone and Lauren Hutton’s tooth gaps, Mila Kunis and Kate Bosworth’s mismatched eye colours and Barbra Streisand and Sarah Jessica Parker’s non-conforming noses. “Naturally, what the notion of beauty meant to the ancient Greeks – or to a facial cosmetic surgeon who needs tangible measurements of physical improvement – may not reflect what beauty means to you. It may not mean anything you can see at all.”
Other celebrities who made the cut include fellow supermodels Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss as well as Beyoncé, Amber Heard, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Scarlett Johansson, in respective ranking order.
Is beauty in the phi of the beholder? Let us know your thoughts!