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Curious study calculates the “average” female face for each country

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In a recent study, researchers from the Scottish University blended and aligned thousands of photos of women from 40 different countries to calculate the “average” face for each nation.

The resulted images are surprisingly beautiful, as aligning and blending numerous images the most part of imperfections is inevitably removed.

Truth be told the study used pictures of young women, that’s why the final images portray some well-above-the-average beauties.

The interesting thing about this study is that looking through the different photos you can really distinguish all the physiognomic peculiarities that make each population different from the other.

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  1. Mark

    what happened to somoa?

    • Faith

      And Portugal.

      • Boggle

        and the USA?

        • But most importantly, what happened to, err… Scotland!

          (And I’ve never heard of “The Scottish University” – there is Heriot Watt, Glasgow, Strathclyde, Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Aberdeen. Possibly more – I went some years back. (Wife adds: University of the West of Scotland/Paisley, Abertay Dundee, Queen Margarets – in fact, there are 15 different universities in Scotland!) Two were founded before “The Americas” was even discovered!)

          • simon

            Total agree… was going to post the sane thing…. Being Scottish the first thing I would do is scottIsh gals. I mean we gotta seriously undo the susan Boyle damage.

          • Annie

            There’s Abertay and Dundee University in Dundee alone!!!

        • puffidredz

          Easy answer to that. Because the USA is a mix of all the above and no one is indigenous to the USA except the native Indian nations and it doesn’t look like they were included in this study. There is no average face in the USA because it includes many people of different ethnicities to do so. So, if you are white in the USA, see France, Germany, England, etc. If you are black in the USA, see Chad/Cameroon, Ethiopia, South Africa, West Africa, if you are anything else, you already knew to check your home country or region.

          • Hollie

            Brazil is just as much of a melting pot as the United States, and it was still included. I am presuming the USA’s exclusion might have more to do with the simple logistics of the study. Canada and Australia were also excluded. There are quite a bit of countries that weren’t included, so it is far to say it was likely just a matter of time and resources.

          • Mahtine

            Although you’re well informed, your comment doesn’t apply here if ethnic diversity is your main argument. The USA may be composed of various ethnicities, but It’s easily just as diverse a country like Argentina, which is prominently displayed. Argentina had a flourishing slave trade, bringing in elements from the Philippines, Africa, and Asia. There are also whole demographic groups not covered here, like the huge minority of black/whites, otherwise known as mulatos (although the term isn’t deemed politically correct). To simply say “if you’re german, look at Germany” doesn’t apply either, as most people in the USA aren’t even sure of what they are, often resorting to a haphazard “percentage” of their bloodlines. To see a display of the USA would be totally interesting, but the fact that it doesn’t exist in this display may actually show the fallibility of the study’s findings at the least.

        • rich

          it’s not really a country is it, in the old sense of the word ;-)

      • Steve

        Portugal was just a nose :P

    • Admin

      Somoa is there. Image 4

  2. Julia

    I don’t see anything “average” about this lot to be honest. The casting brief must have said “mega babes only.”

    • ashley

      It is a fact that the more averaged a face is the more attractive the person is to us, because when you “average” something out you end up making the extremes none existent and end up with a perfectly proportional face which has been known to look more attractive even to babies who prefer looking at proportional faces (this fact is also found in psychological theories of attraction).

      • yessum15

        Settle down Ashley. The averaging effect you are talking about appears to be present in these photos.

        However researchers like to use the words ‘tends to’ or ‘is correlated with’ as opposed to ‘It is a fact’ because there is still a lot of research being done in this area. All the factors at play have not yet been identified.

      • Well said, Ashley!

  3. amd

    What about Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland? Or did they ignorantly mean British when they said English?

    • justsomething

      Unfortunately I think so… They probably ignorantly generalize…

    • Sigrid

      They are a lot of countries they are missing guessing they chose to ones which there were biggest differences between:P so danish, norwegian and icelandic people is quite similar to swedish people:P

    • Longshanks

      only you people believe youre any different

  4. I would send you a picture with my self to see that I am not even close to that image,and even the average people from my country..:).. I am from Romania,by the way ..in my opinion a face is not a norm ,definitely are some caracteristics in the faces of people,but this is not because of their cultural environment but probably because of its genetics and mixtures,shure you’ll see more blonds in Germany,netherlands,rusia,or England and you’ll see more black people in African ,Arabia,India,…in my opinion we can’t give a general idea about how a nation face is…I am living in Uk ,but I haven’t seen this average face on the street to be honest…I have seen nice faces and not that nice faces in both countryes ,but to generalize this face ,I think is too much..but in other way,it took you some work…

  5. simon

    You get the same effect in real life with enough beer

  6. neil

    why all the negative feedback its only a concept if its well researched then its good.

    • Tra Admiell

      No it’s not good it is just made up.

  7. toby

    Australia?

  8. What

    Utter nonsense!! Average female face? WHAT? This is neither here nor there, it means nothing.

  9. Henry

    Umm…..

    *Samoa is in the list

    And I greatly want to touch on the subject of “Average” lets use the stereotypical number average of teenage males. 1-10 10 is MOST AMAZINGLY GORGEOUS EVER! and 1 being RATHER DIE THEN MATE WITH.

    this group of photos is AVERAGED! so in other words what is 10 + 9 + 8 + 9 + 5 + 2 + 9 + 8 + 5 + 5 + 7 + 3 + 4 + 8 + 2 + 9 + 1 + 4 + 10 + 6 = 124/20 (20 different “girls”)

    average all that and your average “hotness rating” would be a 6.2… now most of these pictures are some pretty good looking women i would rate most of these photos as at about a 7-8. so what they do is take photo imaging software mixed with ALOT of math and average out the similar traits each of these girls have. high cheek bones, nose size, eye size and color, hair color, facial symmetry, etc. then they MUSH it all up into one face.

    so what this all is saying is that of all the girls included in the study, ON AVERAGE they had at least one of these features in these faces, if not looked very similar to these faces. lolz and I am really not being rude but about 99% of these faces are average in my opinion. good looking yes. very pretty yes. but everywhere i have lived “pretty” is the norm and the average. most places i have lived the MAJORITY of women walking around town that i have seen I would consider dating or mating. im saying 70%-80% of women and girls where i have lived have been very pretty…

    • Stefan

      I would agree on that. People are generally very beautiful. Stress and any other distractions in our everyday life has done enough so that we foresee the beauty of average people.

  10. Africa is a CONTINENT! Why didn’t you take a composite of actual countries INSIDE of the continent of Africa. This is B.S. to even say that there are only 4 faces in Africa! These scientists were LAZY.

    • Cas

      Australia is a continent & country & not represented. Calm down!

    • Ryan

      They’re lazy. Sure. You do the work, then.

  11. Brazen

    It’s an interesting theory, and cool to think about, but that’s all, really. I would like to point out that they did state in the little blurb above the pictures that because of blending the thousands of pictures together, none of the faces have flaws. Also, yes, Africa is a continent, but there are nations within said continent. If they were to make faces for all of Africa, they would have to do so for all of Europe, and everywhere else in the world. Assuming that their team was only made of a couple people, that would have taken a ridiculously long time.

    Anyhow, they’re all pretty, and the concept leads to curiosity. Perhaps if you wanted to see the ‘average female face’ of your country, you could make it yourself.

    :)

  12. bekky

    AUSTRALIA????

  13. mar

    Many comments point out that these supposedly “average” faces are more beautiful than the typical woman and question whether the study took a random sample of women.

    But, there’s already a perfectly good explanation: if you consider that there are hundreds of facial features (symmetry, nose, lips, chin, cheekbones, and so forth), you can expect most people to deviate greatly from average in at least one feature.

    The very few people who win a perfect average value in every feature of their face in the genetic lottery, studies find that other people consider these “perfect average” people more beautiful, and such people have a shot at a career in modeling.

  14. Jay

    Also, this isn’t science in my opinion, it is art. Don’t get me wrong, it’s cool to look at, but if i were to see it in print, I believe it’d be at a gallery.

  15. Caffrey

    Aha, the science of beer goggles

  16. john

    Philippines is convincing

  17. az

    And saudi Arabia?

  18. chaz lasek

    MADAGASCAR!!?????

  19. Bazmati

    “Average” does not mean “typical”. These faces represent combinations of many faces. All the asymmetries, blemishes and quirks are smoothed away, resulting in a beautiful effect. That doesn’t mean that these faces represent normal faces that one would expect to see in real life.

  20. shan

    What about Canada? Or most of the Americas?

  21. Sarah

    Where’s MZ?

  22. No nono

    I think this is a very useless but nice way to kill time piece of work,

    They give nothing but a tiny evidence on racial looks. They all look like the same person (almost!)

  23. Doc

    Interesting article, but where is the link to the research? Or at least information like who the researchers are and where I can find more information?

  24. Tempest

    I agree Jay. The revived “scientific” trend to create racial differences is pretty scary.

    The list is also arranged *roughly* lighter – darker skin. :-( Race is a social construct. There is only one human race, and supposedly “scientific” enterprises like this do the world a disservice.

  25. frank

    Can anyone share the specifics of how to do Photoshop layer blending (modes and opacities)to do a multi layer stacking like this? Email me at frankgross(at)gmail(dot)com please

  26. Rosie

    They all look exactly the same!!!!!!

    • Jha

      I agree, not in a criticizing way but awe inspiring way, how they all look so similar!!

  27. Juan

    I found really interesting and I was able to guess my own country average girl before reading it, but And

    what about men????????

  28. Verónica

    where’s palestine?

    • Laila

      Great question! I loved seeing this… I’m a proud Palestinian :-)

  29. um

    I’d just like to point out that this wasn’t done by some university… It was done by a guy a couple years back. This is his blog –> http://pmsol3.wordpress.com
    He does both male and female and I think even more countries than shown above.

  30. SR

    What happened to Finland? :( We have very distinct facial characteristics. Don’t lump us in with the Swedes or the Russians.

  31. Esteban

    Is it wrong to say that i’d marry every of those babes? NO, it’s not
    But OMG Hungary!!!

  32. mariam

    What about Egyptians and middle east women?

  33. Harry

    The average Philippine woman doesn’t look like that. That’s a Filipina mixed with Chinese blood/roots. The average Filipina is tan, sometimes chinky or wide eyed with Malay roots. Kinda like this:

    https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQtljUoZ5n2HmJeJaP4Xb8FhDb3PK3qM2CVSfbawioObuBtlmte

    or this
    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NVI7hhPjgew/TntF_OkcJVI/AAAAAAAAA5E/Sfs6I6LQSGA/s1600/teens.jpg

    Don’t be fooled with what the media shows you. Most Philippine celebrities had gone under whitening/under the knife.

  34. m.matthew

    Why are India and South India classified differently?
    Sorry but it’s seems like an Asian person who isn’t born and bred in India but may have ancestral link, has had a hand in this project on faces.

    Anyone who is still connected to India or has lived there for a fair amount of time – particularl in urban areas – will tell you that, south India is neither a subcategory nor a subset of India.

    Also, the northeastern part of India is populated by millions of people who look more like the Thais or the Tibetans. Those behind this endeavour obviously didn’t think about it.

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