Last updated at 8:42 AM on 26th August 2011
The popular saying would have us believe that gentlemen prefer blondes. But while the old adage may trip off the tongue, according to new findings, it no longer holds weight.
A study found that gentlemen, in fact, overwhelmingly prefer brunettes. The 2,000 men were polled by social network site Badoo to find out the features they find most attractive in the opposite sex.
Far from men finding blondes the most sexually attractive, the study found that more than 60 per cent said they preferred raven-haired beauties over their blonde counterparts.
A third of all those polled – 33.1 per cent – said they find brown hair the most attractive, while 28.6 said they liked black – making up a total of 59.7 per cent over all preferring dark-haired girls.
Those gentlemen who indeed do prefer blondes made up just 29.5 per cent of the vote, while redheads came in as the least popular with men, taking just 8.8 per cent of the vote.
There was also excellent news for women shackled to a life of constant dieting by the misguided notion that men prefer women with a model-like physique.
Actually, the largest majority – 38.8 per cent of guys – looked for an ‘average’ dress size of 12 to 14 in their perfect woman, with only 10 per cent looking for a size 6 to 8.
Women with a ‘curvy’ dress size of 14 to 18 came in as the second most popular size – roof indeed that while magazines fill their pages with skinny models, UK males actually prefer a more rounded build.
Unsurprisingly though, men do have a limit. To be too curvy was deemed unpopular, with only 4.2 per cent expressing a preference for women size 18 plus.
When it comes to eye colour though, the dark side was trounced by the light, with a massive 40.2 of men preferring blue eyes over any other colour.
Brown eyes came second with 29.2 per cent, green 17.5 per cent and hazel 13.1 per cent.
The attributes add up to make TOWIE’s Lauren Goodger the image of the nation’s ideal woman, with her ‘average’ figure, brown hair and blue eyes.
Actress Megan Fox also fits the bill, while Angelina Jolie, with her light eyes and brown hair wins the hearts of many men – though according to the figures, she would lose favour for her very slim physique.
Badoo also ran the study in France, Spain, Italy, U.S. and Brazil, with surprising results.
Only the French said they preferred their woman skinny, with all others saying they prefer their women curvy, with a dress size from 12-14.
Shockingly, not one of the countries surveyed expressed blonde as their favourite hair colour. In all of the countries surveyed, black was the most popular hair colour, with the exception the UK, where men preferred brown.
WHAT BRITISH MEN REALLY WANT IN A WOMAN
|BLUE – 40.1%||BROWN – 33.1%||AVERAGE (12-14) – 38.8%|
|BROWN – 29.2%||BLONDE – 29.5%||CURVY (14-18) – 25.5%|
|GREEN – 17.5%||BLACK – 28.6%||SKINNY (6-8) – 10.7%|
|HAZEL – 13.1%||RED – 8.8%||FULL FIGURED (18+) – 4.2%|
The UK was also the only country that opted for blue eyes as the ideal colour, with brown and green topping the table around the world.
Lloyd Price, from Badoo, said, ‘I was amazed that blonde hair and size 8 did not top the list.
‘Magazines are full of skinny blonde models, so it is nice to see that in reality guys prefer the girl next door look.
Lauren Goodger’s boyfriend Mark Wright is clearly a lucky man in the eyes on the nation.’
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