Posted November 08, 2019 in Facial Harmony

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I just returned from South Beach, where The Global Aesthetics Conference 2019 (GAC) was held last week. GAC is a gathering of some of the world’s greatest core aesthetic physicians and surgeons. I was honored to open the conference with a presentation entitled, “What is Beauty?

Bella Hadid's face with percentages showing how her facial proportions nearly 100% match the Golden Ratio, or Phi (94.5% face shape, 97.65% eyes, 94.1% lips, and 99.7% chin).

Bella Hadid’s features are nearly 100% of the ratio (1:1.618, or Phi) that define the proportions of facial beauty.

Beauty is usually classified in either subjective or objective terms. Subjective descriptions of beauty include, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it resides in the heart, it comes from within, and beauty is only skin deep.” Those who believe that beauty is objective point to precise scientific ratios that define beauty, such as Leonardo da Vinci’s “Devine Ratio,” the “Golden Ratio,” and “Phi.” All of these ratios are 1 to 1.618, or Phi. This ratio defines the proportions of beauty in nature, art, and architecture. A recent article from the UK announced that, based on Phi, Bella Hadid is currently the most beautiful woman in the world. When measured, Bella’s upper lip size to lower lip size, her eye height to width, and her other facial proportions are very close to Phi.

I discussed whether beauty changes with time influenced by societal norms (like Kim Khardashian’s butt) or if beauty is classic based on scientific ratios (as seen in Michaelango’s David or da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.). I explored why it is that we even care about beauty: it has to do with survival of our species, communicating, dating, mating (exchange of DNA), health, self-esteem, and among other things, happiness. I then discussed how we perceive beauty from others and how we project our beauty outwards to others.

Other than physical beauty, traits that help make everyone more beautiful are confidence, attitude, happiness, and energy. I concluded that beauty is both subjective and objective, quoting Audrey Hepburn, “Beauty is being the best possible version of yourself, both inside and out.”

Next time that you are in South Beach, I highly recommend that you dine at The Matador Room, where each bite of food from beginning to end is as good or better than the last. Kiki’s on the River is also excellent.

Be well,
Dr. Persky

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