What constitutes the perfect female face? One British plastic surgeon has “created” his version of the feminine ideal by combining the features of various celebrities. The end result is not exactly overwhelming. Combine the Duchess of Cambridge’s nose, Angelina Jolie’s cheeks, the eyebrows of Jennifer Lopez, Keira Knightley’s eyes, Cher’s jaw line, the lips of Penelope Cruz, the chin of Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus’ forehead and the skin of Reese Witherspoon and you get – an attractive but not strikingly beautiful face. Every woman who has a part in this face is better looking than the sum of these parts.
The plastic surgeon, Dr. Julian De Silva of London's Centre for Advanced Facial Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery developed the “perfect face” based on polling his patients for the past ten years. It’s actually a compendium of the most requested facial parts of his patients. (Really? People ask for Cher’s jaw line?)
Any plastic surgeon has had the experience of clients wanting to look exactly like a particular celebrity. It’s the doctor’s job to come up with a compromise between desire and reality. A dynamite facial feature on a certain film star could look out of place on another face, but a good plastic surgeon finds a happy medium for the patient. De Silva notes that the Duchess of Cambridge’s nose is “mathematically perfect,” and actually is a good choice for many clients wanting a nasal makeover.
If there was ever a perfect face in modern times, it belonged to the late Elizabeth Taylor. For younger people unfamiliar with this great beauty, look her up online and gaze upon photos of her in her 20s and 30s. Although she was undeniably gorgeous, her features went beyond that. Most actors have a “good side” and a not quite as good side, and prefer to have photos taken on the former. Photographers raved about Taylor because her face was perfectly proportionate, and it was virtually impossible to take a bad picture of her. For many years, she was considered the most beautiful woman in the world, and no one has really taken that title since. There are plenty of candidates today, but no obvious winner. De Silva’s perfect face isn’t even in the running, although some of the actresses he used for “parts” might fill the bill.
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Dr. Mark Schusterman and Dr. Sanaz Harirchian
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