And the Winner Is…

American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Polls its Membership to Reveal Who is the Fairest of them All

New, York, NY, November 1, 2001 – This year, not only did America’s Sweetheart Catherine Zeta-Jones make People magazine’s “The 50 Most Beautiful People in the World” list, but she also received a second nomination for her gorgeous looks. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) Catherine Zeta-Jones is the “ideal face of femininity” for 2001. Nicole Kidman came in close second with 22 percent of the votes, while Jennifer Aniston , Penelope Cruz and Gwyneth Paltrow tied for third place with 11 percent of the votes.

In an effort to help better understand the dynamics of perceived beauty, the AAFPRS surveyed its membership – facial plastic surgeons, true face specialists – to rate the facial features of several celebrities. “While beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, there is a real mathematical equation for measuring a person’s attractiveness. In fact, the skeletal proportions are the true determining factors,” says AAFPRS President Dr. Shan Baker. “Not only should the face have high check bones and a clean complexion, but a well proportioned face will be divided into equal thirds when horizontal lines are drawn through the forehead hairline, the brow, the base of the nose and the edge of the chin. And when analyzing the face vertically, the length of the nose should occupy one-third of the total vertical height of the face.”

So, why was Catherine Zeta-Jones chosen as the ideal face of femininity by 27 percent of the facial plastic surgeons? “The face of Catherine Zeta-Jones displays many features of the ideal face of femininity,” says Baker. “She has a short delicate jaw with small chin and nose, all of which are desirable for an attractive female face. Her lavish lips, well-developed cheek bones and prominent eyes give her the face of the new decade.”

On the other hand, 27 percent of AAFPRS surgeons believe that mighty Mel Gibson is the ideal face of masculinity. “Mel Gibson has the quintessential face of masculinity. He has a broad forehead, imposing brow, and a well-developed jaw. His strong nose and deep-set eyes add to his prized face,” says Baker. Following close behind for this title was hunky George Clooney (20 percent) and Harrison Ford (12 percent).

When it comes to actual facial features, bad-boy Ben Affleck is recognized for having the “ideal male nose” by 38 percent of the facial plastic surgeons. Meanwhile, TV Mafia boss James Gandolfini received zero percent of the votes for his nose. While a mere six percent of facial plastic surgeons thought that Tom Cruise had the ideal nose, his former wife, Nicole Kidman was tied for second with Gwyneth Paltrow (with 18 percent of votes each) for having the ideal female nose. Once again Catherine Zeta-Jones came away as the winner for the females. According to Dr. Baker, her “small, straight and symmetrical” nose gave her 22 percent of the surgeons’ votes.

However, it is Nicole Kidman’s lips that are most kissable. This time she came out on top for having the ideal mouth , says 33 percent of the Academy. Angelina Jolie’s bee-stung, pouty lips followed very close behind. And as for Academy Award winner Julia Roberts…her eyes have it ! Twenty-three percent of the AAFPRS surgeons believe that Julia Roberts has the ideal set of eyes. “Large eyes with ample space between upper eyelashes and brow are attractive features,” says Baker. “This combined with expressive animation and framed with strong arched brows gives Julia Roberts the perfect set of female eyes.”

However, while many celebrities may be admired for their symmetrical nose or well-defined jawline, most patients opting for facial plastic surgery don’t want to look like somebody else. In fact, according to 55 percent of surgeons surveyed , they say that only 10 percent or less of their patients request to copy a celebrity/model’s facial features. “Facial plastic surgery shouldn’t be about wanting to look like someone who you are not,” says Baker. “The art of facial plastic surgery is about enhancing the features that you already have in order to feel better about yourself.”

About AAFPRS:
The AAFPRS is the world’s largest association of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons – with more than 2,600 members – whose cosmetic and reconstructive surgery focuses on the face, head and neck. Academy fellows are board-certified and subscribe to a code of ethics. In addition, the AAFPRS provides consumers with free information and brochures and a list of qualified facial plastic surgeons in their area by calling 1-800-332-FACE or by visiting the AAFPRS Web site, www.FACEMD.org.