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    Neotenic Characteristics, Evolutionary Link?

    The classification thread of E.T. looking Masha Tyelna inspired me to post this one:



    When Masha Tyelna made her runway debut this spring we thought that she looked like E.T. in heels - and maybe with good reason.

    Masha is just the most extreme example of a trend that’s been very present in castings for a while now:

    Models with big wide eyes, small jaws, and large foreheads are always booking.

    See: Gemma, Lily Donaldson, Vlada, Sasha, and Tanya D.

    Their look has been called “alien babydoll,” and they do look a little like a Mattel best-seller.

    So why do we think they’re so gorgeous?

    Evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould argued that humans evolved from chimpanzees who retained juvenile characteristics (like less hair, prominent foreheads, small jaws, and flat faces) into adulthood. This phenomenon is called neoteny, but maybe it should just be called “the fall runway.”

    Other scientists, like Desmond Morris, have discussed how neotenic characteristics are considered extremely attractive in women; particularly hairlessness (hello Brazilians!) and large eyes (babies have larger eyes in relation to their faces than adults do, so we grown-ups have to use Diorshow mascara).

    In that light, the current crop of models seems to represent a really extreme example of broader trends in human evolution. They so typify what humans look like that they start to look exceptional.

    Do the alien babydolls look like the most beautiful humans to you? Or do you prefer a look that’s a little less “highly evolved”?
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    http://fashionista.com/2007/06/gemma...onary_link.php

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    Doesn't look anything like a chimpanzee to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Horagalles View Post
    Doesn't look anything like a chimpanzee to me.
    what they're saying is humans are like 'neotenic apes' (and vice versa, Chimpanzees are 'gerontomorphic humans', ie have in exaggeration the features of an 'old man'), which is somewhat true, and that possibly increasing degrees of neoteny was an important factor in human evolution.

    Sometimes it's stated that male sexual selection might have a bearing on this trend, since men tend to prefer younger females (more fertile etc) and neoteny, obviously, gives a 'young' look. Which also helps explain the prominance of such types in modelling and 'other' industries (someone on this forum once speculated that in connection to what some 'east euro baltid girls' get up to to make money). (It also has something to do with the 'yellow fever' fetish of asian women, IMO, as they are also neotenic). Although, the kind of alien-looking models mentioned in the original post just look freaky to me and a lot of designers are gay anyway.

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