Sunglasses and hotness? There’s science behind it

Post my Brazil trip in early January this year, I eagerly showed my friend a picture of myself smoking a cigar at a local cigar bar. Looking at the eyes-hidden-behind-RayBan person, the following conversation ensued:

Friend (F): Wow, who’s that girl — she’s hot!
Me (M): Wait, you serious? That’s me.
F: No way, she does not look like you. She’s… she’s hot.
M: Hum, translation: you are saying that I will be hot if I cover my entire face with sunglasses.

Thanks, seriously, for that compliment. 

But could it be, could it possibly be true that people are infinitely hotter with shades on? New York Magazine reports ‘YES.’


(image credit: Ford)

According to the article, Vanessa Brown, a senior lecturer of art and design at Nottingham Trent University in the U.K. finds that we look better in shades because of the following:

  • Symmetry we are inherently attracted to symmetry — a symmetrical face, which is defined not only with proportions but with similarity between left and right sides of the face, is beautiful. Of course, none of us is endowed with perfect symmetry (yes, even for hotties among us), hence, sunglasses help achieve instant improved symmetry by hiding any asymmetrical imperfections around our eyes.
  • Mystery as the old saying goes, “the grass is greener on the other side,” the unknown holds infinite attraction in our eyes. Because eye contact, which helps us gauge a person’s intelligence, sincerity, etc., is missing, people who wore sunglasses appear more attractive, intriguing.
  • Glamor people in high fashion and Hollywood, who’ve adopted sunglasses as a must-have accessory, have cemented the sunglasses-instantCOOL relationship. Take Chanel’s head designer and creative director Karl Largerfeld, can you imagine him with out his signature shades?

Karl Lagerfeld (image credit:

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