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Women who like tall men are more likely to rate themselves as attractive: study

It is the epitome of self-confidence.

Women who like tall men are more likely to consider themselves attractive, surprising new research shows.

Scientists from Texas A&M International University recruited 247 heterosexual women for their study. The findings were published in the latest volume of the academic journal Evolutionary Psychological Science.

The female participants, who had an average age of 24, were shown a series of images of men of different heights and ‘shoulder-to-hip ratios’ (SHR).

“Women perceived taller men with larger SHRs as more attractive, masculine, dominant and better at fighting ability,” the team revealed.


The female participants, who had an average age of 24, were shown a series of images of men of different height and height. "shoulder-hip proportions" (SHR).
The female participants, who had an average age of 24, were shown a series of images of men of different heights and ‘shoulder-to-hip ratios’ (SHR).

The shoulder-to-hip ratio refers to the difference between the circumference of the shoulders and the circumference of the waist.

Men with a larger shoulder-to-hip ratio are likely to have broad shoulders and bulky, muscular arms.

In addition, they are likely to have a smaller waist and less fat hanging around the abdomen.

“It is suggested that these sexually dimorphic traits (height and a larger SHR) reflect the genetic quality of males,” the researchers wrote.

They added that such characteristics indicated to women that such men have “the ability to provide direct benefits,” such as “protection and the provision of resources.”

Interestingly, women who rated themselves as attractive (“higher mate value”) were more likely to say that taller men are more desirable.


According to Avigail Lev, who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy, heterosexual women are generally attracted to tall men for evolutionary, biological and social reasons.
“It is suggested that these sexually dimorphic traits (height and a larger SHR) reflect the genetic quality of males,” the researchers wrote. Getty Images

However, confident women who have their sights set on height should proceed with caution.

A 2019 report on what drives men to cheat found that the majority of those who admitted to seeing another woman behind their partner’s back were taller than 6 feet tall.

The research included statistics from online business website Ashley Madison, which found that taller men were twice as likely to cheat compared to men under 6 feet tall.