WITH my pointy nose and chin “cute” is not an attribute I expect to have applied to me. Not that I am bothered. Meerkats are cute, babies are cute...
But, it seems being cute is a big deal. Big enough a deal for someone to conduct a scientific study to discover what it is that makes a person so. Maybe there were too many scientists working on a cure for cancer that day (... oh, it was to mark the launch of a new range of Hallmark greeting cards).
Prof David Perrett of St Andrews University asked 90 adults to analyse and rate the cuteness of 200 infant faces and from this identified the 20 features which consistently came up.
They included large eyes, button nose, rosy complexion, small chin and chubby cheeks. Quelle surprise.
While chubby cheeks may be cute in childhood, it is the sculpted cheekbones of Angelina Jolie most of us long for as adult females.
And yet a considerably more serious study than the cuteness one claimed this week that teenage girls in the UK are the fattest in Europe with almost a third of British girls under 20 overweight or obese.
I would like to say I am shocked at these statistics but I’m not.
Shop fitting rooms on Saturday afternoons are not short of teenage girls with muffin tops spilling out over their too-tight jeans.
I don’t mean to come over all horribly sizeist and judgemental here and I know it is not like me to get too serious, but this is a terrifying trend which needs addressing.
Staying within healthy weight parameters is not just about looking good, it is genuinely a matter of life and death given the health risks associated with being overweight.
While we worry about our young women falling prey to eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia it seems some could instead be eating their way into early graves.
Ironically, in the media, the pressure to be thin has never been more intense. We are awash with skinny celebs and a new diet seems to come out every week.
And yet according to British Heart Foundation statistics around 85% of 13-year-old girls in the UK do not do the recommended one hour of physical activity a day. I have never had a weight problem. But I am not naturally skinny. I work at staying slim and have done ever since my mum took me to ballet classes, gym classes and martial arts classes – all long before I entered my own teenage years. Harsh as it is to say, maybe young girls these days need to worry less about social media and taking “selfies” on their smartphones and more about taking up a skipping rope or a tennis racket
SO the “Kimye” wedding extravaganza is all over bar the glossy magazine deal for the photos.
There were dinners and diamonds, his and hers matching “just married” jackets and so many top designers at the do it was like fashion week went to Florence.
And, thanks to the official wedding photo, see below, we now know that Kim’s dress was a lacy Givenchy Couture affair by Riccardo Tisci. Kanye West and baby North were also in Givenchy.
Whether we do get to see anything other than the insanely well-shot instagram booth pics already posted online and the two official wedding shots remains to be seen but it has been made clear that TV cameras for Kim’s reality show were not at the wedding itself.
Shame because a “Kim Kardashian” Goes West wedding special would have been TV gold.
Right: Top £16, shorts £15, bag £13 all F&F at Tesco
Below: Left – dress £12, bag £4, headband £3, sunglasses £3, necklace £1.50, rings from £3. Right – top £14, shorts £10, bumbag £4, sunglasses £3, ring £2, all at Primark
Right: Tangarine crochet dress, £45, limited edition flower hair band, £8 all asos.com