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What age do we feel most beautiful?
Marie Claire ^ | 1/30/09

Posted on 01/30/2009 8:20:56 AM PST by qam1

They say life improves with every decade, so good news for the thirtysomethings amongst us, after a new survey reveals women feel at their most beautiful aged 32.

After leaving behind acne in our teens, insecurities and heartbreak in our twenties, once we hit our early thirties, we feel the most comfortable in our own skin.

Nearly 40% of women quizzed on how they feel about their looks said they felt most attractive at 32 – and they’re in good company with celebs including Liv Tyler, Sophie Dahl and Sarah Michelle Gellar all entering their 32nd year in 2009.

Women who answered the survey explained that at 32 they felt their life had the perfect combination of confidence gained from life experience, an active love life and the enjoyment of eating and drinking sensibly.

Psychologist Dr Sandra Wheatley said the survey results were ‘really encouraging’ and showed that women saw life achievements as just as valuable as a youthful appearance.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Dr Wheatley said: ‘It sounds to me like women are becoming much more swayed by personality. It's a sign that we are valued for who we are and what we are capable of, not just what is on the surface.

‘Feeling beautiful is tied in with confidence and life experience. At 32, a woman has been through and survived more experiences and achieved more than at 22.’

She added: ‘Women can be their own worst enemy, scrutinising each other's weight and wrinkles. But this is a really encouraging study that beauty is more than skin deep.’


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: beauty; beergoggles; genx; psychology
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1 posted on 01/30/2009 8:20:56 AM PST by qam1
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To: qam1

I agree. The 30’s were the best. If I could choose an age to stay at it would have been 35. Perfect. But, tomorrow I turn 50 so I am bummmed out.


2 posted on 01/30/2009 8:24:04 AM PST by therut
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To: therut; library user

When I turned 40, I told my family it was legal for me to date two - 20 year old girls to make it even. ;)


3 posted on 01/30/2009 8:27:07 AM PST by Perdogg (Only the hypnotized never lie)
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4 posted on 01/30/2009 8:28:43 AM PST by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: qam1

I am looking forward to visual proof.


5 posted on 01/30/2009 8:30:55 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Dissent is Patriotic. Palin 2012!)
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To: qam1

huh. my girl and i are both 32!


6 posted on 01/30/2009 8:31:08 AM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: therut

32 sounds about right.
I was a newlywed and still wearing a size 6.
“sigh”


7 posted on 01/30/2009 8:31:37 AM PST by a real Sheila (Obama REALLY IS an AFRICAN American!)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Sarah is fully clothed here, but it may be a bit much for FR:

http://www.freewebs.com/razinkss/Girls_-_Sarah_Michelle_Gellar_020.jpg


8 posted on 01/30/2009 8:32:15 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Dissent is Patriotic. Palin 2012!)
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9 posted on 01/30/2009 8:35:13 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Dissent is Patriotic. Palin 2012!)
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To: qam1
Men should never feel beautiful.
I actually get better looking with age, I look better today than I did yesterday....
10 posted on 01/30/2009 8:35:16 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona....)
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To: Uncle Miltie
Sarah is fully clothed here, but it may be a bit much for FR:

A big NSFW

But is that from this year when she's 32 or previously in her 20's? I not in a safe work location to examine the pics more closely...

11 posted on 01/30/2009 8:35:35 AM PST by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: qam1

Now an interesting corollary would be at what age do men find women most beautiful. I’d lay odds it’s before 32! (Please direct hate mail and invective responses to BHOshizzle@whitehouse.gov).


12 posted on 01/30/2009 8:36:56 AM PST by Trod Upon (The Left killed my country.)
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To: Uncle Miltie
So over-retouched that it hardly looks like a photograph. But at least appropriately clothed.
13 posted on 01/30/2009 8:37:39 AM PST by SolidWood (www.sarahpac.com / Sarah Palin 2012)
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To: Trod Upon

My wife is 48. This year, that is my favorite age.

( I get points for that, right?)


14 posted on 01/30/2009 8:38:45 AM PST by Vermont Lt (Ein Volk, Ein Riech, Ein Ein.)
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To: qam1

Having been given the pleasure of observing beautiful women for a looong time, I think 30-33 is peak time for babes.

But there is a certain beauty to a younger more supple ingenue and a lot can be said for a reasonably fit 40 something like Marisi Tomei as a the stripper in Wrestler.

It just depends but all things being equal I’d say early 30s.

I just had this conversation with my 44 year old wife and 20 year old daughter at dinner last nite out.

For guys....it’s harder to peg.


15 posted on 01/30/2009 8:40:46 AM PST by wardaddy
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To: ├čudda├čudd

When I was 30 I looked like Mark Gastineu. Now I look like Mr. Peterman.


16 posted on 01/30/2009 8:41:44 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: therut
Happy birthday!

Don't be bummed. We're all gonna get there someday, if we're lucky. When I wake up in the morning of each birthday, I smile and thank the Lord for getting me through another year. I started doing that the year I turned 30. :-D

17 posted on 01/30/2009 8:42:24 AM PST by Allegra ( VOTE, Iraqis! Election Day, Saturday, January 31, 2009)
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To: qam1

3. Absolutely nothing went wrong at age 3, everything was perfect had great future potential, along with a blissful unawareness of any need for hair color (let alone what it was) or any sort of need for concern about juice stains on face hands hair or clothing. Even matching clothing was completely optional.

3 was perfection.


18 posted on 01/30/2009 8:43:50 AM PST by Danae (Amerikan Unity My Ass)
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To: wardaddy

Cougar hunter these days myself.......


19 posted on 01/30/2009 8:45:12 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: therut
But, tomorrow I turn 50 so I am bummmed out.

50. It's the new 32. ;)

20 posted on 01/30/2009 8:45:48 AM PST by Flycatcher (Strong copy for a strong America)
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