We’re often led to believe that beauty and youth go hand-in-hand, and that any woman over the age of 30 has basically already waved goodbye to her glory days. However, new research from the Boston University School of Medicine is about to smash those ridiculous ideals for good.
Experts from the university conducted a very important test, comparing the 50 women named on People Magazine’s ‘World’s Most Beautiful’ list in 1990, with the 135 listed in 2017. The result? While the 1990 names came out with an average age of 33.2, today that number sits at 38.9.
Julia Roberts, 49, took the top spot of the list this year — she first reached number one in 1991 — joined by the likes of Julianne Moore, 56, Reese Witherspoon, 41, Oprah Winfrey, 63, and Voila Davis, 52.
Not only are the list’s conventions of beauty loosening by age, but also by race. In 1990, only 24 per cent of those featured were women of colour, rising to 40 per cent in this year’s ranking. Of those, 14 were mixed race, compared to just one in 1990.
While a magazine’s hotness ranking may not be the strongest signifier of evolving societal attitudes, it’s definitely one signifier than things are changing, and all for the better.