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February 07, 2004

It's good to be HOT

I recently found this article on the negative impact of HDTV on some "hot" stars when their imperfections are displayed for the world to see (via Slate via Charles Murtaugh). That's interesting, because someone recently asserted on an e-list which I'm a member of that "top hollywood actresses are 3 standard deviations above the mean in attractiveness." I objected-and tend to agree with Steve Sailer that 2 stds is more realistic. I dug up this story about the top paid actresses in the movie industry-Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz (whose acne marked face is commented on in the above link about HDTV), Drew Barrymore, Jodie Foster, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lopez were in the top 10. All good-looking, but 3 standard deviations above the norm???

Will the rise of HDTV and other super-crisp formats herald the ushering in of a new cabal of genetically endowed actors and actresses with perfect skin? Well, I'm not so sure-who exactly goes to watch Julia Roberts films after all? Look at this list, and note that where she is a lead, it is often a chick flick. My prediction? Crisper formats will put the hurt on B-grade actresses, who have only their looks to lean on (and on down the food chain, to titty-flicks and porn). The average female movie goer won't be too excited to go watch films with women who are as beautiful in real life as they are on screen-women for whom the "it's the make-up & retouching" excuses don't hold.

Posted by razib at 02:38 PM