Blondes have more fun: Men really DO prefer blondes when picking a date
27 per cent of men prefer curvy blondes
Most important features are nice eyes and a cheeky smile
14:22 GMT, 30 August 2012
It is an age-old saying that is regularly contested.
But unfortunately for all the glossy brunettes out there, it seems that men really do prefer blondes when choosing a date.
The latest survey revealed that men are 3% more likely to opt for a blonde over a brunette.
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The survey, that analysed what people look for when choosing the perfect date, also found that 27% of men prefer curvy females.
Reassuringly for most women, just two per cent of men want someone with a supermodel’s shape.
Both men and women would choose a nice face over a great body when picking a partner, the statistics from dating site Twoo.com show.
The most important features are nice eyes and a cheeky smile, experts found.
Around one in five men – 22 per cent – are looking for a woman with nice eyes, and 20 per cent are drawn to girls with a cute smile.
20 per cent of men are drawn to a cute smile, like the one Cheryl Cole is famous for
Just eight per cent of men listed a good bum as the most important feature, followed by seven per cent who see great breasts as the must-have asset.
Similarly, 25 per cent of women want someone with nice eyes, and 22 per cent go for a sexy smile, compared with two per cent who are seeking a beau with a six-pack.
Psychologist Dr Simon Moore, of London Metropolitan University, said: 'Society has created this blonde versus brunette divide.
Men prefer curves like those that Kim Kardashian regularly flaunts
'Far more blondes than brunettes appear on our television and movie screens, so we’re going to be conditioned to finding them more attractive.
'The more we see something in our daily lives, the more we like something.'
The findings on body type show that men realise the Kate Moss supermodel look is unrealistic.
'People are quite realistic generally speaking,' Dr Moore said.
'Men know that supermodels are doing a job and that being skinny is part of that – it’s not representative of most women.
'Subconsciously, we are also looking at a woman’s hip to waist ratio, which can indicate their suitability for child bearing, and assessing them on that.
'It’s about evolution.'
Being drawn to nice eyes and a smile is nature’s way of picking out a happy partner, he added.
Dr Moore said: 'It’s true that the eyes are the window onto the soul.
'We’ve learnt that we should pay attention to people’s eyes and smile.
'It helps us to pick out a happy person, who’s not going to be stressed all the time and will make a supportive partner.'
The skinny look is out as men say they prefer women with curves
Black-haired women looking for love should head to London and Birmingham – where their profiles are 31 per cent and 34 per cent most popular.
Redheads will find luck in Manchester, and the city also came out on top for marriage: 58 per cent of people there have positive attitudes to tying the knot.
Liverpool is revealed as the anti-marriage capital of the UK, as one in three people living there see it as unnecessary.
Getting married is more important to people in the UK than mainland Europe.