A new study suggests that women are perceived as more sexually and physically attractive, feminine and of a higher status when wearing high heels. In the study, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, researchers from Bucknell University showed two silhouettes of women with or without high heels to a group of over 400 participants. Each participant made assumptions about the women’s silhouettes, rating them on characteristics like attractiveness, strength, warmth, intelligence, success, status, and more. The silhouette of the woman in high heels was perceived as being more sexually attractive, physically attractive, feminine and of higher status by the majority of those surveyed. On the other hand, high heels did not have any affect on how the male and female participants rated the women on features such as dominance, warmth, enthusiasm, intelligence, affection, strength, friendliness, or success.
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