Average faces of men and women around the world.

  • Pictures of hundreds of women were used to create an average
  • Images of women from 41 differentethnicities were laid over one another before a computer programme deduced the common look
  • Created by online tool hosted by experimental psychologists at the University of Glasgow
Source: http://faceresearch.org/


“A strong indicator of physical beauty is “averageness“, or “koinophilia“. When images of human faces are averaged together to form a composite image, they become progressively closer to the “ideal” image and are perceived as more attractive. This was first noticed in 1883, when Francis Galton, cousin of Charles Darwin, overlaid photographic composite images of the faces of vegetarians and criminals to see if there was a typical facial appearance for each. When doing this, he noticed that the composite images were more attractive compared to any of the individual images.


Researchers have replicated the result under more controlled conditions and found that the computer generated, mathematical average of a series of faces is rated more favorably than individual faces. Evolutionarily, it makes logical sense that sexual creatures should be attracted to mates who possess predominantly common or average features.”
















25 thoughts on “Average faces of men and women around the world.

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  2. David Velar

    it’s kind of lame but the African people are only just set by region while you’re getting each european by country makes you think that there’s only a few distinct types of africans when in fact there is more distinciveness and that much larger continent of Africa then there is in the small region of Europe

    1. SomethingWrongHere

      So true. Two faces make up about a couple of billion people. I’m talking about India and China. While there are faces from countries with super small populations like Wales/Welsh. I mean come on even Africa has west and south. I mean really BILLIONS of people in two faces. While some of the faces represent populations smaller than the population of California. Nice consistent study.

  3. saman

    Iran.afghanstan male in this photo Were like Twins 😀
    iran.afghanstan.greece.france.serbia.and little bit romania are Very look like of eachother

  4. saman

    oh and also iraq let me rewrite my Post above
    ran.afghanstan male in this photo Were like Twins 😀
    iran.afghanstan.greece.france.serbia.iraq.mexico and little bit romania are Very look like of eachother

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  7. Alive

    Is this average? So a 5/10 in the looks department? But they’re all really objectively beautiful people

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  10. Elduro

    Puerto Rican here. I have to say, the average face is…well, off. Barely anyone I have seen look like that. The female is a bit accurate for some, but male? Honestly, I have never seen anyone that look like that. Then again, I wouldn’t exactly know what to say is an “average face” in Puerto Rico.

    Everyone look pretty different here due to the misgenation, and and the type of misgenation differ between each individual. So you get plenty of different appearance and less of a standard look overall.

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