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Shilpa Shetty

8 June 1975

Tamil Nadu



Estella Warren

23 December 1978



Sexiest Woman Alive: Things You Might Not Know . . .

  • The average woman uses about 168 separate ingredients in her cosmetics everyday to stay good-looking
  • Over 300,000 pairs of breasts are augmented every year in the United States
  • It's becoming more difficult to convince women to get married, as the average age of women walking down the aisle has increased to 27 from 23 in 1990
  • It takes 12 beauty and personal care products a day to make a woman feel that she looks her best
  • Women spend more money on facial and skin care than on products for body bits that are hidden

CrowdRank Insights

In the US, Do Gentlemen Prefer Blondes?

Last month, we shared an analysis of votes in our Sexiest Woman Alive category evaluating whether gentlemen prefer blondes.  The overall answer was that globally men prefer brunettes but a slim 50.1% margin.  But, the U.S. diverged from the global average and voters preferred blondes 50.9% of the time.  The U.S. story gets more interesting, however, if we drill down to a state level.  When we look at individual states, there is more parity:  21 states show a preference for blondes, 18 prefer brunettes, and 7 prefer redheads.  Meanwhile 4 states have no clear winner between blondes, brunettes, and redheads.

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Around the World, Do Gentlemen Prefer Blondes?

“Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” is a well worn expression that has featured as the title of a novel, musical, and – most famously – film starring Marilyn Monroe.  We looked into our CrowdRank community’s 14 million votes to test the truth behind the cliche.  CrowdRank community members vote on paired contests between two choices.  We analyzed our Sexiest Woman Alive category, evaluating at all contests pairing women with differing hair colors:  blondes vs. brunettes; blondes vs. redheads; and redheads vs. brunettes.

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