Forget breasts. That is what research by the late Devendra Singh, professor of psychology
at the University of Texas says. Dr. Singh was known for his research on sex appeal and
human attraction, with a specific corset skirts sets focus on the optimal waist-to-hip ratio. His paper,
“Optimal Waist-to-Hip (WHR) Ratios in Women Activate Neural Reward Centers in Men”,
states that optimal WHR is a “phenotypic cue to fertility, fecundity, neurodevelopmental
resources in offspring, and overall health, and is indicative of 'good genes' in women”.
Basically, it makes men happy to see such women even if they don’t recognize it
The ideal ratio between waist and hips is between 0.67 and 0.8. So if you have 40" hips,
your waist should be between 27" and 31". If you have 36" hips, your waist should be
between 24" and 28". We call this underbust corset the hourglass figure, displayed by Playboy bunnies,
Marilyn Monroe, Scarlett Johansson and, of course, Kim Kardashian.
What these studies show is that you can be plump and yet set off those neurological happy
signals if you have a well proportioned christmas costume figure. In other words, it is not the size of each
body part that is important but the ratio. Before you dismiss this as patriarchal crap
guaranteed once again to make women feel bad about themselves, here is the kicker: an
hourglass figure is also linked to fertility. Wider hips allow for easier births, in other
The mysterious thing called sex appeal is largely biological, it seems. Men tend to be
attracted to women with healthy body longgown dress weight, larger breasts, longer hair, high voices and
an optimal waist-to-hip ratio. The question is whether this sex appeal can be achieved
artificially, something that women, cosmetic companies and shapewear manufacturers have
been trying ever since. Enter corsets and waist trainers.