All right, let’s acknowledge the patently absurd supposition underlying the headline for this post.
Beauty, as the old saw goes, is in the eye of the beholder.
In different cultures consensus tends to emerge regarding what’s considered beautiful and what isn’t. Some scientific research indicates people tend to equate symmetrical features with beauty.
The thinking is that symmetry in nature – particularly in facial bones – denotes health, strength, genetic normality, which, in turn, denotes survivability, which is what potential mates look for in others. After all, if you’re going to have offspring, you do want them to survive, right?
But while symmetry and beauty have been linked, no deductive argument can be made in favor of one person being objectively more beautiful than another. Healthier? Certainly. Stronger? Sure. But more beautiful? What is beauty, exactly? It seems easier to recognize than to define.
Whatever the case, the observation among Argentina’s talking heads, political junkies and aesthetes is that former president Néstor Kirchner had a knack for appointing “ugly” public servants while his wife, the generally impeccably dressed and fashion-passionate President, appoints more attractive types to office.
You be the judge.
*PHOTO: From top left to bottom right: Former economy minister Martín Lousteau, Central Bank President Mercedes Marco del Pont, Economy Minister Amado (literally, “the loved one”) Boudou, Commerce Secretary Guillermo Moreno, Presidential Cabinet Chief Aníbal Fernández, Planning Minister Julio de Vido. The top row peeps were appointed by President Cristina Fernández, the second row by her husband, former president Néstor Kirchner.
**Kudos to AR.