So when I moved to New York I noticed an overabundance of beautiful people. Why so many? The question continues to puzzle me, and over the years I’ve developed several theories.
1. A certain percentage of the most beautiful people from all over the country move here to become yuppies. (The idea here is that there’s some correlation between beauty and either self-confidence or wealth and that New York draws more than its share of bright, ambitious young people from other parts of the country.)
By flickr user Professor Bop
2. Beautiful people move here to be/become actors and models, and a little leaven leaveneth the whole loaf.
By flickr user See-ming Lee
3. New Yorkers, or at least Manhattanites, are on average younger than elsewhere in the country, and young people are more beautiful. (This turns out to be false: the median age in Manhattan and in the U.S. is about 36 years. Maybe it’s just downtown Manhattanites and close-in Brooklynites who are younger? I don’t have the patience or the skills to go through Census data at that level of detail. Also, this theory doesn’t explain the beauty of many older New Yorkers.)
4. New Yorkers aren’t more beautiful than elsewhere; they just dress better. (Variation: They just have more attitude and fool you or intimidate you into thinking they’re beautiful.)
5. New Yorkers aren’t more beautiful; it’s just that in New York you see a lot more people on an average day (on the sidewalk, subway, etc.), and your eyes are drawn to the beautiful ones, so you make a bad estimate of the frequency of beauty here.
By Flicker user riacale