I generally don’t get into the “mixed kids are prettier” thing but I came across this report/study out of London that was interesting. It was done a couple of years ago and I only print it because I think it is important to counter those people who like to think being Mixed makes life harder, which is something I have never believed.
Mixed-race people are ‘more attractive’ and more successful, results of a new study suggest.
The Cardiff University study involved rating 1,205 black, white, and mixed-race faces.
Each face was judged on its attractiveness, with mixed-race faces generally perceived as more attractive.
Author of the study, Dr Michael Lewis, also suggested mixed-race people were disproportionately successful in many professions.
The study based its hypothesis on Darwin’s notion of heterosis, the biological phenomenon that predicts that cross-breeding leads to offspring that are genetically fitter than their parents.
Dr Lewis said the phenomenon was mirrored in the results of his study.
“The results appear to confirm that people whose genetic backgrounds are more diverse are, on average, perceived as more attractive,” Dr Lewis said.
Yet there is reason to believe that mixed-race people may not just be more attractive, but more successful.
Dr Lewis said: “There is evidence, albeit anecdotal, that the impact of heterosis goes beyond just attractiveness.
“This comes from the observation that, although mixed-race people make up a small proportion of the population, they are over-represented at the top level of a number of meritocratic professions like acting with Halle Berry, Formula 1 racing with Lewis Hamilton – and, of course, politics with Barack Obama.”
Of course there are many successful and beautiful people who are of single ethnicity and culture but considering the lower number of Mixed people compared to the population as a whole, I do think it is clearly true that a lot of successful people are Mixed at a high rate considering their overall population is smaller. So as I always believed, being Mixed is far from being a problem and is clearly in some cases a bonus. Part of that success, not even thinking about the attractiveness issue, is I believe due to Mixed people growing up with a better understanding of how to build bridges between people and being able to see a bigger picture.