The Male Body Type 72% Of Women Find Most Attractive Vs. What Men Think We Want

What does the 'perfect' man look like if you ask women and men? Take a look and see for yourself!

diverse group of men with different body types Sabrina Bracher / Shutterstock

Since our very earliest days as girls first discovering our interest in boys, most women have been searching for the "perfect" man.

At ages 10 and 11, we flipped through teeny-bopper magazines or scrolled through apps like Instagram and Snapchat, first equating perfection to pre-pubescent members of boy bands. From there, and for the rest of our lives, many of us are focused on the idea of finding "the one" — that ideal man who is perfect in every single possible way.


What do women want in a man?

More specifically, what is the ideal male body type according to us hetero females?

Whether you go for the tall and mysterious type or the short, chubby man who is funnier and smarter than he is good-looking, we all have our own version of what constitutes the ideal male in regard to body type, facial features, and personality traits.

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Personally, if I was asked to choose from among the world's most attractive men, I’d take Zach Galifianakis over Ryan Gosling any day, because that’s what perfect looks like to me.

I used to think I was alone in having such preferences, but that may not be so after all.

A study conducted by British online men’s retailer Jacamo found that 72% of women think the “boy next door” is far more attractive than “muscle-bound hulks.”

I can’t say I’m entirely surprised based on some of my friends’ boyfriends ... I kid!

My own thoughts and personal preferences aside, the study also found that what women consider to be utter perfection and what men think women find most attractive are two completely different animals.


What men think is the ideal male body according to women

In fact, 62% of men seem to think that women want a man with the following combination of features:

Hugh Jackman’s arms



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Justin Bieber’s hair



A post shared by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on Mar 25, 2020 at 10:59pm PDT

Gerard Butler’s face



A post shared by Gerard Butler (@gerardbutler) on Mar 30, 2017 at 11:06am PDT

Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo’s legs



A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Mar 21, 2020 at 6:57am PDT

Model David Gandy’s torso

What the what?!


First of all, I had to Google David Gandy (so hot!), and secondly, Justin Bieber’s hair? I’d take Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's complete lack of hair over that kid’s silly mop-top any day.

While I don’t think every woman I know would agree with me on that exactly, I do think no female over the age of 14 is going to be posting on their online dating profile, “I’m looking for a man who ideally has Justin Bieber’s hair."

Oy vey.

While pasted all together, those features do make for one delicious man, the reality is that we, the women of the world, are into something a little bit different.

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What the perfect male body looks like according to women

As it turns out, women want a man with a bit more fluff, charisma, and — yes, really — ginger hair.

According to Jacamo's research, 72% of women want a man with the following combination of features instead:

Prince Harry’s hair

James Corden’s face



A post shared by James Corden (@j_corden) on Jan 22, 2020 at 11:18am PST

Paddy McGuinness’ arms



A post shared by Paddy McGuinness (@mcguinness.paddy) on Jul 12, 2019 at 6:06am PDT

Rugby player Ben Cohen’s torso



A post shared by Ben Cohen (@bencohenrugby) on Jul 9, 2019 at 12:13pm PDT

Jonathan Ross’ legs

(Yeah, that one has us stumped, too.)


Here's a side-by-side comparison of the ideal male according to women vs. what men think women want:

the ideal male body according to women vs what men think women wantPhoto: Jacamo

So as it turns out, women want Seth Rogan.

Imagine that.

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No matter whose face and body women put together to make Mr. Perfect, the outcome is still the same.


We want real men, as opposed to cardboard cutouts or Photoshopped abs with great lighting.

We want a man with a good personality and a soft, cozy middle section who can make us laugh.

Now, if Jacamo could do the same study and find out what men consider to be perfect, well ... Not to be judgmental, but I have a sneaking suspicion the ideal female body men throw together to create their image of the perfect woman would only prove which gender is the far less superficial.

I’m betting on us, ladies.

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Amanda Chatel is a writer who divides her time between NYC and Paris. She's a regular contributor to Bustle and Glamour, with bylines at Harper's Bazaar, The Atlantic, Forbes, Livingly, Mic, The Bolde, Huffington Post, and others.