1-10 Attractiveness Scale


What does 1-10 Attractiveness Scale mean?

1-10 Attractiveness Scale refers to a popular measurement of beauty, used especially by men to refer to the aesthetic appearance of women.

The measurement system itself is based on the 1-10 Richter Scale used for measuring earthquakes with numerals running between 1 and 10.

Another popular scale online is Banana For Scale which is used mainly for determining the size of an object on photos.


What's the origin of 1-10 Attractiveness Scale?

The origin of the “1-10 Attractiveness Scale” can be traced back to 1935, when Charles Richter defined and published the Richter Scale, used for determining the magnitude of an earthquake between the numbers 1 and 10.

This was the first time something was measured on this scale, and the phenomenon spread rapidly in culture, with most people being aware of the Richter Scale by the mid-20th century.

Although the exact first time, when the “1-10 Attractiveness Scale” was created in the likeness of the Richter Scale is not known, it is likely, that by the 1940’s, it was used by men to rate the looks of a woman.

Spread & Usage

How did 1-10 Attractiveness Scale spread?

The “1-10 Attractiveness Scale” was popularized in the movie 10, featuring Bo Derek, where she is labeled a “Perfect 10”.

The movie premiered in the United States on October 5th, 1979, and by the 1980’s, the “1-10 Attractiveness Scale” was widely recognized all across the globe, with references, such as the 1982 song of Ozone: “She’s a Ten”.

With the widespread presence of the internet, the “1-10 Attractiveness Scale” became a popular phenomenon, first defined on Urban Dictionary on December 8th, 2011.

The topic is widely discussed on Reddit threads and various other forums to this day, while other measurement systems, such as the ironic 5/7 also emerged online.

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