Posts Tagged ‘The Daily Mail’

WHERE DID THE HUMAN NOSE SHAPE COME FROM?

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Petite, bulbous, hooked, up-turned, sharp, wide, or prominent, people attribute the shapes and distinctive characteristics of their noses to a parent or grandparent through the study of genetics.  But did you know that the unique shape actually formed as a result of evolutionary adaptation? According to an article published in the Journals of PLOS Genetics, nose shape among populations are not simply the result of genetic drift, but may be adaptations to climate.

Rather than focusing on the variations in height, skin color or hair color throughout the world, global researchers led by a team at the Department of Anthropology at Penn State University, took into consideration a variety of nasal differences, such as nasal, height, ridge length and tip protrusion of 476 subjects who have ancestry in Africa, Asia, and Europe.   According to Dr. Mark D. Shriver, Professor of Biological Anthropology, “We focused on nose traits that differ across populations and looked at geographical variation with respect to temperature and humidity.”  His team concluded that the width of the nostrils and the base of the nose measurements differed across populations more than could be accounted for by “genetic drift” — indicating an act of natural selection in the evolution of human nose shapes.

Analyzed, it appears that wider noses are more common in warm and humid climates than narrower one, which are typically found in cold and dry environments.  “Out of all the aspects of nose shape that we studied, only the width of the nose stands out as being more different across populations than expected by chance,” shares Arslan Zaidi, the study’s co-author, with The Daily Mail.  “Most of the genetic and phenotypic variation among humans exists within populations, not between them.”

DID SHE OR DIDN’T SHE? NICOLE KIDMAN!

Sunday, March 12th, 2017
     Nicole Kidman stunned two weeks ago as a presenter and nominee at the 89th Academy Awards (left) in Hollywood, California.  However, the actress showed a dramatically different face at last Sunday’s Goldene Camera Awards (right), in Hamburg, Germany, prompting speculation of cosmetic enhancements.  Several years ago, Kidman admitted to trying the injectable, Botox, for maintaining a more youthful appearance.  However, in 2011 the Neutrogena Brand Ambassador shared, “Now I don’t use it any more and I can move my forehead again.”
     Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, Sydney-based plastic surgeon, Dr. Jeremy Hunt, attributes Kidman’s new appearance to injectable fillers.  “There is more volume over the cheeks –  a plumped up look which could be due to weight gain but over such a short period is suggestive of the use of injectable fillers,” he suggests.  “The fillers are will add volume and highlight areas such as lips and cheekbones, a little can be effective but too much can result in the look known as ‘pillow face,'” he added.

THE SEXAGENARIAN SUPER MODEL!

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Maye Musk, 68, may be one of the most in-demand models for New York Fashion Week next month.  The glamma grandma, registered dietician nutritionist, and mother of billionaire, Elon Musk, has been working in fashion for more than fifty years; however, it was not until she started letting her hair go gray that she found true success.  “When I was approaching 60, I got sick of being blonde, so I decided to stop coloring my hair. I grew out the gray and I cut it short. People said, ‘You’ll never work again with short gray hair,’ but it came out white and everybody loved it,” she shared with Harper’s Bazaar.  “I got a billboard in Times Square for Target and a billboard in Madison Square Garden for Verizon and my career took off. I started getting a lot of high fashion work then, too,” she continued.  The brand ambassador for Atelier Swarovski has signed with top modeling agency, IMG, worked for beauty brands, Clinique and Revlon, shot spreads for Elle and Italian Vogue, and has even appeared in a Beyoncé video.  “Looking back, letting my hair go natural was an amazing decision because I started getting major ad campaigns. I also signed with agencies in Europe and travelled to many different cities, which I loved. People would stop me in the street and say they loved my hair.”  Musk has become the poster girl of the Greynaissance movement, which has emerged from  a new generation of fashion and beauty consumers  who respond better to products advertised by women their own age.