A newspaper report caught my eye back in April with the title “Having a rich hubby matters: Ex-beauty queen.” A former Singaporean beauty queen admitted that she would not mind marrying an unattractive man with the condition that he is rich.
Singaporean women prefer men who have money over men who are good looking. This is the result of an online television survey conducted in Singapore. The women choose to have financial stability and a good lifestyle with the chosen man. A man who can meet the woman’s financial expectation has a better chance of being accepted by her. Therefore, the vote is for financial capability over good looks.
Women in the UK
A research done in the UK in 2006 however, discovered that a man’s good looks (physical attractiveness) rates higher than the man’s financial standing provided that the woman is making more money herself. Previously, the majority of women tend to prefer wealthy men. As women become more financially stable or financially independent, their preferences have changed. Hence, they prefer a physically attractive man over his net worth. However, for those women who have less control over their finances, they still prefer a man who is financially stable than one with good looks.
Personally I think that women are more realistic now and take into consideration an important life factor like money when choosing a potential partner. I believe a woman would consider other important aspects as well such as compatibility when choosing a life partner. I have yet to meet someone that got married based on the “money factor” alone. In a lot of cases, couples tie the knot because of love and wanting to spend the rest of their lives together as reported in a separate research done by a UK bank in 2008, which showed that nine out of 10 women would choose love and happiness over money.
What about the men?
Well, past surveys showed that men want good-looking women. There’s no harm to having money though as it was reported that British men (88 percent) are happy to be dating women who earn more than them.
What about you, what is your priority when looking for a potential partner? Is it someone with money, good looks or both?
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