Monday, June 20, 2011
Hot vs. Beautiful
I found myself intrigued over the weekend when I saw a commercial for the 2011 Miss USA pageant and the contestants were referenced as "The hottest women in America" vs. something like "the most beautiful."
It is the Miss USA pageant, so things are about looks, so I wouldn't expect the announcer to call them "the most intelligent women in American" (even though they are likely very intelligent) but I didn't expect them to be called "hot."
I suppose it is the connotations of the words hot/sexy vs. beautiful. To me describing a woman as "hot" is making mention of her aesthetic quality related to something of a sexual nature, while "beautiful" is somehow a more wholesome note of aesthetic attractiveness.
From my experience there is definitely a difference in the way a woman perceives a compliment if a man calls her sexy/hot vs. a man calling her beautiful.
Women, would you rather be called sexy/hot or beautiful?
To all those who find women attractive, what is the difference between "hot" and "beautiful" to you?
By the way, I have a photoblog: The Beauty of Women that showcases what I consider beautiful women.