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.

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8 comments:

  1. I love this post because I have this argument with my brother all the time!! You're own words sum it up the best: "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."

    I believe beauty overshadows "hotness" on ANY day!

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  2. I definitely prefer beautiful, but any compliment does its purpose well when said at the right time and place.

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  3. Beautiful all the way! Hotness is fleeting, being beautiful is timeless.

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  4. @KrzyKron - that is a GREAT way to put it!

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  5. Beautiful & sexy/hot are both compliments to me. I agree with your definitions, but I'm not sure which I'd really prefer...
    At the moment, it's sexy/hot. LOL Ask me tomorrow, and I'll probably answer "beautiful".
    I agree with Thu about right time and place.

    I had no idea that's what they were calling Miss USA contestants today...Wow! LOL

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  6. i like to be called all of the above, but there is definitely a connotation behind it usually. dating for real comes from beautiful, some dude on me at the club usually starts yelling how hot/sexy i am


    Vonnie
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  7. i think that all can be compliments if you choose to view them as such. I prefer beautiful because i think it encompasses more of a person's being than just their outward appearance. I also feel like a woman can be manufactured to be "sexy/hot" but she cant necessarily doll herself up to be "beautiful" -- to me its something that starts on the inside and then is manifested outward

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  8. @A.Sharie - I agree with beauty being something that can't be manufactured.

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