Francis Bacon (1561–1626) in his Essays, Civil and Moral put it like this: "There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion"
It seems like to be beautiful the thing or person must stand out; be uncommon or different from the majority.
So beauty stands out. It is "strange". But most people do not really seem to really want to stand out. They want to be like others to be accepted by their peers. Dress like each other. Act like each other.
Maybe it is biological. I read about symmetry in faces. This would seem to suggest that it is not about "strangeness". But then true beauty would be common.
What makes something truly physically beautiful?
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There are a *huge* range of variables (too many to list here) which contribute to making someone appear beautiful link
In fact, one of those is "averageness" - it's been shown that more average looking faces are generally found more attractive link .
However, many "exotic" looking people are also extremely attractive, and some people are said to be "unconventionally attractive".0