It is, I suppose, theoretically possible to establish some “objective” criteria for beauty by now there’s enough research on the matter to fill up a whole year’s worth of British tabloids but I’m inclined to believe Alte when she says this:
I am strange-looking (I like to say I’m “exotic”, not weird), I’m nobody’s “type”, people squabble over whether I am even attractive or not, but I get hit on regularly by men who think I am drop-dead gorgeous. It is, in short, better for some men to think you’re hideous while others think you are hot, than for nearly everyone to think you are cute. The bigger the disparity, the more you will be hit on.
I have been told more than once that my idea of drop-dead gorgeous is, to be charitable, deeply flawed. Actually, it’s more inconsistent than anything else; while I have, um, distinct preferences in certain areas, none of them really matter all that much in the final evaluation. Then again, since I keep myself at a safe distance from the dating realm, perhaps they don’t matter at all.
(There are well over 100 comments on the linked post, not all of which I have read.)