Another excerpt from "Always ask a Man. Arlene Dahl's Key to Femininity"
Arlene ~ author of "Always ask a Man"
What Men like in Women
For the past 10 years, I've been writing a syndicated beauty column devoted to making women more beautiful. In order to find out what we can do to make ourselves even more so, I make it a practice to go straight to the most reliable source - MEN!
I have interviewed hundreds of discerning males on the subject of women and beauty - stars of motion pictures, Broadway and television, statesmen, noblemen,businessmen, and members of international society.
Their ideals may vary from a languid blond to an elegant gray haired women. They may run the gamut in type from intellectual to athlete, but - without exception - every man put one quality above all others when describing his ideal. That one essential attribute which all men seek and admire in a women is FEMININITY.
Yul Brynner put it this way "Simple femininity is the most important thing about a woman, and it is this quality a great many women are in jeopardy of losing in this modern age."
Yul, however, affirmed his faith in us by adding that he has the greatest confidence in the healthiness of human instincts and is not the slightest bit worried about the fate of the female sex.
Other pointers that I received from this fascinating star were:
- Be a good listener. No man enjoys the company of a chatterbox who boasts of her own conquests.
- Have a style of your own. Find out what is most attractive and comfortable for you and don't be influenced by current fads. It enhances the personality of a woman to be identified with a certain color or a special perfume.
- Learn to transcend yourself by being interested in other people.
- Cultivate common sense.
- Have a sense of humor.