We were having coffee in the courtyard of a neighbor's house yesterday morning when a man I knew came by with his wife. He's an average looking guy, pleasant enough but nothing special, although his eyes are a bit more intense and his body a bit more trim than his US counterpart average guy would be. The wife, however, was something else. A stunning beauty. Total knock out.
However, you could tell she didn't think she was anything extraordinary. Probably that's because she isn't. Serbian women are, on average, more beautiful than Americans ... or Germans or Austrians or Hungarians for that matter. It's a matter of beautiful bone structure mixed with nearly perfect posture and grace of bearing, strong healthy hair (even natural blondes), glowing olive skin tones (again even natural blondes), and those Serb eyes. Plus, until they hit middle age nearly no one is overweight. Not even a few pounds around the middle.
(The children and teens here are the same -- perfect posture, perfect skin, and rarely overweight.)
As I tried not to stare at my friend's wife, who was calmly prepping a fishing pole for her intended afternoon outing to the Danube, I thought, "If Tyra Banks saw an entire town of women like these while scouting for her America's Next Top Model show, the top of her head would pop off. It would be too much to choose from, overwhelming."