We’re all too familiar with rumors about young beautiful women marrying older rich men. Think Donald Trump and his wife, Melania Knauss-Trump. Then, the prettiest girls from school or from work are often known for being sexually promiscuous. Stories like these are widely used as moral tales, claiming that pretty girls are sleazy and rich boys are always keen to take advantage of that. Or is it that everybody’s after something and, if given the resources, we’re more than happy to trade looks for finances and vice-versa? In any case, these stories are told to prove a bitter point – not that easy to pin down, but it’s something along the lines of love and life being unfair to those of us who are dreadfully average and hardworking. What a drag.
Luckily, we know of someone who carefully documented the most desirable qualities in a potential partner. Spoiler alert: that thing about trophy wives is a myth, sort of. Well, let’s put it this way: we have good news and bad news. The good news is that there is no such thing as a trade between looks and money when it comes to going steady with a romantic partner. The bad news is that pretty girls marry handsome guys, and same goes for the wealth factor, i.e. well-off people choose well-off partners. Now, don’t give up just yet. There is much more to the story, and some bonus good news is that by and large, people manage to find perfectly fine (if mostly temporary) partners to make them happy.