Well, Good Deal: Brazilians Tend to be Pretty Attractive

Via LiveScience.com:  Will Humans Eventually All Look Like Brazilians?

A population forged from the long-term mixing of Africans, Native Americans and Europeans serves as an archetype for the future of humanity, Stearns said: A few centuries from now, we’re all going to look like Brazilians.

Of course, this news will be hard for people like Pat Buchanan (and a number of our commenters) to accept.

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. legion says:

    Of course, this news will be hard for people like Pat Buchanan (and a number of our commenters) to accept.

    I dunno… I think getting his pubic hair ripped out would do Pat Buchanan a world of good.

  2. michael reynolds says:

    So we’re not going to turn into Na’vi?

  3. Liberal Capitalist says:

    … as an individual who personally lived for 2 1/2 years in Rio de Janeiro, I heartily support this message!

  4. Liberal Capitalist says:
  5. JKB says:

    Oh my, that will definitely mess up the class warfare. I suppose there will lots of fighting with themselves. So will we judge on skin color, the 32nd rule, or maybe then we can get to the dream of content of character?

  6. ernieyeball says:

    Will Humans Eventually All Look Like Brazilians?

    To look at this ad we have a long way to go…


  7. Murray says:

    But, but, but, if we all become sexy and attractive where are we going to find a motivation to work?

  8. CB says:

    youre trying to kill superdestroyer, arent you.

  9. Franklin says:

    @Liberal Capitalist: Thanks. I think Steven’s being a bit stingy with the necessary photos that should accompany such a post.

  10. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Liberal Capitalist: For some reason or other, I’ve never looked that good on Fat Tuesday. I wonder why?

  11. I don’t want to live in a world without redheads!

  12. Liberal Capitalist says:


    For some reason or other, I’ve never looked that good on Fat Tuesday. I wonder why?

    I have to tell you, they EAT better than we do, as well !

    When my wife and I lived there, we dropped weight, and it was not difficult.

    When we came back, the American expectation of supersized portions is just a killer.

  13. @Murray:

    Or to study STEM.

  14. Lib Cap says:


    But, but, but, if we all become sexy and attractive where are we going to find a motivation to work?

    This is something we figured out after a year there.

    The answer is: The month before Carnival.

    It seemed that with the Brasilian life, there was always something else to do (beach, surfing, dinner, travel, beach, etc)… except EVERYTHING got done right before carnival season, as you wouldn’t want it hanging over year head.

    American work ethic be damed! I’ll take Brasil’s ethos any time.

    This was my “suburb”, Barra da Tijuca …



    Kite surfing was HUGE on our beach. This is right in front of where our apartment was:



    You can google seach for the bikini pics yourselves!

    All I can say is that I am doing my best to get back to Brasil for retirement…

    If I will be one of the 47%, I may as well do it there !

  15. mattb says:

    By the time our decedents are all naturally pleasantly brown. we’ll have hit the sigularity and people will be pretty much free to mod ourselves (and our skin color) as much as they want.

    The better question is, given his recent posts on things like how Conservatives are sticking their heads in the grounds about current polling and this post, one has to wonder if Dr Taylor is trolling part of his own readership.

  16. Andre Kenji says:

    More or less. The point is that there is no average Brazilian. Specially in the city of São Paulo you can spot all kinds of ethnicity in one place. You can find all kinds of people, but they are not mixtured at one.

  17. Andre Kenji says:


    Actually, it’s more like you turning a blind’s eye to what is happening. People are being killed in the ME, and there has been relatively no honest explanation for it.

    Note that Brazilians have a very different relationship with race than Americans have. Most Black women that I know have their relationships with white men and they would think that Americans are insane if they discover that there are Black Women in the US that prefer to be single than to marry a white men. Several Black Americans would be considered Mulatto or white in Brazil. One of the problems of racial quotas in Brazil is precisely to define who is Black.

    I think that African Americans have a bigger problem with Brazil than Pat Buchanan have. They go to Brazil, find a lot of population that they think are Black, but they got disappointed when they see that all these Black People that they see do not consider themselves Black.

  18. LC says:

    I watch a lot of Brazilian TV. They are an attractive people, but I think I’d vote for Jamaicans as a model for Western humanity.

  19. Andre Kenji says:

    Brazilian TV is not a good measurement. Telenovelas are worse thermometer of reality than American television and you only white people all the time.

  20. Steven, you need to start posting these things with images.

    You know. For science.

  21. Peter says:

    As the joke goes, if you didn’t know any better and watched Sabado Gigante on Univision, you would think that Mexico is part of Scandinavia.

  22. An Interested Party says:

    Oh my, that will definitely mess up the class warfare.

    Indeed…if we all were around the same shade, we could avoid situations like the lighter among us not wanting any of their taxes to go to help the darker among us…

  23. LC says:

    Well Globo (the major novela producer in Brazil) is not quite as bad, although I will admit that the modern novelas are not particularly integrated, to be kind. It seems to compensate by producing a fair number of novelas set during and immediately after the slave period in the country.

    And, come to think of it, most of its other programs are, well not quite Scandinavian (no where near as many blondes as on Univision) but still …

  24. Andre Kenji says:

    @LC: Globo Telenovelas are an easy target for criticism. Their telenovelas have something like the double of episodes that the typical Mexican telenovela has. It´s much more difficult to keep a good story from the beginning to the end. There are lots of characters that never goes to work , but that live in luxurious mansions with maids and they have luxurious breakfasts, with all kinds of fruits and meals. That´s not the reality of the country.

    And yes, Globo is the Brazilian Televisa, and that´s not compliment. Besides that, France has a horrible story regarding it´s immigrant population, but it´s easier to find Black and Maghrebin reporters on French television than any nonwhite people on Brazilian newscasts.

  25. superdestroyer says:


    why should I care how people look. The real question is how they act and what kind of culture people live in.

    Of course, Brazil has a small patron class and a large peon class. This seems to be what too many Americans want to really imitate.

  26. Martha Severson says:

    Weren’t the Americas all conqured. With that said you find all kinds of people in the Americas. As far as Brazilians come I think they are the most arrogant, ignorant, racist South Americans I’ve ever meet. For the past 6 years they’ve lived among me and all I see is very ugly people. All the women I’ve seen are bottled blondes because they don’t want to be mistaken with the other latin americans (ignorant thought). Maybe they haven’t seen Carlos Ponce or William Levy or Edith Gonzalez, latin americans come in all shapes and colors. They are also some of the most unattracitve women I’ve seen (face wise), they look like men. Of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so this is based on my eye and many others that share my opinion. The men all think they are God’s gift to women, but they aren’t. I guess at the end of the day it doesn’t matter what you look like, or if you are bi or multi racial. What matters is how you carry yourself. I hope I never look like a brazilian!!!

  27. sam says:

    Here’s a the official video of one of the most popular songs today (outside the USA): Ai Se Eu Te Pego by Michel Teló of Brazil. Check out the audience. I look forward to the coming Brazilification (only hope I live long enough to see it).