Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Or is it?
According to the time-tested and quality-controlled Wikihow, one can be hot by having sex appeal (this is accomplished by accentuating curves and avoiding youthful charm in favor of a seductive one). Several ladies magazines attempt to define this specific variety of attractiveness, and the qualities that consistently show up are poise, confidence, flattering dress, and make-up. Glamour even recommended specific techniques, such as a trademark pleasing scent, and extensive eye make-up. Is this really necessary?
Nerdiness, like beauty, is something instantly recognizable, but indefinable. A similarly reputable source, Sparknotes, approaches a description of a nerd in contrast to its GPA competitors, geeks. Nerds, according to these Sparknote authorities, tend to wear conservative and practicable clothing (think: prescription glasses that they actually need and have needed since childhood), rather than to convey a deliberately eccentric image, as in the case of a geek (who prefers graphic T's). Nerds have a keen interest in a variety of esoteric subjects, so long as they err on the unconventional and intellectually side, while geeks are (self-avowed) experts in one particular field. Career choice can also be a useful index. Geeks prefer creative, fun work such as graphic artists or writers, while nerds gravitate toward any profession which will benefit from their tireless research (like librarians, computer programmers, and scientists).
Finally, nerds are generally more reserved in social situations, as they are aware of their awkwardness, while geeks are socially merciless and overwhelming.
While TheRichest has already scratched the surface with this topic, it definitely deserves to be revisited - with more variety. Where 30 Rock's Liz Lemon is a television geek par excellence, she is squarely outside the scope of an introverted, understated, curious nerd. Who takes the place of her, as well as NCIS' Abby Sciuto who appeared on April's list? There are plenty to fill the (converse) shoes.
15 Topanga - Boy Meets World
14 Jessie Spano - Saved by the Bell
13 Sally (aka "The Vulture") - White Collar
12 Dana Scully - The X-Files
11 Amélie Poulain - Amélie
10 Bernadette Rostenkowski - The Big Bang Theory
9 Dr. Eleanor Arroway - Contact
8 Cameron Howe - Halt and Catch Fire
7 Winnie Cooper - The Wonder Years
6 Felicity Smoak - Arrow
5 Michaela Pratt - How To Get Away With Murder
4 Dr. Joan Watson - Elementary
3 Charlotte Lewis - Lost
2 Dr. Julia Ogden - Murdoch Mysteries
1 Willow Rosenberg - Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Playing Willow on this popular series was a big role for Alyssa Hannigan, who went on to give us How I Met Your Mother. Willow is intelligent, shy and quirky, and so an apt foil for the central superwoman, Buffy (played by the iconic Sarah Michelle Gellar). Her zeal as a student of witchcraft leads her to (spoiler alert!) explore the evil capabilities of her magical powers.
I, for the most part, am a nerd. Where you fall can largely be determined by self-identified affinities to each of these characters featured here. If you've made it to the end of this article without skimming or using social media, there is a high probability that you, too, are a nerd (and maybe even a hot one!)
Sources: Glamour.com, Sparknotes.com, VanityFair.com, CBC.com
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