Beauty? Brains? A good cook--or good in bed? What do men really want in a wife? It's a question single women ask themselves all the time. And married wives beat themselves up about on insecure days. Are we good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, skinny enough? What qualities do our husbands actually value the most?
Well, according to a new survey, it ain't what's in the mirror.
Russian dating site ElenasModels.com asked men to list the top three qualities they look at for a wife. And it turns out twenty-five percent of them chose "loyalty" as number one. Fifteen percent chose "loving/loves me" and rounding out number three was "honesty" -- chosen by ten percent of the men.
Elena Petrova, the founder and CEO of Elena’s Models says she was surprised by the results. "Looks aren't the top priority for men when seeking a serious relationship and marriage; the integrity of the relationship is," she says.
They also surveyed women about the top three qualities they looked for in men. Perhaps less surprisingly, looks didn't even make it into the top 10. "This survey confirms it once again that honesty, love and loyalty are the top priority in the long term to make a relationship work," says Petrova.
So while it's still probably not a good idea to just let yourself go completely--it's nice to know your husband probably isn't contemplating his exit strategy on your bloated days. As the cliche goes, it really is what's on the inside that counts.
The detailed survey data of what men want in a wife can be found at Elena's Models.