And I’m Sure They Think We’re Glamorous, Too

If you’re hoping to become a glamorous Hollywood celebrity, don’t expect to get by on your sex appeal alone. In the run-up to the Academy Awards, a poll by New York-based Ziccardi & Partners found 75 percent of Americans saying “talent and style” are the indispensable elements of glamour. Fourteen percent cited “sex and allure,” while 10 percent picked “popularity and charm.” Just 1 percent find “luxury and wealth” the main hallmarks of glamour in a celeb. While it masquerades as a way of judging others, does this hierarchy of glamorous traits also reflect respondents’ self-regard? People pride themselves on their ability to discern talent and (even more so) style. By contrast, any oaf can recognize the sheer tonnage of a celebrity’s wealth. We’re always happier to admire other people if that admiration somehow reflects well on us. Anyway, which movie stars do Americans view as today’s most glamorous? Tom Cruise was the leading man (28 percent), trailed by Pierce Brosnan (15 percent) and Sean Connery (11 percent). Among actresses, Julia Roberts was voted most glamorous (28 percent), followed by Gwyneth Paltrow (21 percent) and Charlize Theron (19 percent). Cruise and Roberts also topped the vote when respondents were asked to name the best-dressed stars. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas ranked as the most glamorous recently married couple (31 percent), followed by Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt (21 percent).