Rivolia Chen Xiao-Yu (陳瀟玉) '23, Gettysburg College
Date of Creation
Chen Zi-Ang was a young man who had long black hair and black eyes. When appearing in public, as long as he had the conditions to do so, he bound his long, black hair in the common hairstyles among his contemporary Chinese men. Nevertheless, when in situations such as resting in his bed because of his long-term illness, his long, black hair was often untied. For a long time, Chen was very thin, and he had suffered from long-term physical illness. Chen's physical appearance further included most if not all of these characteristics: a light skin color, a comparatively soft skin texture, little or no facial wrinkles, a relatively high facial contrast, a comparatively wide distance between eyebrows and eyes, relatively thick lips, a comparatively small head, and a comparatively small jaw. A point that has echoed with “a light skin color” has been this impression of mine: Chen’s face was frequently pale; the significant source of Chen’s pallor was his long-term physical illness that I suspect to be anemia or heart disease, or both. It would not be surprising if Chen was weak in his lungs. I also suspect that Chen suffered from sleep disorders for a while. Often, his dress and accessories were neither opulent nor dazzling, but simple and refined. Across times and regions, when at least the vast majority of people evaluate human physical attractiveness or unattractiveness, they have five major psychological criteria: the higher or the lower degree of symmetry, the consistency or inconsistency with the average facial features, the presence or absence of beauty in biological sex features, the perceived health, and the perceived youthfulness. According to the highly widespread standards across time and regions: most signs indicate that Chen’s physical appearance had a mid-upper level of attractiveness. Chen's physical appearance had the characteristics of being tender, and his face was relatively feminine and youthful. Chen’s physical appearance seemed to have the characteristics of being pure and elegant, or having a simple, natural, and “unbound” beauty, or both. I am unsure of whether Chen had a small amount of whiskers or not, or how many whiskers he had. I am also unsure of his physical height. There was a greater likelihood that Chen’s voice was relatively high-pitched than low-pitched. Especially in the mid-late and late stages of his brief life in the human realm, Chen’s facial expressions have often been composed and tranquil, while being more or less melancholic. The physical appearance of Chen Zi-Ang was consistent with the frequently-observed physical appearance patterns among mainland Chinese men and women. By common standards, Chen Zi-Ang’s physical appearance was thin, frail, pure, and delicate, while possessing a firm and determined energy; he “sometimes further demonstrated a dumbfounding boldness and spicy defiance” (Wang Zhi-Qing).
Empress Wu Zetian’s physical appearance commonly possessed the same extent of attractiveness with the beautiful appearance of Elizabeth Taylor. One of her historical identities was her status as a beauty icon. A relatively reasonable inference has been that the physical appearance of Chen Yuan-Jing often left others with the impression of being masculine, healthy, and possessing some characteristics of being refined. The positive elements of the physical appearance that Chen Yuan-Jing often had contributed to his career as a political leader. Since the physical beauty of Chen Yuan-Jing received less attention, hymning, and praising than Wu Zetian’s top-level attractiveness which she often possessed received, I tend to estimate that Chen Yuan-Jing’s physical appearance possessed a mid-upper level of beauty rather than a top-level of attractiveness. In the 2023 CE world, those whose physical appearances are relatively similar to that of Madam Gao’s should be young Mongolian women of light skin color and physical appearances of a mid-upper level of attractiveness.
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Chen, Xiao-Yu, "The Maximal Reconstruction of Chen Zi-Ang’s Physical Appearance from the Perspective of Psychology, with a Discourse on Those of Chen Yuan-Jing, Wu Zetian, and Madam Gao (從心理學角度，最大限度重構陳子昂形貌；兼議陳元敬、武則天、高氏形貌)" (2022). Student Publications. 991.