NEW YORK, June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Former President Bill Clinton recently admitted that he nearly destroyed his marriage by having a fling with Monica Lewinsky "just because I could." But in her new book, LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT (DK Publishing, 2004), author and internationally known portraitist Suzi Malin suggests that what Mr. Clinton calls "sophisticated, complicated, psychological explanations" for his affair are rather the result of a strong visual attraction based on similarities between Monica Lewinsky's face, the face of his mother, and his own face. In the book LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT, Malin explains each concept. The first level of visual attraction is called echoism. "When a man or woman meets their echoist match," writes Malin, "the attraction is likely to be mutual because both will react to the easily recognizable similarities in their features." By observing photographs of Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky side by side, one notes that both share eyebrows that are curved like a bird's wing, puffy eyes, fleshy cheeks, a rounded base of the nose with similarly shaped nostrils, a fleshy, slightly jutting lower lip, and a strong chin and jaw line. Their faces "echo" each other. The second level of attraction, according to LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT, is harmonism. This refers to the similarities between Bill Clinton's own face and Monica Lewinsky's face. By examining photographs of this pair side by side, one notes their similar facial proportions. "Each likes the way the other looks and so feels comfortable with them," writes Malin. Both Clinton and Lewinsky have short noses, a broad jaw line, a short distance between the nose and mouth, and a long distance between mouth and chin. The third level of attraction is called prima copula, which refers to a visual attraction that results when a man meets a woman who resembles his first bond: his mother. Malin notes that both Monica Lewinsky and Virginia Clinton have round faces with rounded chins and short necks, wide-set eyes and similarly shaped lash lines, short, wide noses with heavy creases on either side, and a similar distance from the base of the nose to the front teeth. "When in adulthood we meet the person who resembles the first bond our natural instinct is to fall in love as we did from the cradle all those years ago," writes Malin. "Often men jump into these relationships without caution, regardless of their responsibilities or position. Instinctively they trust the women because this is the love that goes back to the cradle where affection was first learned." "It is rare and very lucky when a person belongs to all 3 love categories," says Suzi Malin. "This leads one to believe that the attraction between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky may have been very strong ... Although Clinton told Dan Rather that his affair with Monica Lewinsky was 'just because I could,' in light of the visual evidence, I might suggest that his answer was incomplete and perhaps should have been 'just because I could - not help myself!" Why then, did the couple eventually split up? "Clinton's relationship with Lewinsky is one instance where pain and public humiliation may sadly have been too great to entertain renewal," offers Malin. Readers who are curious about additional side-by-side comparisons of visual attraction among celebrity couples such as Madonna and Guy Ritchie, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, and Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi should consult a copy of LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT, available at bookstores now.
SOURCE DK Publishing