Resting Bitch Face Actually Makes You Better, Says Science

Scowl away, ladies.

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If Queen Elizabeth II, the OG of resting bitch face, is now officially the longest-reigning monarch in all of the United Kingdom's history, there must be something to it.

Actually, there's now scientific evidence that proves RBF could help make you HBIC. According to Texas Women's University researcher and consultant Rene Paulson, who published a recent article on the topic in Quartz, those with chronic resting bitch face have a stronger sense of self-awareness—and a better ability to communicate—than their toothier counterparts. 

"Women confronted by a world that automatically attaches negative attributes to their non-smiling face must quickly learn how to communicate and also hone a finely-tuned awareness of both our own emotions and the emotions of those around us," she writes. "Women used to being constantly misunderstood focus more on the words someone says, rather than their tone, body cues, or facial expressions, ensuring a more effective flow of information between both parties."

But make no mistake, fighting the good RBF fight has its downsides. As Paulson points out, studies of women in the workplace have shown that serious and assertive behavior is often perceived as a negative, while lighthearted behavior can damage credibility. Yes, just another catch-22 to add to the list.

Gender-norm hurdles notwithstanding, we totally agree with Paulson that women with RBF should embrace it: It's not only a blessing in disguise, but but you've got the Queen and like half of Hollywood on your side.

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Lauren Valenti
Beauty Editor

Lauren is the former beauty editor at Marie Claire. She love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. She firmly believes that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.