What Message Does Body Language Send?
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Is It Love?1 of 10
By Maressa Brown for YourTango
As A-listers make the rounds this awards season — and walk the red carpet arm-in-arm with their rumored lovers or partners — they’ll offer a different kind of eye candy for the keen observer: intriguing body language. Here, renowned body language expert Dr. Lillian Glass weighs in on the top cues to look for when you tune in to upcoming Hollywood spectaculars.
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Feet pointed toward a mate is a clear indication of love, says Glass. Rock royals Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale have often been spotted in this pose. “His foot points toward her, and then his whole body engulfs her,” explains Glass. “This shows they’re a solid unit, and he really supports her.”
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This popular and very readable pose of a couple’s feet pointed toward each other demonstrates like-mindedness, says Glass. If his feet are pointed toward her, he really loves and adores her. But the congruent pose indicates a sense of harmony between the two, explains Glass.
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When the man has his arm wrapped around a woman’s waist, it could seem, at first glance, as if the duo is a lovey-dovey pair. But look closer. “If the man’s fingers are digging into her, that’s not a good sign at all,” says Glass. “It definitely indicates stiffness and tension between them.”
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Although many of our favorite red-carpet walkers are actors by trade, they’re not fooling anyone when they stare into one another’s eyes, a la Angie and Brad. “If you see celebrity couples looking right into each other’s eyes, it’s a sign of tenderness and affection,” explains Glass. “You can feel the love between them.”
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Leaning Away6 of 10
A couple standing side by side without touching may appear relaxed initially, but may also be leaning away from one another. Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson have been guilty of this pose. “Leaning away signals that the relationship is very contrived,” explains Glass. “It illustrates that they’re not connected, and one or both may be hiding from the other.”
Hip Check7 of 10
Red carpets can get crowded, and paparazzi often encourage rumored or confirmed celebrity couples to pose together, but there’s no need for hips to touch — unless there’s a lot of chemistry between the pair. “Hips touching indicates sexual attraction,” says Glass. Case in point: Twilight costars-turned-lovers, who recently wrapped the most sexified chapter in the saga.
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This dynamic pair is often seen focusing its attention in the same direction when they walk the red carpet. This can be a major cue that the pair is on the same wavelength, Glass shares. What’s more, it shows there’s mutual adoration between the two. “As for Tom and Katie, he absolutely adores her and is taken with her,” observes Glass.
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A body connection doesn’t have to be below the belt to indicate real intimacy, as Ellen and Portia DeGeneres have demonstrated by posing with their heads and/or cheeks touching. This illustrates that “they’re thinking alike, and they’re very in-touch,” says Glass.
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Hunched shoulders can indicate insecurity issues in a relationship, but relaxed shoulders that touch can signal a strong bond. Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake have been seen on the red carpet striking a happy pose that’s shoulder-to-shoulder. “It means they’re literally shouldering it together, presenting a united front to the paparazzi,” says Glass.