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5 Myths About What Boys Want Busted!

Boys debunk modern-day legends and tell you what they really want!
photo by Dakila Angeles ★ makeup by Ces Guerrero ★ hair by Monica Llamas ★ modeling by Grace Remulla of CalCarrie's, Justin Quirino, and Vince Fideles ★ styling by Angel Constantino ★ shot at Fuzion, Greenbelt 3

MYTH BUSTER #1: THIN IS IN

"I wouldn't want a girl to look like Kim Chiu. She looks so fragile, she might break if I hold her hand!" —Marcus, 16

The issue of weight really holds little, well, weight when it comes to beauty. What matters more to guys is an issue of health. There's a difference between a girl who's a little chubby and one bordering on obese. But the true misconception is that guys are attracted to stick-thin, waif-like girls. The truth is that these models and IT girls who seem to skip to and from eating disorders are not the subject of guys' fantasies. They're not our dream girls. They're yours. These stylish starlets are the toast of the fashion crowd, being heralded for their designer duds and must-have bags. But they're not babes because they're in Balenciaga! Any guy would choose the healthy physique of the curvaceous Beyoncé Knowles over a skeletal model. So the next time you hesitate to take another bite of apple crumble, don't! You might just find a guy to share it with.

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MYTH BUSTER #2: DAMSEL IN DISTRESSED JEANS

"Girls who are too clingy and needy can be pretty irritating." —Gio, 17

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Guys like to take care of girls. It's completely natural that a boy would pay special attention to the apple of his eye, showering her with love and attention. This only becomes a problem when the girl expects too much, all the time. It's cute when a girl wants to be with a guy and coos for attention, but the moment she's stuck like glue, her loving arms begin to resemble the tightening grip of a python. Girls who are too needy, to put it plainly, are a bummer. It's the era of the independent woman, which means that you can pretty much do anything you like and pursue your own interests. In fact, guys are more attracted to girls with their own passions. It makes girls seem more appealing and fascinating. And let's face it, guys have short attention spans-making them work for your attention and presence will hold their interest longer.

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MYTH BUSTER #3: THE PERFECT DREAM GIRL

"Guys want to keep it real. We want girls who are genuine, and the popular bunch isn't always the best place to find them." —Oliver, 18

It may seem that all guys drool over the same type of girl: the popular, beautiful chick on campus. However, what girls may not know is that while the cheerleader or prom queen may be the ultimate eye candy, most guys would keep it at just that...something pretty to look at. The truth is that save for a few guys who crave the thrill of the hunt, boys don't want to chase after a dream, especially one that is shared by almost every other male around them. Guys can be possessive, and this may be manifested in not wanting to have a girlfriend that other guys are ogling. Also, guys are easily discouraged, and despite the resistant and seemingly confident stance, they need some encouragement. The unattainable girl is likely to show little hope, and that can be damaging to a guy's oh-so-fragile ego. So even if you may not be drop-dead gorgeous, it doesn't mean you have to lose out to the supermodels of the batch. Showing interest and being approachable are sure-fire ways of getting a guy's attention.

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MYTH BUSTER #4: THE HIGHER THE HEMLINE, THE HIGHER THE INTEREST

"If you want to be respected, then dress with self-respect." -Luke, 19

Yes, guys do like a girl to look pretty. Actually, we'd like them to look pretty darn fantastic. But looking like a bombshell is very different from looking like a stripper. If Destiny Child's "Nasty Girl" video taught us anything, it's that a girl who is overtly raunchy can be as unattractive as a toad. Though it may seem like most guys go for scantily clad babes, truth be told, the classy girls are the ones the boys take home to their mothers. Decent doesn't mean boring. What it does mean is you've figured out who you are and are simply expressing your natural beauty. Dress how you want to be treated.

MYTH BUSTER #5: ALL YOU NEED ARE LOOKS

"Some girls think that guys are all about appearances. I find that insulting. We're a lot deeper than most girls give us credit for." —Gian, 20

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Girls aren't the only ones who can relate to Shania Twain's "That Don't Impress Me Much." Guys find it unfair when they are accused of being all about appearances. Of course it helps if all girls had perfect figures, flawless skin, silky hair, and luscious Angelina Jolie lips, but I'm sure girls also secretly wish that every guy were a walking Brad Pitt! The truth is, beneath all the comments that guys make about hot chicks, what we want most is to be loved and respected. If a guy is treated well and valued for who he is, that is enough to win him over. In reality, pretty girls are actually a dime a dozen, but good-hearted girls who are loyal, faithful, and respectful are harder to find than you may think.

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