20140823_152407-e1448469443774-918x835-768x699Zinnia Kumar is a Scientist in the fields of Ecology & Environmental Science, Human Evolutionary Biology & Anthropology.

Zinnia’s curiosity for science began at a young age. Preferring David Attenborough documentaries to cartoons, at 6 she declared to her teacher that she will be a scientist when she grows up. Over the years her academic flair and love for science only grew, Zinnia graduated high school at the top of her class and was awarded DUX. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Advanced Science in Ecology & Human Evolutionary Biology  (First Class Honours) from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

Zinnia’s passion continues to guide her and  she is currently undertaking Postgraduate research in Modern South Asian Studies from the University of Oxford, focusing on colorism (Skin tone discrimination) in South Asia.

Zinnia has currently published two scientific research papers on a concept known as Negative Frequency dependence (basically rare traits have an advantage). One on the hair colour of women and she has also produced a viral research paper on how beards are most attractive when they are rare, coining a new social term “Peak Beard”, a new well-referenced aspect in human evolution and social media. (As seen in Forbes, BBC, CNN, The Guardian and more, you can read about it here Are Beards About to Die?)

Her academic knowledge and  experience as a fashion model brings a unique twist to the study and conversation of beauty combining science with real life perspectives & experience, giving her powerful insights and in-depth knowledge into beauty, as we know it today.




1. Negative frequency-dependent preferences and variation in male facial hair. Biology Letters. 10(4), 20130958.

2. Are preferences for women’s hair color frequency dependent? Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, 1, 54-71.


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