There is a stereotype concerning the description of a typical Ukrainian woman that she has “black eyebrows and brown eyes” like in outstanding Ukrainian song “Ochi chornye” («Black eyes»). But practically this cliché turns out to be old, as there is a great variety of fair-haired and dark-haired Ukrainians with blue, green or grey eyes.
Theoretically, the appearance and traits of all Ukrainian women can be divided into several types depending on the region of their origin.
Southern anthropological area
Lower Dnipro type: dark-haired women with cheerful nature
The inhabitants of southern regions, such as Odesa, Mykolaiv, Kherson, Zaporizhia are mostly dark-haired and dark-eyed with a straight nose and oblong face.
They inherited their appearance from the Scythian-Sarmatian tribes and Turkish nomads (proto-Bulgarians). It is commonly believed that southern women are more cheerful, optimistic and have an easy attitude to life. They received these traits due to their stable lifestyle by the sea and warm climate. Some psychologists state that such women are also witty and businesslike.
Central anthropological area
Fair-haired women with changeable nature
Ukrainian women from central regions are usually of average height and have a medium-sized face with small cheekbones and eyes, round head and fair hair. In some regions, they are dark-haired with dark eyes.
From the ancient times, the territory of Ukraine was the crossroads of trade routes, where blood was blended by various tribes and races, such as Trypillians, Iranians, Scythians, Greeks and local proto-Slavic tribes. That`s why the appearance of Ukrainian women from the central area has “average characteristic”.
Ukrainians from Central regions are usually controversial and have a great imagination and fantasy. Mood and health swings are also inherent to such ladies that is explained by flat territory with great opportunities and the lack of any barriers.
Danube type: individualists with European roots
This subtype of central Ukrainians takes the second place by the majority and represents such regions as Khmelnitsky, Vinnytsia and partly Ternopil. Characteristic features of such women are europeoid traits: long and narrow face, straight and thin nose, fair hair and dark eyes. Women inherited such traits from their ancient ancestors – Celtic and Thracian tribes.
The temper of Danube Ukrainians is changeable, headstrong and sometimes skeptical.
Northern anthropological area
Polessky and Volyn types: esthetes with medieval appearance
The inhabitants of such regions as Kyiv (partly), Volyn, Rivne, Zhytomyr, Lviv, and Ternopil (partly) have mostly fair hair, blue or grey eyes, and medium height. They have an active life position and well-developed esthetic feeling. Such women are also emotional, dynamic, vigorous and sanguine. read more