Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3004: Sophia Loren Recounts Her Famous Sideways Glance Photo with Jayne Mansfield's Photo - But Does Her Explanation Match Her Body Language? Hmmmm (PHOTO)

Sophia Loren recently went on record (in her memoir, "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: My Life") describing what she remembered about this famous Hollywood moment at a Paramount-organized party for her in 1957 while sitting with Jayne Mansfield:

"She came right for my table. She knew everyone was watching. She sat down. And now, she was barely… Listen. Look at the picture. Where are my eyes? I’m staring at her nipples because I am afraid they are about to come onto my plate. In my face you can see the fear. I’m so frightened that everything in her dress is going to blow—BOOM!—and spill all over the table."

While Loren may have felt social "fear" because Mansfield's dress was going to "blow" before or after this famous "Sideways Glance" photo was captured, in THIS MOMENT she did not feel any fear, rather her expression is classic for disgust (along with some anxiety as well). While she was suppressing her display somewhat, her mid-facial tension, the flaring of her nostrils, along with the leaning away of her head and neck betray her true emotion of disgust. What other disgust amplifier signal is present here?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3003: Chris Brown - Using Body Language Signs to Predict Violence

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2970: Benjamin Netanyahu & Barack Obama at the White House - What Netanyahu Really Feels

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2816: Donald Sterling Interview - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2603: Sarah Palin's Body Language - She Feels Disgust toward Pope Francis and ... She Tells a Fib

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1841:  Disgust in Response to Rep. Barney Frank's "Hoodie" Joke