The Dalai Lama: Any Future Female Dalai Lama “Should Be Very Attractive”

The Dalai Lama speaking on July 7, 2015
The Dalai Lama has an interesting take on a future female Dalai Lama -- watch  David McNew/AFP/Getty Images

Say what? The Dalai Lama’s opinion on a future female Dalai Lama may surprise you. During an interview with BBC’s Clive Myrie, the Buddhist revealed that if a female Dalai Lama is chosen, she basically has to be hot.

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"The female biologically [has] more potential to show affection…and compassion,” the 14th Dalai Lama told Myrie, before expanding on his past comments about how a female successor would have to be attractive.

“If female Dalai Lama come, then that female must be very attractive, otherwise not much use,” he told Myrie, who then asked if he was “joking.”

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“No, true!” the Dalai Lama said, clarifying that he was being serious. He did state, however, that in the “troubled world” we live in, “female[s] should take more important roles.”

The Dalai Lama has also previously declared himself a feminist. “I call myself a feminist,” he told the crowd while accepting the International Freedom Award. “Isn’t that what you call someone who fights for women’s rights?”

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Watch the interview above.

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