As the title says, skill is sexy. There’s no doubt about it. Several times, my opinion of someone has been seriously influenced by my learning of a talent they have. This isn’t to say I’ve suddenly liked someone who I previously thought was a bastard. Rather, being able to do something very well is a remarkable positive-modifier, if you will.
I totally understand why rock bands have groupies, though I do not understand why they express their admiration in the way they do.
It’s even more a positive-modifier when the skill is physical. You get talent and fitness at the same time. What’s not to like?
It’s no surprise to me that men often raise an eyebrow at the mention of involvement with swimmers, dancers, skaters, skiers, and similar types of female athletes.