Lauren Marbe is officially one of the smartest people in the world.
Marbe, a stunning 16-year-old blonde from Essex, England, recently scored a 161 on a Mensa IQ test. That score puts her one point ahead of well-known big brains such as Albert Einstein and Bill Gates.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Marbe described herself as a typical teenager who enjoys fake tans, manicures and going out with friends.
“I love my fake tan and fake nails as well so I guess I am a bit of an Essex girl in that sense,” she said. “I’m glad that I might be able to show people that we aren’t all ditzy and blonde.”
It’s no surprise that Marbe is already a straight A student at Roding Valley High School in Loughton, Essex, where she scored a double A* on her science GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) test.
Marbe said she dreams of one day being a performer in the West End – like Essex celebrity Denise Van Outen. In the meantime, Marbe said she's aiming to take A-Levels in art, physics and maths after her GCSEs, this summer. She's interested in studying architecture at the University of Cambridge.
Her parents, David Marbe, 45, a cab driver, and Sue Marbe, 45, deputy head of a primary school, said they will be happy whichever path their gifted daughter chooses.
"Living in this area there is a lot of pressure to be the stereotypical Essex girl, but she has a real nice support from the other girls," Sue Marbe said. "Most of the time Essex gets a bit of a negative press. People think all girls are blonde and all girls are dim.
"Lauren is blonde, but it does seem like she has shaken the stereotype that all Essex girls are stupid."
Experts believe that Albert Einstein had an IQ of around 160 -- just shy of Essex's brightest teen. Einstein never took an actual IQ test, as none of the modern intelligence tests existed during the scientist's lifetime.
The late American psychologist Catherine Cox Miles has calculated the IQ of Einstein and a number of other historic figures. The IQ test aims to test a range of abilities to determine the level of intelligence of the student -- in the UK the average score is 100.
Lauren Marbe took the Cattell III B test, under supervision from British Mensa, and scored 161 -- one point shy of the maximum score test takers can achieve if they are under 18, the Daily Mail said.
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