With those overly realistic eyebrows and blondish hair, that woman would not be considered a beauty by Heian standards. And as for the man - he doesn't look plump at all!
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I’ve seen some of the anime. So far, everyone has black hair. But the lack of plumpness in the men did take some time to get used to. But I think the men are drawn that way to appeal to the modern viewers and their ideal of an attractive anime man.
Oh, definitely. I doubt modern viewers would find a plump, pale, very effeminate man quite as attractive as Heian women did.
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