1:28 pm - 11/22/2012

Beauty/Gossip Magazines Survey: The Results

idris & jlaw

So yesterday I had some of you take a survey for a research project that I'm doing. I'm looking at how white standards of beauty are being perpetuated by magazines (such as favoring light-skinned WOC -- who are closer to the white beauty ideal -- over dark-skinned WOC, excluding non-white people altogether, etc.) and what effect this has on women. I got a little over 500 responses, but then I had to delete a few, and I ended up with exactly 500. Some of you wanted to see the results of the survey and so I've compiled it into one post. Here are the results:

(1) gender
(2) age range
(3) race ethnicity
(4) magazines
(5) how often - magazines
(6) fairly represent

(7) rate yourself
(8) change your appearance 
(9) appearance

Most people wanted to change their weight, specifically they wanted to lose weight: lose a few pounds here and there, slim down their thighs, lose a lot of weight (more than 15 pounds), get liposuction, etc. A couple people said they wanted to gain weight. The second thing most people wanted to change was their nose: slim it down, fix a bump or something else they felt was wrong with it, etc. The third thing was breasts. Most people said they wanted to get a breast lift, the second was breast augmentation, the third was a breast reduction. The fourth thing was skin, specifically having to do with complexion: getting rid of acne, scars, blemishes, , stretch marks, skin disorders, evening out skin tone, etc. Six people said they wanted to have lighter skin and two people said they wanted to have darker skin. Next was hair: changing their hair texture or getting rid of unwanted body hair permanently.

~28 said teeth
~16 said they wanted to be taller (some specifically expressed the desire to have longer legs)
~16 said chin 
~15 said buttocks
~14 said ears 
~13 said feet
~11 said lips
~6 said eyebrows
~6 said cheeks/cheekbones 
~5 said they would change everything 
~4 said jawline
~3 said forehead
~2 said calves

List 5 male celebrities (actors, musicians, models, etc.) who you find physically attractive. Results:

idris elba
#1 Idris Elba

ryan gosling
#2 Ryan Gosling

chris hemsworth
#3 Chris Hemsworth

tom hiddleston
#4 Tom Hiddleston

#5 Robert Downey Jr.

#6 Zayn Malik

chris evans
#7 Chris Evans/Tom Hardy

#8 Joseph Gordon-Levitt

jesse williams
#9 Jesse Williams

godfrey gao
#10 Godfrey Gao

#11 Michael Fassbender/Andrew Garfield
#12 Matt Bomer/Zac Efron/Ewan McGregor
#13 Brad Pitt
#14 Alexander Skarsgard/Johnny Depp
#15 James McAvoy
#16 Daniel Craig/Christian Bale
#17 Viggo Mortensen/Frank Ocean
#18 Lee Pace
#19 Jake Gyllenhaal/Harry Styles/John Cho
#20 David Beckham

Honorable Mentions: Aaron Paul, Adam Levine, Channing Tatum, Adam Scott, Richard Madden

List 5 female celebrities (actresses, musicians, models, etc.) who you find physically attractive. Results:

#1 Jennifer Lawrence

#2 Rihanna

#3 Beyonce

#4 Scarlett Johanssen

mila kunis
#5 Mila Kunis

#6 Angelina Jolie

#7 Keira Knightley

emma stone
#8 Emma Stone/Lucy Liu/Antonia Thomas

charlize theron
#9 Charlize Theron

kerry washington
#10 Christina Hendricks/Kerry Washington

#11 Megan Fox
#12 Amber Heard
#13 Kate Winslet/Marion Cotillard/Natalie Portman
#14 Rachel McAdams
#15 Zoe Saldana
#16 Rachel Weisz
#17 Lana Del Rey
#18 Miranda Kerr/Kristen Stewart/Emma Watson
#19 Adriana Lima/Salma Hayek/Zooey Deschanel
#20 Anne Hathaway/Monica Bellucci

Honorable Mentions: Cate Blanchett, Leighton Meester, Olivia Wilde, Iman, Gong Li, Rosario Dawson

So there you have it. Hopefully the mods approve this. And if you have any feedback about my questions/survey, lemme know.  

Source: Me, my survey, ONTD-ers
beachshore 23rd-Nov-2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
Why do I feel like that dude got #1 and some people are featured on this bc you pitched it as a 'hey take my poll to see who you find attractive in our whitewashed media!' it's the sad truth. That would automatically have people being 'nice' by featuring at least one poc in their list idk
kurtvonnegut 23rd-Nov-2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
i didn't want to say this but you did first lol. idris is definitely attractive but i also feel like he's the "go-to guy" when people want their lists not to be 100% white and that's why he's #1.
102bb 23rd-Nov-2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
Of course he is. He's the new Denzel
beachshore 23rd-Nov-2012 06:45 pm (UTC)
lol I'm cynical so I will gladly take first stab. I know many find Rihanna and Beyonce hot too (IMO) but if I did the survey, they might not be the first to come to mind for my list!

OP, we're curious how you pitched this survey to people and what it all said. I'd think you to be smarter than wording it and pitching it to people in a way that would be trying for specific answers or giving away WHAT you were testing for.
vampireweekend 23rd-Nov-2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
this is true :/
tx5mym5 23rd-Nov-2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
Yep. I feel like Jesse Williams is also taking Michael Ealy's spot as "light skinned black guy'.
chuk_is_dazzled 23rd-Nov-2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
its sad but ia
flashnights 23rd-Nov-2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
ia tbh
natvach 23rd-Nov-2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
He's so fucking delicious though
xdecadentx 23rd-Nov-2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
noon 23rd-Nov-2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
yeah people were probably primed to include poc
fasdsr2 23rd-Nov-2012 07:03 pm (UTC)
exactly what i thought as i was scrolling down
bellwetherr 23rd-Nov-2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
Idris is everyone's go to POC.

I mean, he's sexy as hell and I'm not mad, but it's the truth.
eccentricvibe 23rd-Nov-2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
I'm negl that that's the first thing the popped in mind. The same thing for when I saw Rihanna and Beyonce and #2 and #3. It's like they're everyone's go to attractive POC celebrities.
la_petite_singe 23rd-Nov-2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, MTE. Idris is ridiculously attractive, but as soon as I saw the results I knew they largely reflected ONTD's manic aversion to overly-white lists/celeb-worship, rather than people's actual faves. For one thing, I find it funny that Rihanna's so high when everyone here hates her and often says she's looking bad. IDK.

Edited at 2012-11-23 07:11 pm (UTC)
huntertp3 23rd-Nov-2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
I think Idris deserves the top spot,but I do believe you're right that people made an effort to put them on his list to prove a point. I think if the race wasn't such a factor Idris,Jesse,or Godfrey wouldn't be as high as they are. Even though they should be.

Edited at 2012-11-23 07:12 pm (UTC)
hera_bearrra 23rd-Nov-2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
That's something I would definitely take into consideration when analyzing these results. There's definitely a couple ~flaws~. And there's bias in most surveys, anyways, because people tend to answer how they think you want them to answer.

I didn't say specifically what the survey was about when I had people take it. But I'm sure people were smart enough to maybe figure out what I was doing based on the type of questions I was asking.

Edited at 2012-11-23 08:33 pm (UTC)
tebtosca 23rd-Nov-2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
But Idris is my perfect man
kwikimart 26th-Nov-2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
IA but Idris is def sexy as fuck.
He's one of the few ONTD faves that is genuinely sexually attractive and looks like he has sex.
A lot of them are asexual, awkward weirdos.

I think that the men are still attractive but maybe there was a lot of ONTD answering the way they thought they needed to answer.
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