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
doleo 23rd-Nov-2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
for those of you who said you'd want to gain weight

is it a health issue to be underweight if you don't have an eating disorder? i'm 5'2 and half and usually a little under 100 lbs. my dad said he was even skinnier at my age and now struggles to lose weight but my brother and sister never had this problem.
kurtvonnegut 23rd-Nov-2012 07:08 pm (UTC)
i don't know the answer, but i do find it interesting how a lot of people believe that skinniness is caused by health problems/genetics but refuse to believe the same of fat people.

a lot of it depends on your frame tho, blanket statements like "being overweight" and "being underweight" are p much useless.
doleo 23rd-Nov-2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
well i'm pretty petite, so maybe that's it?

but it worries me that i'm always hungry after eating and often physically tired.
cerseilannister 23rd-Nov-2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
Idk . Maybe if you're feeling bad, there's no big issue. I suppose it could be st tho. How old are you? I'm same height but have been 105-110 since hs but when I've had periods of illness, I did go under 100.
Obvs I'm not a health professional or anything.
doleo 23rd-Nov-2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
i'm 19. i've been the same height too but my weight kinda drops infrequently but never anything ~drastic
cerseilannister 23rd-Nov-2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
Oic. I think it's still normal for bodies to go through growing changes at that age so maybe it's st like that.
doleo 23rd-Nov-2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
i should exercise but it makes me really tired very quickly.

but i'm glad to know just being underweight isn't the issue.
doleo 23rd-Nov-2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
that makes sense, thanks!
cityxpretty 23rd-Nov-2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
If that's how you are naturally, no I don't think so. I don't think the body would even be too underweight or overweight naturally, but I could be wrong.

If there's a drop in weight because of an illness or medication, then yeah.
doleo 23rd-Nov-2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
i think i'm that way naturally so that's good. i have to work on my eating habits and exercising but it's good to know just being underweight isn't a problem.
cityxpretty 23rd-Nov-2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
Oh I forgot to say, if it's really extreme then that would be bad, but it doesn't sound like that's the case for you. Seems like you're fine. :)
doleo 23rd-Nov-2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
i don't think it is. thanks for your help :)
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