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