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Allure magazine marks its twentieth-anniversary with a beauty survey revealing diversity as the new standard of beauty in America. In Allure’s twentieth-anniversary March issue, Allure interviewed 2,000 women and men to find out if the perception of beauty had changed since the magazine’s first beauty survey two decades ago in 1991. In 1991 the study found Christie Brinkley to be the ideal standard of beauty- blonde hair, blue eyes and thin. The recent study shows that Angelina Jolie- dark hair, curvy figure, edgy look- has replaced Brinkley as the American ideal standard of beauty. It’s funny the epitome of beauty has only switched from one type of White woman to another.

Interestingly there were several racial differences found in the study as it relates to beauty.

* 64% think women of mixed race represent the epitome of beauty.

* African-American and Hispanic women are twice as likely as Caucasian women to report not wanting to change their body in any way.

* African-American and Hispanic women are more likely than Caucasian women to feel they’re more attractive than their significant other.

* A third of African-American women think of themselves as the most attractive person in the room.

* African-American and Hispanic men are nearly twice as likely as Caucasian men to say the butt is among the most attractive features of a woman.

* African-American men are directionally more likely to embrace and aspire to curviness – they say they want curvier hips and a higher/rounder butt or a larger butt.

* African-American women are least likely to be on a diet/watch their weight.

I’m ecstatic there is finally something in the media favorable for how Black women feel about themselves. Black women being more likely to “embrace and aspire to curviness” sounds about accurate. But it seems like interviewing 2,000 men and women, without knowing what fraction of that number were Black and Latino women, can’t possibly represent the majority.

If the findings are completely accurate Black women as a whole have a high self-esteem in regards to body image. I can only hope that is true. However, when aspiring British model Claudia Aderotimi died from butt implants, plastic surgery is becoming as common as drinking water and women suffer from situations seemingly stemmed from lack of self-love, I’m inclined to believe the numbers in the survey aren’t totally representative of all Black and Latino women.

As a society has the ideal standard of beauty really evolved? Has the appreciation for curves replaced the obsession with being thin? What do you think about the survey’s findings?

Talk to me.

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