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For the March 2011 issue of Allure magazine, also their 20th anniversary issue, they conducted a beauty survey of 2,000 women and men to find out if the average American’s beauty perceptions and preferences have changed over the past two decades.

Among their finds? Black women are happier with their bodies than white women, but are less likely to diet. READ ON!

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Beauty Preferences

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

– 70% of those who wish to change their skin color wanted it to be darker – this was pronounced among women.

– 74% of those surveyed believe that a curvier body type is more appealing now than it has been over the past ten years.

– 69% of survey respondents believe there is no such thing as an “all-American look.”

– 85% of those surveyed believe that increased diversity in this country has changed what people consider beautiful.

Racial Differences

– 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.

The Age Factor

– The younger the male respondent, the more likely he is to agree with the statement “Cougars are hot.”

– 86% of everyone surveyed think that middle-aged women of today are perceived as more attractive than they were two decades ago.

Celebrity Ideals

– Both men and women include Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Matthew McConaughey, Harrison Ford, and Hugh Jackman in their top picks for most beautiful males.

– Both men and women include Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Megan Fox, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, and Jessica Alba in their top picks for most beautiful female.

Note: When they first did this survey back in 1991, supermodel Christie Brinkley was considered “ideal.” We’ve come a long way. SOURCE

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