Problems Young Black Women Face with Beauty + Body Image

Problems Young Black Women Face with Beauty + Body Image

Article Review: Beauty and Body Image Concerns Among African American College Women

31 female African-American students between ages 19 and 25 participated in this study at a Southwestern U.S. University. 

Researchers wanted to know what unique issues young African-American women typically face in regards to beauty and body image. 

What did they find?

  • Young African-American women consider hair to contribute most to a 'beautiful' appearance!
  • African-American women spend a LOT of time and resources to keep up their hairstyles. In fact, AA women will sometimes round-up money for a trip to the hair salon BEFORE purchasing their next meal! 
  • Hair is sometimes used to stereotype black women. For example, some believe that women are trying to make a political statement with their hairstyles. 
  • Lighter skin tones are typically preferred than darker skin tones, both within AND outside of the black community. 
  • Many AA women feel that conforming to white beauty standards helped them to achieve more, such as in their professional lives.   
  • Most women in the study believed media representations (movies, tv, radio, etc.) of black women are inaccurate.
  • Many black women feel that their natural hair can cause problems in the workplace, affecting them economically and professionally! 
Source: Awad, G., Norwood, C., Taylor, D. S., Martinez, M., McClain, S., Jones, B., Holman, A., Chapman-Hilliard, C. (2015). Beauty and Body Image Concerns Among African American College Women. Journal of Black Psychology41(6), 540-564. 
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How Women REALLY Feel About Beauty

How Women Really Feel About Beauty

Article Review: Women's Attitudes to Beauty, Aging, and the Place of Cosmetic Procedures: Insights from the QUEST Observatory

 

In a study by Ehlinger-Martin et al. (2015), they surveyed 1000 French women between ages 25 and 70, about feelings towards beauty and aging. 

Researchers wanted a picture of women's attitudes towards beauty, skin care, aging, the use of anti-aging products, and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. 

What Did They Find?

  • 92% of women in the study believe it's possible to age beautifully. (Of course!) 
  • According to these women, top tips for aging well and maintaining attractive skin included:
    1. Good diet 
    2. Regular exercise
    3. Lots of water! 
    4. Regular visits to the hair salon 
    5. Use of skin care products AND sun protection 
  • Keeping skin moisturized should always be priority #1! It helps create a 'youthful' appearance. 
  • Many women actually feel younger than their chronological age!  
  • For younger women, the biggest complaints included signs of tiredness and dark circles around the eyes. 
  • For older women, biggest complaints included fine lines and wrinkles.  
  • Many women feel it is necessary to begin using anti-aging skin care in your 30s!  
  • Although around 50% of women in the study were open to minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, such as chemical peeling, very few women have actually gone through with these procedures. 
Source: Ehlinger-Martin, A., Cohen-Letessier, A., Taieb, M., Azoulay, E., du Crest, D. (2015). Women's Attitudes to Beauty, Aging, and the Place of Cosmetic Procedures: Insights from the QUEST Observatory. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 15, 89-94.  

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