For the March twentieth-anniversary issue, on stands February 22, Allure conducted a beauty survey of 2,000 women and men, taking the pulse of the average American to see how beauty perceptions and preferences have changed over the past two decades. It examines the face of American beauty and what we as a culture find attractive. The results indicate a shift in the features we find beautiful and shows that cultural desires have changed – perhaps forever.
Allure first conducted a beauty survey in 1991, when Christie Brinkley was considered to have the ideal, all-American look with her blonde hair, blue eyes, slim figure, and soft features. The new survey shows that Angelina Jolie’s dark hair, pronounced features and curvy body has replaced Brinkley as the beauty idol of today’s women. Additional findings include:
- 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.
- 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