In 1991 Allure did a survey to find out what Americans think of as beautiful. Now 20 years after the original, the beauty magazine did the same survey to see if the standards of beauty are similar. They found that our tastes are changing and where once blonde hair and blue eyes were the epitome of beauty, now we embrace dark hair, curves and dark skin.
The survey showed that women now feel that mixed race women are the most beautiful, as well as curvy body types. Top beauty icons named included Halle Berry, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Alba. This is different from the previous study where blonde model Christie Brinkley was named the top beauty icon of the time. The study also showed that African-American women tend to be more confident about their body and sex appeal to the opposite sex than Caucasian women.
One thing that did stay the same is that both men and women find that the opposite sex peaks in their looks and sex appeal in their 30′s. Over three quarters of respondents found older women to be more attractive than they did in the early 90′s, including young men.
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