The term “beauty standards” is often associated with negative political concepts like the oppression of the ruling class, like the Anglo-Saxon vision of beauty, or illnesses, like eating disorders or depression.
But changing beauty standards are starting to reflect something quite different and encouraging. Allure reported that “Mixed Race is the Epitome of American Beauty.” According to a 2000 person survey, Allure learned that what we consider beautiful has changed over the past 20 years from the stereotypical white skinned, blonde-haired, blue-eyed skinny model to someone who is darker, curvier and has more prominent features.
Some examples of our version of the ideal beauty? Halle Berry, Jessica Alba and, give you three guesses, Angelina Jolie.
Given that our country is made up of all colors, ethnicities, religions, etc., it’s great to hear that our images of beauty and expectations of what’s beautiful reflect rather than fight our demographic make-up.
Another sign of the times? 86% of everyone surveyed thought that middle-aged women are perceived as more attractive than they were 20 years ago. All those new anti-aging techniques must be doing their job, huh?
But, at the same time, the peak age for attractiveness for both women and men has lowered. You’d think the opposite given the above, no?
Oh, well, I guess you can’t win ’em all.