Survey: 73% of women find curvier bodies more attractive

NEW YORK - As 18-year-old Giovana Frediani and her friends stood in front of the mirror to prep for a night out, one girl turned around and complained that her backside was getting big.

It was that moment when Giovana -- popular, fashionable Giovana -- felt the knock of self-doubt.

As usual, she dressed to accentuate her curves, a typical style among her Latina family and friends. But these friends were from a predominantly white area in Oakland. In her eyes, there was nothing oversized about them.

"If she was saying that about her own body, then she must have been thinking the same way about mine," said Giovana, an American high school senior who grew up in a mostly Latino and black area of Oakland.

"I almost feel out of place because they define beauty in different ways than I do."

The U.S. population is growing, changing, mixing in new ways - more people are in interracial relationships and more identify as multiracial than ever. Those realities change the way women, especially, look at others, ourselves and the idea of the "all-American beauty," if there is such a thing.

Some trend-watchers and researchers say the increased diversity and mixing among races is shifting the population away from a standard of beauty for women that's dominated by white faces. Others agree that it's happening, but say it's driven by mass media's desire to reach a more diverse audience -- or sell products to it.

Out of 2,000 people who responded to an Allure magazine poll in 2011, 73% of women said they find curvier bodies more attractive now than they did over the last 10 years. People polled said they wanted larger lips, butts and hips, an Allure editor said, and 70% of those who want to change their skin color said they want it to be darker. The same survey said 64% believe women of mixed race represented the "epitome of beauty."

And 71% of women and 67% of men said there's no such thing as an "all-American" look.

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