Shifts in the promotion of thin beauty ideals and racial minorities in Seventeen magazine from 1955 until 2014

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Caley Cassell, Sociology (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Gwen Hunnicutt

Abstract: The promotion of thin beauty ideals in Western culture have been linked to the rise in eating disorders in the latter half of the 20th century. The current study attempts to examine shifts towards thin beauty ideals within the popular teen magazine Seventeen by analyzing the body size of cover models, and the frequency of diet, exercise, and body-related articles during the period 1955-2014. A body analysis of the cover models revealed a significant trend toward a thinner body shape. Diet, exercise, and body-related articles all increased from 1955-2014; however, only body-related articles were found to increase significantly. These findings suggest that overall trends toward thinness are continuing within our culture, holding broader social implications for the presence of eating disorders.

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Language: English
Date: 2015
Beauty Ideals, Minorities, Models, Race, Seventeen Magazine, Thin body shape
Women in mass media
Minorities in mass media
Mass media $x Influence
Feminine beauty (Aesthetics)
Beauty, Personal $x Psychological aspects
Body image in women
Eating disorders in women

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