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April 6th, 2012
10:54 PM ET

Can there ever again be an 'all-American' beauty?

Editor's note: This is the final part of a six-week series on the perceptions of beauty. Last week, we looked at self-acceptance and self-confidence. This week, we explore how beauty standards across cultures affect perceptions of beauty in the United States.

Check out what CNN iReporters say beauty means to them.

By Sarah Springer, CNN

(CNN) - 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 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.

The results were wildly different from a similar poll the magazine conducted when it launched in 1991, Allure Executive Editor Kristin Perrotta said.

“There was a dramatic shift in what people considered the beauty ideal in America now,” she said.  “We went from the blond hair, blue-eye, typical all-American girl like Christie Brinkley in 1991, to this dark, sultry Angelina Jolie ideal in 2011.

“It just was not what you would have imagined the Hollywood ideal being, which is also this tall, thin, blond ideal that we are sort of used to.”

But even before girls and women tackle universal beauty ideals, they’re often struggling to understand standards closer to home.

Looking in the same mirror as everyone else’

Marium Soomro parents’ are from Pakistan, and even before she hit the teen years, her mom brought home the skin lightening cream Fair and Lovely. Women in her family used it in Pakistan, and carried on the practice in the United States, she said - even her fairer-skinned mothers and sisters.

“‘Hey, put this on, you’ll get whiter,’” she remembers her mom saying. “Or, ‘Put yogurt on your face at night and your skin will get lighter.’”

Soomro is 23 now, and a student at Rutgers University. She still uses the cream sometimes, she said.

Then there’s Leslie Rosales, 27, a Filipino who was born and raised in a predominantly black neighborhood in South Los Angeles. She’s Asian, but connected more with her black friends’ sense of beauty and style.

“Going to the Philippines, everyone there was petite,” she said of trips to her family’s home country. “They’re small and for some reason I’m not. I’m 5'4" and I weigh 155, I’m considered an overweight giant in the Philippines.

“I felt the pressure from family and tried to change, so that was difficult, dealing with what my family thought I should look like opposed to what I thought I should look like.”

Giovana, the Oakland high school student, said she feels pretty among her classmates and community, and it makes her feel in control. But in a different part of town, among a different set of friends, feeling not-so-pretty made her want to act differently, too.

“Honestly, I wonder if I’m looking in the same mirror as everyone else,” Giovana said. “I’ve noticed just how important a perfect body is to every girl. It’s like we are blindly trying to find a way to be who we want to be and the most immediate way we can think of to manipulate who we are is physically.”

When a person is confronted with a dominating culture that differs from their own, the culture outside the home tends to win, said Maya Poran, an associate professor of psychology at the Ramapo College of New Jersey.

“If what you’re sharing in the home is contrasting from that immediately around you and the power of that communication is so much more constant and intensive, we do find that dominant cultural norms win,” she said. “If every single day we’re getting feedback that is telling us negative, it is likely that we are going to feel that thing is negative.”

Although perceptions of beauty can differ depending on culture, race, ethnicity and experience, no one is exempt from the pressures of universal beauty ideals within America.

“The issues about body and beauty are shifting - they’re not disappearing,” Poran said. “Everyone is affected by it, influenced by it, and related to it in some way.”

Even as body and beauty standards shift and include more people of color, Poran said there will still be a dominant body type – thin and white - which can be a struggle for women outside that body type.

“There is a white norm and there’s a black norm and a Latina norm and there is an Asian norm, and they are all equally different, but there is a dominant standard of beauty, which is white or white-like,” Poran said. “The more people who are included in very a narrow version of beauty, the more likely they will compare themselves against it and feel negative about themselves.”

“No one is untouched by it. No one.”

 ‘A a narrow version of beauty’

Poran, who is writing a book about race and beauty, said she began to research body ideals after she noticed most studies used white women as a standard of beauty, even as they studied women of different racial and ethnic backgrounds.

“For the majority of this research vein, whiteness was the unquestioned image of beauty,” she said. “Meaning when we’re talking about beauty or body, they were covertly talking about whiteness, but not realizing it.”

Poran organized different focus groups geared toward allowing white, black and Latina women to define their own feelings about beauty.

Young black and Latina women Poran interviewed said they felt judged by multiple standards of beauty – one within their own racial or ethnic community, and another set by a larger white, Anglo community.

“There was no way to get it right,” Poran said. “If you can walk through many different worlds at once, you can be judged by many different standards at once.”

And the pressure to be thin and light-skinned can weigh even on those who seem to match it most closely.

As a child and teen, Rachel Blais always felt ugly. She was pale and tall with curly hair.

“I was very skinny, I had no boobs, I guess that body type when you’re about 13, 14,” said Blais, who was recently featured in the documentary, “Girl Model.”

At age 14, she was recruited to work as a model. By 17, she was traveling internationally for her career. Now 27, she still works in the industry, but she’s among the older models, she said. Many of her colleagues now are prepubescent girls or teens, all of them posed to look like older women.

“Using 15-year-old girls to represent the ideal woman makes me think that a woman of 25, 30, 40 years old looks at those billboards and at a magazine and is looking at girls … disguised as women promoting clothing for women,” she said. “You can’t ever go back to being 15.”

Rachel Blais is featured in the documentary “Girl Model.”

Joan Jacobs Brumberg, a historian who wrote “The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls,” said it’s easy to blame images in the media, but women’s body obsessions were long in the making – and modern conveniences have made it easy to keep those obsessions going.

“I always say you can’t blame it on Twiggy or Calvin Klein. I think they’re implicated,” but it really started in the 1920s, she said. “When you have calories, when you have mirrors, when you have bathroom scales, when you begin to have standard sizing, you don’t have a dressmaker, or a mother who makes your clothes and you have to get into a particular size - those things are critical in how women think about their bodies.”

Taylor Cook, an agent at Fusion Models in New York, said lithe bodies and symmetrical faces are still in demand, but the modeling industry is starting to seek more diverse skin tones and features prominent only among certain ethnic groups. Asian models like Tian Yi and Lina Zhang are representing products in national and international media.

“(They are) two of our top-selling girls, getting all of the major beauty campaigns and high-fashion editorials, and looking at other agencies, their Asian girls are doing really well,” Cook said. “If you would have gone back a few seasons, you didn’t see a lot of Asian girls.”

Perrotta, the Allure editor, expects America’s celebrated beauties will keep changing, too.

“In terms of the models and celebrities who are idolized, they’ll be ethnically vague. You can’t tell if they’re black or white or Hispanic, it’s going to be this mixture,” Perrotta said. “Everyone can see a little bit of themselves in these people rather than the classically Anglican features, or classically black features.”

Linda Blum, associate professor of sociology and interim director of women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Northeastern University, said changing standards of beauty are driven more by business than by cultural curiosity, diversity or acceptance.

“If we have more multiracial children, or more biracial children will (this) lead to more uniform and diverse standards of beauty? I don’t really think so,” Blum said. “I don’t mean to be completely conspiratorial, but (people will) have to find some other way to sustain growing markets.”

Maybe, with the next generation of consumers.

Giovana, the student in Oakland, will graduate high school this year. She thinks life outside the classroom walls will make it easier to understand who she is and what she thinks is beautiful – or how much it even matters.

“I do have a mind, I do have a direction that I want to go in, and aspirations,” she said.

Her goal? Show business.

“I want to do something in that industry,” she said.

Then she added, laughing - “which is all based on looks.”

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  1. Gerri

    I've always thought of the all American beauty as the looks of actresses from yesteryear: Donna Douglas, Whitney Blake, Debra Paget, etc. Certainly no one you see on the big or small screen today.

    April 7, 2012 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Carole

      I agree. Today's "beauties" are all manufactured bit by bit, piece by piece. They are not natural beauties but altered by the knife and laser.

      April 7, 2012 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Drinnc

    There is not an " American Beauty" and there i ever was one. Get past the cultural differences and what remains is universally ingrained criteria that we all use to pick mates. Beauty is not in race or in color but in a youthful appearance that suggests health and strength. These are specires traits that we use to select mates that have the best chance of producing an nurturing offspring. It's all about procreation and none about color or hairstyles or the latest clothes. We make instant judgements about people as soon as we see them. Physical traits help us to determine if another is attractive or not, based only one these criteria.

    April 7, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. USA#1

    Asians are too short. Hispanics are too thick. The All-American beauty is Marissa Miller and my wife, 5-10, 120 pounds, long blonde hair.

    April 7, 2012 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
    • what?

      that's one perverted comment...

      April 7, 2012 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. kennith

    Whatever race you belong, clean smooth skin is beautiful. No itch marks, no pus blotch, no contagious skin disease and no dry flaky scaly sight.

    April 7, 2012 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. MAREK

    Funny, with the article named as it is, I made a bet with myself that whoever wrote it was black, and i was right. Easy to guess these on CNN since they come up so often here. Race in general comes up all the time around black Americans, in fact everything around black Americans is black this, white that. Their comedy, movies, music, the entire culture is to somehow separate themselves and create racial differences, for what i have no idea other than that it must be something that's constantly on their mind. I'm a polish American and 8 years with a black puertoricans lady, yes there are black puertoricans. the only difference why we can be together is that she is a normal down to earth person who just doesn't think or mention any racial lines and she's not down with any of this north American black culture thing, so she wasn't actually raised to think like a racist but rather a normal human being who makes nothing of it. If all black Americans were like that, and this fake ghetto and separatist black culture was thrown in the dumpster were it belongs, we'd have a much better atmosphere in the USA.

    April 7, 2012 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
    • MAREK

      oh yeah, excuse spelling....

      April 7, 2012 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
    • multi-racial rainbow

      Marek, something you should be aware of. There are some people who will let you forget you are a certain race but enough people do not. I was raised to not see race, I simple do not care. However, I have found out the hard way that plenty of other people do see race and usually it is the negative connotations.

      April 7, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • alex_santarelli

      well Marek, you might want to get out a little more. many blacks do not define themselves by their skin color or in my case as I am really really light. my ethnicity. there are plenty of movies that do not highlight race, and many that do but when you are a minority (there are more whites and Hispanics) in a country as big as this sometimes you want to highlight your race, the good and the bad. just as many Polish movies and shows do as well. Get out more

      April 8, 2012 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. Clara

    I used to try to darken my skin by tanning until I moved to an area that is largely populated by hispanics and blacks. Sure, darker skin is beautiful, but where I am a minority, I enjoy being different. Ha 🙂 I am practically glow-in-the dark now, but I love my white skin. It would be so boring if we all looked alike. Embrace who you are!

    April 7, 2012 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. .

    Again, CNN injects race into everything they do, say and print.

    They even tamper with 911 tapes to create racial slurs that don't exist.

    CNN: They report and you decide not to watch.

    April 7, 2012 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
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  9. rs1201

    When a neighbor told my mother that she had three very pretty daughters, my mom responded by saying that she was more concerned with what my sisters and I had in between our two ears than what our appearance was. Maybe she said that because she felt secure that our appearance would never be an impediment to our chosen careers...I don't know...but she never ever made mention of anything physical. It was always what our grades were...what colleges we were applying to...who we were dating...and what she felt was important to our becoming accomplished and succeeding in life.

    April 7, 2012 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
    • .

      Maybe your mom needed to lighten up and learn how to take an innocent and well intended compliment with grace.

      April 7, 2012 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
      • MAREK

        couldn't agree more...why make everything an automatic race thing.

        April 7, 2012 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Bubba Gump

      If you are attractive, your mother replied the way she did because she already knew you had it made in that respect. She just wanted to have insurance in case you end up in a situation where you are around men who think brains do count for something. I think in times this will become a problem for eye candy women. They'll be nice to look at, but the fact they're dumb as a box of rocks means they'll just be ridiculed.

      April 7, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Peter E

    Seriously people, what's wrong with you? So many of you come here to CNN only to complain about how much you hate reading CNN's articles.
    That's like going to visit your sister every weekend only to spend the entire weekend telling her how much you hate her and her family.
    If you don't like it, just don't come here!

    April 7, 2012 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. alex_santarelli

    All american beauty? what exactly should that look like? maybe some of the first settlers here... native american...Spanish.. African....English... french..... Or maybe just a mixture of all of those as those groups were here first in the first 50 or so years. Stupid article

    April 7, 2012 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    Dumb article. What they all have in common is that you will be nagged to death!

    April 7, 2012 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. Peter E

    I find many of the comments here puzzling. Why does talking about race automatically make one a racist?

    April 7, 2012 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
    • MAREK

      probably cause cnn pumps these weirdo racial articles out on a daily basis?

      April 7, 2012 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
      • Peter E

        In what way do you consider this article weird?
        Why do articles about race offend you more than articles about, say, sports? Or celebrities?
        If you don't like these articles, why do you bother reading them, and then commenting on them?

        April 7, 2012 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
    • MAREK

      i find it weird because being white, most white people just don't talk or think about race apparently nearly as much as black americans who seem to make it a center of their life and keep bringing it up all the darn time. it's annoying, can we just be people and not black and white...... jeez i wish i was born 200 years from now where most people will be so mixed that no one will have to act like either race anymore.

      April 7, 2012 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
    • alex_santarelli

      because articles like this make absolutely no sense. Think about it. who were the first to form this nation. english africans the Spanish and the French. not to mention the native americans and later the chinese. it is 2012!!! its time to stop talking about Race and start talking the USA as a nation of people United and nearly all of us are a mixture of the first groups. so STOP STOP talking about Race. its a non issue, and only give racist more ground to think there is a difference between all of us when there is only a difference in intellect and charector

      April 7, 2012 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
      • Peter E

        We white people take race for granted because we dominate the culture. At the same time we don't notice how much we discriminate, even in subtle ways, against people of other races, and thus your response is rather typical. You think race is a non-issue, because you don't notice how much we make it an issue for other races by our constant discrimination of them.
        Just because you want the race issue to go away does not make you less of a problem about racism. Instead of telling other races to shut up, why not try listening to them. You'll learn a lot more about how racism still manifests itself, even from you.
        I also dare you to look up statistics. Minorities are still denied job and educational opportunities at a higher rate, even at the same qualification level (despite the popular myth that somehow it is whites who are discriminated against via racial quotas) and, on the other end of the spectrum, minorities get convicted more and receive harsher sentences than white for the same crime and prior criminal background.
        Just to get you started, I dare you to look up the school to prison pipeline. Minorities are discriminated against from childhood. I know that in your perfect little world you don't understand this, and just want the problem to go away when you shut your eyes, but instead, you should educate yourself. The statistics show that our nation still discriminates against minorities on a systematic basis.

        April 7, 2012 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
      • mema

        White people just dont talk or think about race as much as blacks..pppplllleeeaaasssee. Just scroll down and see all the comments about races other than whites. Its all hatefull cruel comments. Blacks stand up for themselves because they feel discriminated against. If they dont stand up for themselves who will? Im not black but I see the things people say and do to blacks. Yeah and Im sure they wish race wasnt an issie either but it still is in many places even after all these years. Unfortunately.

        April 7, 2012 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
      • Joseph A. Fartbeam

        My business partner and I were going over some resume's and we came across a few that had names like J'son and Terranique on them. From the names we were able to make a good guess as to what race they were. I have to admit we thought twice about them but we brought in Terranique for the interview. She surprised us beyond all belief. We extended her an offer.

        I said that to say even though she was very well qualified, having a ghetto name made us think twice about the candidate. A person's name shouldn't be factored into that decision but it was. We've learned not to judge people based on that now. I am sure if we thought twice about it other businesses have too.

        April 7, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
      • alex_santarelli

        I cannot reply to Peter but this is in response to what you said. I am a Libertarian Black woman. my mom was native American, French Canadian, and black. my dad black and French. In the USA that makes me 100%black. I agree with some of what you said, though I still believe we all need to get past race and color. we are educated enough to realize it is not important. we understand DNA for the most part and that alone should tell us there is only one race. and that is Human

        April 8, 2012 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
      • alex_santarelli

        I never said prejudice does not exist. I have experienced it all my short life (34 years) from my 1st grade teachers the principle, the other students. parents not wanting me to play with their kids. beings asked to leave a 4th grade birthday party when the mom saw I was black. Store workers as I entered stores to buy candy with my own money all through grade school I saw it even though my parents tried to shelter it from me. junior high school principle who refused to let me graduate and take college courses the next year because he felt it was to much for me to handle even though I had already taken and passed high school level math and science courses. High school from other black students. new teachers who accused me of cheating on test that I could not have possibly scored higher than anyone else as I was black. and my adult life I still sometimes get blindsided by racist comments from far left field. even once from a lady who thought I was white at the time lol. it is because of my experiences that I hope and pray that if not in my sons generation but the next race will finally be a non issue.

        April 8, 2012 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. Martin

    JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON!

    Feel his Pain. Know his victimhood. We are all Trayvon.

    April 7, 2012 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. Lisa5000

    What bothers me is skin care products and anti wrinkle creams modeled by teenagers. I will never buy these products. I want to see appropriately aged women!

    April 7, 2012 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
  16. SPLAT

    what a minute! so you're saying that even mexicans, blacks and asians can be considered beautiful too????
    THANK YOU CNN!!!
    I'm so glad you helped me to see this! I never would have thought it to be true!!!!!!
    AMAZING

    April 7, 2012 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
  17. jon

    America has lost most of its culture and heritage. History tells us that once people no longer share a common thread they no longer identify with each other and they become splintered into sub groups. That is why we are in decline now. Multicuturalism is a failure, but political correctness prevents the truth from being reported. No other nation has survived once their national heritage is gone. 100 years of liberalism is the cause behind the decline

    April 7, 2012 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      The United States used to be a great country. "Diversity" has all but destroyed it.

      April 7, 2012 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
      • mema

        Steve America used to be a great country, diversity has all but destroyed it. Unless your several hundred yeats old then you dont know what your talking about. Your anceators came here stole lands, killed American Indiands, killed mexicans for southern states, brought slaves from Africa, enslaves Asians to build railroads ext...Got mad over high tea taxes and war against there home country, got angry at each other over slavery and killed each other. Yeah it was real great depending on where one fits it those scenarios. This only time these lands wete not diverse was before whites got here.

        April 7, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  18. typicalwhitemale

    The reason why white people dominate the modelling world is absolutely because white features are considered more attractive. It's just how it is– whether it hurts feelings or not doesn't change the truth. People are not attracted to buying products with the faces of wide-nosed, dark skinned africans modeling it. They are just not considered to be beautiful. Genetics are what they are. Jealousy is a biotch.

    April 7, 2012 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Jupman

      Yet whites get the most surgery and to give themselves fetures of other races.

      April 7, 2012 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
    • mema

      Typical white male you are not very typical. Im hispanic and by far I have been asked out and complimented mostly by white men. My husband is white. White features are what exactly. There are so many light skin races in the world. With features that vary considerably. I have many cousins that are confused as being white due to skin being lighter than some white friends of mine. Im in no way jealous, dont need to be. There are so many beautiful women of all races. America is a muticultural counrty so diversity of women will continue to increase. Dont like that. Maybe you should go back to where you (ancestors) came from. Problem is sadly you probably dont know where that is. Or your a mix of different caucasion races. Basically a white mutt.

      April 7, 2012 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
      • jerry148

        I think you might've taken that one a bit too far -–oh wait, this is the CNN message board.

        April 7, 2012 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
    • MAREK

      TEST...jeez i swear i cannot write anything here without cnn blocking the post.

      April 7, 2012 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
    • MAREK

      your statement is a failure. the only reason modeling is mostly white is because modeling originates from Europe and Europe is the center-stage of it and hence has so many whites...and i am a white guy so do not think anything.

      April 7, 2012 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Addy

      Yep. You are a typical white male if I ever saw one. Disgusting creatures that they are. Do you not have any common sense? Most models in white countries are white because the products are geared towards white consumers. In non-white countries the majority of the models are non-white. Duh.

      April 7, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  19. typicalwhitemale

    CNN loves to see the destruction of the white race. That is why they are always demonizing white people, and celebrating intermixing. Every majority white country in the world is filled with blacks, hispanics and other racial/ethnic groups. Worldwide, whites are a minority because of liberalism that is brainwashing them into not valuing their "whiteness" at all. You'll never see blacks or hispanics stop valuing their race/ethnicity though. It's a shame.

    April 7, 2012 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Rain

      Good I can't wait until every one is mixed and there are no races anymore. There is no stopping it and it didn't start with liberals it starting when we started being able to travel far distances in a short amount of time. People from all over the world are getting together and having mixed children. It's a beautiful thing!

      April 7, 2012 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  20. Don Prosciutto

    More PC feel-good BS. I am neither blonde nor blue eyed. But there is excellent scientific data that the blonde, blue-eyed fe males w\qjkcm,g a quickly favored evolutionary mutation during the ice age. But in the name of not hurting any one's feelings, we have to pay lip service to how the preference for the above by many males is some sort of evil Madison Ave machination. It is not. It is inscribed in our genes. The truth hurts sometimes, but that must ne better than wallowing in self-pity and delusion.

    April 7, 2012 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
    • allenwoll

      Beauty is Beauty : YOU are challenged, fellow, very much so ! ! !

      April 7, 2012 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
    • mema

      Ice age where humans existed. Oh yeah thats the evolution THEORY. No real scientific proof. Is that when the monkey-dog-fish mated with the cow-deer-cat and thats how we eventially got here. Blahahahaha

      April 7, 2012 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  21. HAHA

    Black women look like men

    April 7, 2012 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
    • MAREK

      jeez...that is one idiotic comment... i'm white and find very few white woman appealing.

      April 7, 2012 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
  22. Nunya

    I wouldn't call model Rachel Blais "All-American"...more like BLEACHED EUROPEAN.

    April 7, 2012 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
  23. I shouldn't be here

    Meh.. I never comment on CNN for fear of pooling myself with a bunch of society's trash but..

    I just wanted to point out that when Perrotta said "“Everyone can see a little bit of themselves in these people rather than the classically Anglican features, or classically black features.”

    He probably meant to say Caucasian rather than "Anglican"

    Good luck with your shallow lives.

    April 7, 2012 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
    • HaamNoi

      You are trash, through and through. Don't ever deny yourself, boy.

      April 7, 2012 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  24. Murf

    Long as it doesn't include black women/men. Everything else is beautiful

    April 7, 2012 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
  25. davman

    hmm... i wonder how many people complaining about stories re: race are actually people of color, have friends who are of color, or have met people of color....

    my bet is that most of you are white. most of you are male. most of you think you're not racist. yet, no one seems to understand, nor is willing to understand the central role that race plays in today's America. had you guys even read one sentence of this article, you would see that, despite your denial, a lot of people face racism.

    April 7, 2012 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  26. HAWAII

    Miss America, Madonna, both on the home page -whenever there's a female'd pic featured here, it's either Arts and Entertainment =or a 3rd Worlder who over bred.
    Lindsay Lohan has made this page more than Barack Obama.

    April 7, 2012 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  27. krehator

    I see beautiful women of all races each day. Well, not right now because I am in Afghanistan, but otherwise yes. Every once in awhile I will see a women that just clicks with me. I don't even know here, but somehow I do. I can detect a good heart a mile a way.

    I'm 40 years old and I still have the urge to go out on "the hunt". lol I'm married though, so I've settled down, but the urge with always be there. However I have the best wife on the planet! I am positive of it. A lot of guys are not that lucky.

    Hispanic women are my weakness. I will admit. That dark hair, tan skin, and passion is.....intoxicating! Not into blondes that much. Nothing agaist them, it is just something I'm not strongly attracted too.

    I can say without a doubt, based on my experience with plenty of lovely females of all races, that beauty truly is only skin deep. A good peronality and stable mentality is 80% of what makes a woman great.

    Women concentrate too much on their beauty and burn themselves out at a young age, when really it is not that big of a deal to KEEP a man. They look their best at a young age, and then use all tha makeup on top of it. As they get older, there is nothing else they can do. It is far better to stay away from all that makeup when they are young, and save it for later.

    You cannot put makeup on a bad personality or emaotional wreck. Sure, the way a woman looks is what FIRST attracts a man, but i there is nothing to back it up, then she is just something to sample. That is the way we are built. Women might not like it, but that is the way it is, and we never expected them to stop being women, so they have to accept us the way we are too. I'm not changing, and either should any other man. We are MEN, deal with it.

    Too all those beautiful women of all races.... you are beautiful, and I miss you all.

    April 7, 2012 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
    • krehator

      Sorry for the spelling. I'm trying to type fast because I'm doing other work at the same time.

      April 7, 2012 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Rain

      Awww, you are so sweet! Come home safe soon!

      April 7, 2012 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  28. bemidji

    I agree with douglas, "can CNN do a story without stirring up race? Your journalism, CNN certainly works with all the rest of the 'dummying down' that's been part of America in the last ten to fifteen years. You're part of the reason why I don't give a 'sh#$%#it' about this country any longer. Everyone has an agenda. I'll stick with my tribe, for better or for worse. The rest of America is just a marketplace.

    April 7, 2012 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  29. Tom Jones

    Why are women so obsessed with the looks of other women? I just don't get it. I'm not angry knowing people form India are better at computer programming or asians better at micro engineering, or bla cks faster runners. Obviously slim, blue eyed young women are the most beautiful on earth and are and will always be sought after. Why do other women have such a hard time accepting that?

    April 7, 2012 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  30. SGT RAYRAY

    ALL American beauty!?!?!? I think this entire article is a bit flawed because if we are talking about ALL AMERICAN, we are talking about ALL Americans and someone decided that this means or meant WHITES ONLY when in reality the true AMERICAN’s of North America were the Indians not the mixture of cultures that exist today... This is a dumb article that only focuses on trying to divide the masses and does not provide any news worthy information, please do us all a favor and remove this piece of crap from the site.
    SGT RAYRAY

    April 7, 2012 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
    • NAVY NCO

      You sir are a moron!

      April 7, 2012 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
      • crramos@comcast.net

        You call yourself an NCO, right...do you even know what that means?

        April 7, 2012 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom Jones

      Typical public educated moron. American Indians were not even close to being the first in North America. They were migrants from Asia through the Bering Strait. White Vikings beat them hear by a long shot and before that, Clovis man. Typical.

      April 7, 2012 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
      • Tony

        You are a complete moron. White Vikings? That theory barely holds any water and the only whackos that support this theory are the least respected in the field. The overwhelming evidence that has been shown from the northern tip of the continent all the way to the southern tip, is that Native American are descendants of an Asian population. Don't waste our time with nonsense, you bonehead.

        April 7, 2012 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
      • Jupman

        LOL White Vikings....Uh I am pretty sure they did not get to the new world till about 1200 A.D or somthing seeing the land bridge in alaska had to melted thus the Native American where already here. If the bridge was still here the vikings would not be able to sail through the north atlantic to get here years before the C-man.

        April 7, 2012 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
    • baatman74

      SGT RAYRAY, great post! One of the few intelligent one's here. It sure is strange how folks come here just to post to other comments and ridicule them, seems these people are shallow having nothng rational nor logical to debate. Shame, Navy nco must be lonely.... Hey, if he is being truthful NCO is Non commissioned Officer, he should be more astute....

      April 7, 2012 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
    • MAREK

      i agree, this article is overboard racists like so much stuff on cnn.

      April 7, 2012 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  31. Wow

    Ok... If you take human beings of every "race" on this planet and remove their skin, there isn't any difference. We are all composed of the same rotting organic material underneath. Everybody gets old, becomes decrepit, turns into a skeleton, and eventually decomposes into billions of microscopic organic particles that are impossible to detect by any of our senses. Race doesnt exist, it is a social construct which was designed to create a sense of superficial innequality among the people on this planet. Seriously... there are more relevant things to discuss other than differently colored layers of skin on the outside of a human body. Simply because your skin happens to be of a different color than somebody else's doesn't provide a justified rationale for people which happen to have the same colored skin as yourself to act a certain way. "Beauty" is impermanent, therefore the obsession of such a concept is ultimately irrelevant. The problem is our ego. We are enculturated to believe that we should look a certain way in order to be socially acceptable, which is absurd when you think about it. The "ideal" person is one of the most paradoxical concepts that the human mind can ever attempt to concieve because every single person has their own perception of what is "ideal". Reaching a common conception of an "ideal" individual is pointless. I thought human beings moved on from topics like this... CNN, please stop publishing dead-end, egotistical articles. Better yet, at least try to report objectively...if that's even possible anymore.........

    April 7, 2012 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  32. Mr. Default

    "Plain" is too nice a description for some people. "Homely" or "nothing special" sounds better. Since I'm in the later
    category, I'll spew my point of view. Magazine models are nice to look at , but they 'er just 2 dimensional, photo shopped fantasy images. Gimme a gal who will shine a smile in my vicinity who is of any race, any skin color and baby,
    I'm pouring my whole world into her. Send me letter in 30 years telling me how your diet went, beautiful.

    April 7, 2012 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  33. ADumbIdiot

    I love reading an article and seeing all the racist comments! Man migrated from Africa about 60,000 years ago. People look different because of physical adaptations to their environment over time. Genetic markers in your mitochondria can verify that. There is not a superior race because race is only an illusion. Beauty has more to do with symmetry and ratios than with ethnic values.

    April 7, 2012 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
    • mema

      Dumbidiot you truely are a dumb idiot. Skin color is a physical addaption over time. Blahahahah. Omg thats so rediculous. Crazy evolutionist statement. Then what explains different eye color and hair color. There would be no need for any change to those and many other ethnic traits to adapt to enviroment. Evolution is a therory not a scientific fact. The only inyelligent thing you said is there is no superior race.

      April 7, 2012 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
  34. anon american

    i find it interesting and SAD that the comment portion of this article has become an ugly race war. The human ego is a harsh mistress. i wish i was above it...but im not. im whiteish...my mother is italian/dutch/english and looks italian with dark skin and black hair. my father was german/irish and looked as such. Im short and thick with dark wirey/curly hair. i have very light skin with freckles and dont tan at all. my hair is thick, i have a unibrow if i dont pluck it. i have a mustach if i dont shave. i have a hairy bush if i dont shave. i have hairy armpits, i have a fat gut. growing up i hated everthing about myself. i do all the things now that im suppose to do to make sure im attractive and it still isnt enough. the body standard is so double sided. its your too skinny or your not skinny enough! its maddening. i saw on CNN a headline about jessica Simpson being fat...shes pregnant for god sake! enough is enough! the world is diverse...who wants a boring world???? everyone likes differnt thing and thats ok! there is a LOOK for everyone. but i know that no matter what, its alway our stupid ego that gets the better of us.

    April 7, 2012 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  35. Charles

    I will take a slightly above average face with curves over a beautiful face and flat behind. Nothing ruins a woman's beauty to me more than a flat butt.

    April 7, 2012 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  36. Karl Marx Sux

    Enough! Shut up already! The social engineering has got to stop now!

    April 7, 2012 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  37. Charles

    Kelly Rowland and Gabrielle Union do it for me. They're All-American beauties to me. At the same time, so is Jennifer Garner. To me, fresh faced beauty is All-American, no matter the color.

    April 7, 2012 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Skyhawk

      Kerry Washignton, and Lindsey Price are also on my list.

      April 7, 2012 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  38. HaamNoi

    I think CNN and Soladad O'Brian are trying to bring back eugenics. It always has to be about race with this organization. It always has to slip some far flung leftist sub-theme in every news story. How about being neutral for a change and report the facts only. If it is not race or misinformation about health and democratic policies, then it is crappy reporting on a war.

    April 7, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
    • multi-racial rainbow

      Well considering the hateful replies associated with this article and others on CNN it is pretty clear there are still those who have racial issues in this country. I hate what bigots say, but I am glad they air their hate in public. It gives proof that there is still an ugly undercurrent of racism in America.

      April 7, 2012 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  39. Dee

    ...really ....on Holy Week you guys!

    April 7, 2012 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  40. Jim456

    Beauty only comes from inside. If you an American woman and you see fast food very often (and I bet you do), your outer beauty is gone pretty soon.

    April 7, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  41. Charles

    Depends on where you live. In some cities the black women ad predominantly professional, in shape, and physically beautiful. In some cities, not so much. White women seem to put more emphasis on being thin and that alone can give the impression of attractiveness. Notice I said "the impression" of attractiveness. For me, chocolate does it.

    April 7, 2012 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  42. phil

    Another CNN article obsessed with race.

    April 7, 2012 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Thank you. At least someone out there sees the BS.

      April 7, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  43. Sirspeaksthetruth

    "As usual, she dressed to accentuate her curves, a typical style among her Latina family and friends."

    Another article written by people who like to perpetuate stereotypes.

    April 7, 2012 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  44. Rob

    "Multi-culturalism" = A biproduct of the internaltional Jews' and Jew-run government's attempt to interbreed all goyim together to create a race of low IQ ugly brown mongrels. We'll be the Morlock to their Eloi

    April 7, 2012 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob J

      coo coo coo coo! LOL!

      April 7, 2012 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Altodiva

      And Happy Passover to you, dear!

      April 7, 2012 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
  45. Tom

    I'm a 100% red-blooded American man. I served this country for six years in the armed forces. And I like ALL kinds of women. White, black, asian, hispanic, indian. THAT is America.

    April 7, 2012 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      You're mom liked black guys.

      April 7, 2012 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Gypsey

      I am so glad you stated that women are beautiful in all countries . I am a RN who has dealt with adolescent girls with eating disorders and if people embraced all facets of beauty including skin tone,ethnicity ,weight, and body types life would be much easier for our adolescent girls growing up.

      April 7, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
    • firefly21

      Good for you Tom!!

      April 7, 2012 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  46. S~

    Hey truther

    Hitler wasn't religious and he is the most famous racist of all time.

    April 7, 2012 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Sirspeaksthetruth

      He was Catholic. The church to this day refuses to ex-communicate him. Goebbels was ex-communicated, not for being Hitlers toadie, but for marrying a protestant.

      April 7, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Hitler also believed the sky was blue and really loved dogs. What's your point?

      April 7, 2012 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  47. S~

    slow news day at CNN.

    April 7, 2012 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  48. the truther

    Racism is caused by religion. Once we get rid of it, no more racism.

    A true american beauty must be an atheist. if you're not, then you're not beautiful

    April 7, 2012 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Sirspeaksthetruth

      The old testament was written based on even older race myths.

      April 7, 2012 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
      • Jupman

        Darn thoes Sumurians...

        But hey everyone was pretty much brown in thoes days. I love DNA its the bain of all our problems.

        April 7, 2012 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Aristocles

      Tell that to the Revered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

      April 7, 2012 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
  49. dx2718

    All that matters is that my husband thinks I'm beautiful. Physical attractiveness is naturally for one purpose: finding a mate, so you can procreate. We don't all choose to procreate nor choose mates with whom we can procreate, but the effect is the same: once you've found love, your appearance has done its job. The only addition is that, unfortunately, we live in a judgmental society, so sometimes physical appearance can have bearing on your career, even if it's not an appearance-based career such as actor or model: people make assumptions and judgments based upon appearances, but as we interact more and more online and less and less in person, this will cease to matter as much.

    April 7, 2012 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Sirspeaksthetruth

      True. I dropped weight from 225 pounds to 185 so far. The single biggest thing I havenoticed is that people actually are just nicer towards me.

      April 7, 2012 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
    • apstar

      So, as soon as you've "snagged" someone as a husband, you have the right to let your looks and manners and everything else disintegrate and expect your husband to still have a meaningful relationship with you? Glad I'm not the one in his shoes.

      April 7, 2012 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
  50. South

    "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

    April 7, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  51. Boom

    So let's see if I have the Media's crazy labels straight: Anglo which used to be just a small Germanic tribe is now all whites including French, Italian, Greeks and Indians. Latino means all races of people who come from Latin American countries. Black gets to stay black-yay for them!

    April 7, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  52. partysstink

    Beauty is beauty i dont care what race you are that shouldnt and doesnt matter.

    April 7, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  53. blinky

    Britney Spears and Beyonce are both equally All-American beauties.

    April 7, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  54. Tyler

    Ok so are we defining beauty by a White mans perspective?? Or are we defining beauty not by what a white woman looks like but what a woman looks like in general. But also are we considering women of third world countries and how beautiful they are not on the outside but on the inside? Really I think this beauty thing is very superficial and makes women out to be plastic and stereotyped!!!!!!!!!

    April 7, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  55. Republikooky

    Sorry, ladies, white is right. Everyone wants to be like Americans and white girls are the standard. Why else do people around the world try and emulate Americans? They dont emulate Mexicans or Chinese or Africans or Indians....they want to be like American white girls. It is what it is....and that way for a reason. Think about it...

    April 7, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
    • joe

      whites dont imitate darker skinned races? why the fk do they spend so much effort getting a tan?

      April 7, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Mitt

        Whites > muds like you

        p.s. - that punk trayvon got what he deserved!

        April 7, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
      • joe

        Ah mitt to bad it wasnt you.

        April 7, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
      • Mitt

        I would never have assaulted Mr Zimmerman the way that chimp did.....therefore no bullet for me 🙂

        April 7, 2012 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
      • Opinion

        I have travelled the world. There are pure black women in Africa that appear Asian with blue and violet highlights their skin that are unbelievable. There are these pure white women in Europe that have piercing blue eyes, platinum type hair and need to use shades of blue and violet and rose in their make-up. There are Asian women that are a fabulous shade of cream and yellow that use metallics to highlight their beauty. There are mixes of al of them and for that matter the bottom line is that beauty radiates from the inside, period. Men too.

        April 7, 2012 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Boom

      lol they don't try to emulate white American girls-hilarious. Other countries have their own models, movie and TV stars.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
      • kat

        Explain why in other countries (indian, Mexico etc) the whitest looking ones are the actors and richest.

        April 7, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
      • Boom

        Mexico, their ancestors were from Spain and they usually had more money. India their is a mixture. Some are lighter, they aren't necessarily the richest.

        April 7, 2012 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
      • Boom

        oh you said actors, some are light some are dark. That's what Latin Americans look like, same with India. Neither country is obsessed with white Americans.

        April 7, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
      • Carla Vazq

        @Kat

        You don't get out much. In Latin America the light skin gets you know where. Light skinned people are not the first to get rich or be famous.

        You need to get away from the TV and do some traveling. I live in South America.

        It is true that the indigenous hold less office and power than those that live in the cities. But that is their choice.

        April 7, 2012 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
    • nicanadian

      hey nimrod, why don't you read a little and look up the background of most Miss Universe winners... brace yourself, it's Latinas... so deal with it... oh by the way Latinas in general are a mix of European/Amerindian/Black so yes multi-ethnic is in and your pale skin is just a greater risk for skin-cancer not a beauty trait.

      April 7, 2012 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
    • firefly21

      There are no pure white Americans in America so your comment can't be true! Everybody outside of the America's know that! It's doesn't matter what country or what race you claim you came as slave for the Queen of England...get over it. Nobody is better than anybody else.

      April 7, 2012 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • ADumbIdiot

      Now that is hilarious! I guess tanning booths, botox and butt implants give that All American White look huh?

      April 7, 2012 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  56. joe

    Halle Berry and Lenny Kravitz, proof that black + white = better looking.

    April 7, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Mitt

      Yuck....mongrels are the ugliest human beings on the planet....

      April 7, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
      • joe

        I guess you would know ugly, look in the mirror.

        April 7, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
      • Mitt

        I'm guessing you're a mongrel? Sorry, dude....

        April 7, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Boom

        Humans have been mixing and conquering each other since the beginning of time, most humans on the planet are already mongrels. Aborigines are the closest to "pure" humans and that's because they were geographically isolated from others.

        April 7, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  57. DamnDesert

    Can there ever again be an 'all-American' beauty?
    Can there ever again be a new agency that reports news unbiased?

    April 7, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  58. joe

    Adriana Lima in the Kia commercials is the epitome of beauty. Brazilian and asian women are best.

    April 7, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  59. ashley

    the truth is the only way there can be an all american is if an indian won. EVERY AND I DO MEAN EVERY RACE IN AMERICA ORIGINATED FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE THAT'S WHY IT BAFFLES ME WHEN I SEE SO MANY TALK ABOUT ILLEGAL ALIENS. we all were taught in elementary about exactly who came over on the mayflower but yet they are the same to claim that they are american and tell every other race to go back to every from africa to china. so to answer the question...yes, if she were 100% INDIAN WHO IS A DESCENDANT OF THE FEW LEFT HERE IN AMERICA THAT WEREN'T KILLED. HARSH, BUT IS IT NOT TRUE?

    April 7, 2012 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Mitt

      There's a difference between conquering a land (which whites did in America) and breaking the laws of a country (such as illegal aliens do now). Whites conquered the natives fair and square; you cannot deny that. You liberals scream about the 'evil white men', but if not for those white men you wouldn't be living in the greatest country today.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
      • joe

        There were no indians in Sweden

        April 7, 2012 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
      • Mitt

        Obviously, idiot....

        April 7, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
      • Kam

        Whites did not conquer "fair and square" (why do racists use this phrase so often?) Furthermore they ignored the citizenship laws and territory laws of the indigenous people that already lived here. (And yes, there were laws.)

        April 7, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
      • Texassky

        Americans took America from the Indians fair and square.???. Learn your history Ignoramus. Americans invaded Indian territory "illegally" just like Mexicans do now. Pretty soon they'll be dominating this Country
        "fair and square". If you logic stocks. Not saying its right but your logic and analogies could use some work.

        April 7, 2012 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Jupman

        LOL Fair and square. Yes murder, rape, bio weapons in the form of blankets. They did not even try to get along and help out. Trolls are funny!

        April 7, 2012 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  60. Charlie

    Didn't read the article. Really CNN!!! Different people have different perceptions of what beauty is! What rock did the person who wrote this article crawl from under?

    April 7, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  61. Mitt

    Congrats, CNN - your communist race-mixing propaganda has worked wonders. Those of us who KNOW the real deal know why you're doing it, too. Funny you guys don't promote race-mixing within your 'tribe', now isn't it?

    14/88

    April 7, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
    • kat

      They can promote it all they want, but white women with their varied hair colours and blue eyes are the best! 14

      April 7, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
      • gpop

        Please explain: why White people, especially White men, tend to build up certain White women with certain other features and bash the others? Many of us out here are confused with your rationale. I don't know how far around the globe you have been, but there are some fantastic and absolutely gorgeous women out there...and they come in every shade imaginable.

        April 7, 2012 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
      • Charles

        I am around white women all the time and some of them are beautiful. However, in all honesty, nothing turns me on like a pretty, chocolate, skinned black woman. I absolutely love them and married one.

        April 7, 2012 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  62. edmundburkeson

    How long will the public tolerate CNN defining beauty in terms of race is the question?

    April 7, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  63. Meep

    This article is all over the place. First, Asian women who use fair and lovely do it to be fair not white, big difference. Fair skin is unmarked wrinkle free youthful skin which has a social relevance. Poor people work in the fields and have sun damage darker skin. These women are trying to look more upper class not Caucasian.
    Second, let's be brutally honest, the fashion industry is run by gay men, the models they like are only race and ethnically neutral but androgynous. Women today seem to be less interested in models anyway They gravitate to their favorite celebrities or fashion sites to look at clothing and products.
    Finally, the blonde blue eyed look has been out of style for over a decade. Dark hair has been extremely popular. Can't stand her, but Kim Kardashian and her ethnically neutral look and curvy body has been the ideal for awhile. So the country has already been moving in that direction. Most advertisements in large cities almost exclusively use ethnically neutral models.

    April 7, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  64. Brian

    The idea of anglo-saxon predefined beatuy is almost impossible nowadays. The few remaining pure anglo saxons (like myself) are simply a remannt of an earlier time. Most people are mixed, so beatuy should reflect that

    April 7, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Lala

      The real Anglos were a small Germanic tribe, there really aren't that many left. For some reason it has become synonymous with white, it's weird and incorrect.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  65. REC

    The ALL AMERICAN would be native americans, not WHITE people.

    April 7, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Yeah because they naturally evolved here.....oh wait.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  66. looking into the future

    To the comment regarding marrying outside of your race and low self-esteem-Your wife/ future wife/husband/future husband/significant other is/will be the luckiest person ever, propagating, according to you, beautiful purebloods with unnaturally high sense of self worth. By the way, excuse my run-on sentence.

    April 7, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  67. Classicist

    Marilyn Monroe' type is the all-American classic beauty

    April 7, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  68. raymond

    White is the most expansive of all the races. Whites have the most variety in terms of hair color, height, eye color and the like. When non whites and whites have babies, those babies will have a far more diverse and striking look than their parents. So beauty being "white-like" is true. I have seen the combinations of white-Latino, white-Asian and the like, and the children are beautiful. They will likely be the new American norm in the future, if not already.

    April 7, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Edward

      Depends on what you mean by "white". I know people from Columbia and Cuba that have the same features, blue eyes, light hair.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
      • mm

        White means white. What is your question?

        April 7, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
      • Lone

        "White means white'

        Which means nothing. Say Caucasian at least. it includes a great deal more information. It's insulting to be lumped into a quarter of the worlds population (or whatever portion you belong to by the basis of your skin color) by a single adjective.

        April 7, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Edward

      Also, just because a race has variety doesn't mean that variety is beautiful. Saying beauty is "white-like" is wrong. I have seen many caucasian people with light hair and eyes and even with those features they still don't look notably beautiful. I have seen caucasian people with dark hair and dark eyes that look beautiful, it depends more on the person and their facial structure and physique rather than race.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
      • gpop

        How about this! My wife is White and I am Black and she is very beautiful (classically). Shocker: She does not wear any makeup! She's always turning heads. I think many people misconstrue true beauty with a made up "beauty". Thank God she doesn't wake up rushing to the mirror to "put on her face".

        April 7, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
      • littlethings

        When the ethnic and racial componets are mixed, it does produce more attractive offspring and a healthier gene pool. People who remain tribal and who do not interbreed do not have that level of beauty. Generalization of course, but a logical one nonetheless.

        April 7, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • gpop

      You seem to have left out White/Black! People are always commenting on how beautiful our daughters are..and they are!

      April 7, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
      • raymond

        gpop: Indeed. That is certainly true. Please take no offense on my omission. It's late here in the Midwest. Fatigue kicking in 🙂

        April 7, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Edward

      Yeah I prefer women without make up as well.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Lala

      There are so many white-anything because they jumped in boats spread across the globe and hooked up with everyone.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Edward

      Stacey Dash is Mexican/ African, both generally dark races and I don't think that anyone would think she isn't beautiful. Kristin Kreuk is Caucasian/ Asian and she's surely beautiful. It all depends, on a person by person basis there isn't one standard of beauty.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • firefly21

      That's not true..lol

      April 7, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  69. ArmandoCedillo

    The all-American beauty is a White Anglo Saxon Woman – always has been, always will be. I should know – I'm a Mexican married to a black woman.

    April 6, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheMendicantBias

      You're an idi0t.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • reality

      ewwwww that sounds nasty, is she fat too? Yall like women to get fat when you get married right.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  70. Boring

    Stupid story CNN! I love how you allow comments on your weaker stories!

    April 6, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lone

      It isn't stupid or boring, just uncessary. Two people, on their own, would not agree 100% on beauty within a single general look. Why even ask the question of a country that has a bit of every culture. Pointless.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  71. Jay

    Wilfrid Laurier University is a university in CANADA. And yet this article is talking about an ALL-AMERICAN beauty....

    April 6, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  72. mm

    CNN is obsessed with race. And moreso, they are obsessed with constantly demoralizing the white race.

    April 6, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mitt

      Amen, brother. Their communist race-mixing agenda has really put a dent in the white race, too. Check out incogman.net for the real deal on what's happening.....

      April 7, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
      • joe

        Mitt, your a loser, in every way..

        April 7, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
      • Mitt

        Did someone get their feelings hurt? 😦

        April 7, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  73. jeremylin

    there are way better looking women than the ones posted

    April 6, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  74. infonomics

    Does anyone ever browse to CNN just for the articles? Is it not the comments that provide the greatest attraction? Like a boxing contest, CNN promotes the fight and the commenters dutifully perform their roles as pugilists.

    April 6, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Richard

    They are just trying to be P.C. Beauty is well-defined. Beauty is recognized even by babies shown images of people. No amount of P.C. spin will make what isn't beautiful, beautiful.

    April 6, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • BJJCA

      Attractiveness is not necessarily beauty. A piece of dung can be beautiful if one's ideas about beauty are subject to the right criteria or in the right context.

      April 6, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • kat

      I have yet to see a beautiful person of colour... Could be bias?

      April 7, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
      • Kandi

        And so what color wins Miss Universe the most often? Duh...

        April 7, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  76. BJJCA

    The whole question is absurd to me, frankly.

    What is beauty? Beauty is a subjective perception of pleasing aesthetic (in the case of people, fashions, etc.) intellectual (a beautiful formula, etc.) or philosophical (in the case of humanities, art, thoughts, ideas, personalities, etc.) qualities and attributes. That's all it is.

    There is no one definitive criterion or set of critera for establishing beauty. Not in people, not in anything else. The criteria are subjective and/or contextual, therefore the beauty is subjective and/or contextual. Hence, for my part, I see beauty or potential beauty in all people, and all things.

    April 6, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  77. TheTruth

    If White women are so ugly, why do black men pursue them so much?

    April 6, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Not really a fair question. Most black men don't really pursue the type of white women that white men want.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
      • Kandi

        Yes, true.

        April 7, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
    • meshuga

      Because black men are uglier.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
      • Charles

        I'm a black man and women of all races have always considered me handsome.

        April 7, 2012 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  78. Irina

    The first thing we notice about a person is their appearance and it goes well or downhill from there, at least in my experience that's the way it's been. I don't like short men so I'm too quick to rule them out as employers, employees, and friends. I like tall, good looking (in my opinion Tom Selleck is good looking–Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't) men with dark hair or gray hair and brown eyes and are well-dressed. Because I'm a woman I'm judged by my appearance too–I know women who follow trends and use all the most trendy buzzwords they leard from watching sitcoms and dramas. That's the way the world is. The trend now is for different ethnicities to win beauty pageants & I doubt the world will return to the "All-American" look again that was so popular in the 1900's. Thank goodness.

    April 6, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  79. thebarrel9

    Norah Jones.

    April 6, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Peikovianyi

    The CNN Beauty Pageant winner could be any ethnicity, because he/she/it would be wearing a hoodie.

    April 6, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Joe Carton

    American is a Nationality, not an ethnicity. So as long as there is a United States of America, there can always be an All American Beauty! (Idiots!)

    April 6, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Annoying

    5'4" and 155 pounds is fat and unhealthy. And probably ugly enough to like a black guy with a anything-but-black-no-matter-how-ugly-or-diseases fetish :p

    April 6, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Annoying

    Another obnoxious article on race, CNN. Please report real news, and quit trying to grab attention by talking about race!

    April 6, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  84. daehttub

    It's open season for trolls with an article like this. Before we have the extremist racist idiots of both side commence firing, let's not miss the point this article sorely misses. As long as we feed the obsession of young women with the superficial skin deep aspects of appearance and not the substance of character, we are just hurting them.
    That said, it's E pluribus unum (out of many, one). The reason America outshines and outperforms the "old country" (Europe, Asia, Africa, etc.) is that we (or our immigrant ancestors) discard the worst aspects of our old country origins and retain the best to contribute to what makes us America. It's our unity and common purpose that give America its strength. To that end we must do everything in our power to put an end to racism, bigotry, and ignorance. Unfortunately, every new immigrant group seems to have the baptism of racist hate and prejudice from the Irish, Italians, Eastern Europeans, African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, etc. One would like to think that we'd be smarter about this in 2012...

    April 6, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  85. pogojo

    beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, nothing more.

    April 6, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Jennifer Williams

    After reading this article, I have to say that I see many of these traits and behaviors with my friends and in high school. I am 18 years old and I am mixed-african american and caucasian, and I take major offense to the comment about whites marrying non-whites because of low self-esteem. That isn't the case at all. That is irrevelant to the article. All those facts within the article that pertain to different races are only facts to represent the influence of trends and what many young women aspire to have. We are shaped and born differently, and we can't help but not want to look perfect because that's what is advertised from the media.

    April 6, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  87. gstlab3

    Where are all the good looking White girls?

    Where are all the good girls?

    where are all the good white women to raise our children and keep our neighborhoods and homes clean safe?

    I think they all got a check one way or the other and started using the public schools to baby sit their mistakes.

    April 6, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  88. yawn

    Why does there HAVE to be defined "ideal beauty"? Slow news day, CNN?!

    April 6, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  89. jade

    Why is it that "american" automatically associates with WHITE? Americans (true ones) were born here before the caucasian invasion... Therefore All american beauty would include no one who is WHITE! That would be All European Beauty.... Speaking of... this is pathetic... find something important to write about is this the freaking 50's a woman is more valuable than her LOOKS!

    April 6, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhoopWhoop

      Actually Europeans were here first, look up the Solutreans. Then the asians crossed the Asia/Alaska ice bridge, and bred out or outright murdered the original inhabitants of North America.

      April 6, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • fjade

      Jade,
      Take a break from spewing your white-hating rhetoric and realize the first man on this continent was in fact European. They were called Solutreans. They originated from modern-day France. Their tools have been carbon-dated and it has been concluded that their tools predated the Asiatic migration to the New World via the Bering Straight by some 10-17,000 years. Of course, when you're a vile, seething racist, you tend to look through the world in a dysfunctional manner, which explains your pathetic and rediculous post.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
      • ADumbIdiot

        Pure Hypothesis. Too many inconsistencies in the research. So NO!

        April 7, 2012 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
    • fjade

      Jade,
      The white race is the largest and most diverse. Whiteness is not endemic to Europe. Arabs are racially white and nearly 1/3 – 1/2 of the central and south American continents are racially white. In fact, there are more white non-Europeans on Earth than white Europeans.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
      • firefly21

        The white race is not the largest it's the smallest. You mentioned Arab that is not a race it's almost like saying American ; the term Arab refers to culture.

        April 7, 2012 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  90. Clear you mind CNN

    There are all-American beauties all around us. They are all different races and skin colors because true beauty rests in the inside of a person. One's physical beauty can be stripped away but benevolence and altruism will never fade until we no longer inhabit this earth.

    April 6, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Nicholas Naranja

    Moving to an area that is predominantly black and hispanic, I've become far more open minded about beauty. When I was a teenager I wouldn't have considered a dark hispanic or black person attractive, but now I do. I think you adapt,

    April 6, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaye

      That's because the American Standard of beauty is White. So when your around more Whites, you'll tend to think only Whites are beautiful. I'm glad you were able to see the beauty in other groups of women.

      April 7, 2012 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
  92. Neutronstar

    The point of this article is basically worthless. Any woman's perceived beauty is temporary – the mere passage of time sees to that – race becomes a nonissue over time.

    April 6, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Destriction

    Nowadays, it has lot to do with FETISH!

    April 6, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  94. † In God We Trust †

    The most important thing is to believe in God.

    Happy Easter

    April 6, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  95. sall

    @ corntrader19: wow how narrow minded. You don't think Alecia Keys, Mariah Carey, or Halle Berry offer anything to society?

    April 6, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • StupidWhinyLiberal

      Just vapid amusement. And they aren't very attractive, in my opinion. I suppose I'm a racist now.

      April 6, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  96. corntrader19

    Douglas: I have wondered about that, too. I am sick of the race articles! BTW, the stories about multi-racial marriages
    is sickening. Kids that grow up in a multi-racial environment do not do very well. The reason white people marry non-whites is because they have low self-esteem and think a non-white spouse is the best they can do.

    April 6, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • kat

      I have noticed the same low self esteem trend. White guys with Asian women are generally military, nerds, or women beaters.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
      • multi-racial rainbow

        Thats interesting. All the men I know cheating on their wives are white and have white wives. They come to work and run around trying to sleep with any women who will give them time and that includes non-white women.

        You wear a white pointed hood and a sheet, that is quite clear from your comments.

        April 7, 2012 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
      • TexasTexasTexas

        I'm from a white, country-club raised, southern-baptist cult background. My family would disown anyone who came home with a non-white. Not even a tattoo in my family. I moved far away. They are idiots and I can't stand to be around them. It's 2012, and they still talk about Obama like he's the devil. There are some white people that should NOT reproduce. I chose not to have children because of my extended family. They think they're beautiful but I only see the ugly.

        April 7, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • multi-racial rainbow

      The reason why many people may marry someone of a different race or ethnicity is because they don't care what you or anyone else thinks. They love that person and care about them. End of story. BTW, we do just fine and have a great sense of self. We don't feel we have to be a certain way because we are one particular race or ethnicity. Get out of the dark ages.

      April 7, 2012 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  97. sall

    @ douglas, I have noticed CNN seems to really treasure racial stories, not only when they are important and relevant, but also when they are unimportant and irrelevant. They must make money based on the number of people clicking the refresh button.

    April 6, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  98. pop

    Rachel Blais eyes look like reptilian.

    April 6, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Strike Back

    Whenever someone runs from the race issue they expose themselves as racist.

    April 6, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • StupidWhinyLiberal

      What do you mean by "run from the race issue"?

      April 6, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Herpaderp

      God has spoken. It must be true.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Herpaderp

      Most people may be moving toward multiculturalism, but Jews still prefer to marry within their own kind.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
      • firefly21

        That depends on how you define who is jewish!

        April 7, 2012 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
      • SGT RAYRAY

        This is very true, Jews do not mix with any other race. I have always wondered why that is.

        April 7, 2012 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
      • Jaye

        Where did you get that information from? "Jews do not mix with any race"...that isn't true. Many Black women I know are married to Jews. I always thought it was just socially acceptable amongst Jewish men since I've seen it so much. You'll find this A LOT on the East Coast.

        April 7, 2012 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  100. douglas

    can CNN do a story without stirring up race? seems like an agenda down in atlanta.

    April 6, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • StupidWhinyLiberal

      Sorry, douglas. The mass media must constantly stir up the hate. It's the second best way to create division between We The People. Fortunately, more and more folks are getting wise to the idiocy.

      April 6, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
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