How Do Women Really Feel About How They Look?
What's a sane woman to do? Keep reading for a rich mix of viewpoints, including a surprising glimpse into what O readers, young and older, really think about the way they look.
Do You Like Your Appearance?
Do You Look Good for Your Age?
"Isn't it great that we seem only a little less satisfied as we get older? I wish more than two-thirds of both groups felt that way!"—Valerie Monroe, Beauty Director
(The most-selected from a list of nine descriptors)
"I see in magazines how my hair should look, and girls on TV who are 20 pounds lighter. If I had someone to do my hair and a trainer, I could be like that. But it's hard to both think that way and be happy with how you look."—Kateyln Labarre, 18, Southborough, Massachusetts
Are You Concerned About Aging?
"Guaranteed: In five years, these teens will wonder what they were concerned about!"—Valerie Monroe
"More teens have considered plastic surgery? One possible explanation: As you age, the trauma of elective surgery is less enticing."—Valerie Monroe
Have You Ever Had Plastic Surgery?
"Happily, it seems that some acceptance comes with age. Sadly, not very much."—Valerie Monroe
Are You Happy With Your Body?
"How can you believe you have a healthy body image...and not be happy with your body?"—Valerie Monroe
To Stay Healthy
To Lose Weight
To Change the Shape of My Body
"I'm exercising more than I ever have before. I do a mile walk three days a week, and Zumba. I want to be healthy, to live a long life—and I want to enjoy ice cream with my grandchildren without feeling like I need to count calories." —Robin Munoz, 60, Bay Village, Ohio
Approachable: 60s: 57.4% / Teens: 49.4%
Kind: 60s: 55.2% / Teens: 65.1%
Confident: 60s: 55.2% / Teens: 33.7%
Smart: 60s: 42.6% / Teens: 53%
Interesting: 60s: 32.3% / Teens: 33.7%
Pretty: 60s: 30.5% / Teens: 63.9%
Average: 60s: 25.6% / Teens: 49.4%
Sexy: 60s: 13.9% / Teens: 19.3%
Beautiful: 60s: 12.1% / Teens: 33.7%
Plain: 60s: 8.5% / Teens: 16.9%
Old: 60s: 6.3% / Teens: 2.4%
Exotic: 60s: 5.4% / Teens: 9.6%
Unattractive: 60s: 1.3% / Teens: 8.4%
Ugly: 60s: 0.9% / Teens: 2.4%
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