The Review of Black Political Economy

, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 139–147 | Cite as

What are You Mixed with: the Effect of Multiracial Identification on Perceived Attractiveness

  • Robert L. ReeceEmail author


Studies consistently show that attractiveness is racialized, and in a racial hierarchy that privileges whites at the expense of blacks, white phenotypic characteristics are deemed more attractive than black phenotypic characteristics. This study seeks to examine whether the racialized nature of attractiveness is based on more than just appearance. To that end, I use Add Health data to analyze whether black people who identify as mixed race rather than as a single race are perceived as more attractive even when controlling for phenotype, particularly skin tone, eye color, and hair color.


Race/ethnicity Colorism Attractiveness Mixed raciality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

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