Sex Roles

, Volume 47, Issue 1–2, pp 65–81 | Cite as

Denying Diversity: Perceptions of Beauty and Social Comparison Processes Among Latina, Black, and White Women

  • Maya A. Poran


The purpose of this study was to investigate Latina, Black, and White women's conceptions of beauty and perceptions of cultural standards of beauty, as well as whether or not the participants were engaging in similar social comparison processes, specifically, the denial of personal disadvantage. One hundred and fifty-seven college women participated: 48 Latinas, 52 Black women, 51 White women, and 6 “Others.” Results indicate that there are significant differences in Latinas', Black women's, and White women's relationships with their bodies, and their relationships to dominant cultural standards of beauty. In addition, there were differences by race in the tendency to engage in the denial of personal disadvantage response. These findings contribute to the understanding of how racial identity affects, or interacts with, the experience of beauty standards among Latina, Black, and White women.

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  • Maya A. Poran
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  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentMontclair State UniversityUpper Montclair

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