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Singapore women reasonably secure about their looks: Survey
by Melissa Sim

A forensic artist draws women according to the description of themselves, then does another sketch based on descriptions given by a stranger.

The result: The women seem to underestimate their own beauty, as the faces in the stranger-described sketches turn out more attractive.

This is the video by beauty brand Dove, which has gone viral, hitting more than 48 million views on YouTube since it was uploaded on April 14.

In Singapore, women seem to be reasonably comfortable with their looks, according to Dove's Internet survey of 300 women here.

Results show that 2 per cent of the women used the word beautiful to describe their looks, while another 21 per cent used positive words such as attractive, pretty and good-looking.

The survey did not include negative descriptive words for the women to pick.

Experts who spoke to SundayLife! weigh in on how concern over one's looks is in line with the different social expectations of each gender.

The general consensus is, women here may not consider themselves beautiful, but are still confident individuals. Associate professor of psychology Norman Li from the Singapore Management University School of Social Sciences, says: "It's not too alarming to me that only 2 per cent consider themselves beautiful."

He explains that "beautiful" is at the very top of the beauty spectrum, and that it's "hard to imagine a society of people where a significant number consider themselves beautiful".

Also "it's not like 50 per cent of the people are considering themselves ugly", he says.

And even if a women does not think she looks beautiful, she could "still feel very secure about herself", says Ms Pang Li Kin, president of the Association of Image Consultants International (Singapore Chapter).

In fact, the survey also found that 52 per cent of the 300 women surveyed said they were "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied" with their own beauty.

And a good 49 per cent also said they were "confident" or "somewhat confident" about their looks.

Read full story here or click on to find out what women here say. 

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M Palmer? :cool:
Posted by coolzone on Fri, 17 May 2013 at 22:11 PM

Thats not cheating, thats eating grass from different pastures.:D
Posted by Seekeroftruth on Fri, 17 May 2013 at 21:54 PM
a confident woman is a pretty woman
Posted by MaleAlpha on Fri, 17 May 2013 at 21:50 PM

Yes should change the avatar...the molester face make forumers no appetite.
Posted by hfourhappy on Fri, 17 May 2013 at 18:07 PM
That must explain why many Singaporean men cheat their Singaporean wife with Chinese girls...
Posted by thecomments on Fri, 17 May 2013 at 16:30 PM

You pimping??!!
Posted by mystrawberry on Fri, 17 May 2013 at 15:04 PM

There are many many beautiful sinkaporean women.
Posted by Seekeroftruth on Fri, 17 May 2013 at 12:28 PM

Hello !!! Stop insulting us leh ..... not all are ugly and stupid here, ok... :p
Posted by Emily Elizabeth on Fri, 17 May 2013 at 12:26 PM

158, haha.:D
Posted by Seekeroftruth on Fri, 17 May 2013 at 12:18 PM
I never comment already got wacked.
Posted by Seekeroftruth on Fri, 17 May 2013 at 12:17 PM


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