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  • Writer's pictureD.P. Stephens

Hispanic Women & Skin Color

An examination of the ways in which values given to skin color influence Hispanic College women's perceptions of their beauty, dating options, and cultural identities.

As men assign greater importance to how a woman looks rather than her personal qualities in early dating contexts, skin color is an important tool in the evaluation of women of color’s attractiveness. While there is a large body of psychological research examining this in Black and Asian populations, understandings of American Hispanic women’s experiences are limited.

I originally gave this talk as part of MOCA of North Miami's Latina Women & The Body series during Hispanic Heritage Month. Drawing upon interdisciplinary research, this presentation explores the values given to skin color, and its relevance to Hispanic college women in Miami's dating experiences and physical attractiveness beliefs. You can also view this video on Youtube.

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