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dc.contributor.authorGoldman, Adria Yvonneen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:36:20Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:36:20Z
dc.date.issued2009-05-05en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-05112009-164057en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/32594
dc.description.abstractThe current study explores the influence nontraditional framing of beauty and ugliness has on college aged females' interpretation of beauty. Focus group sessions were used to assess this influence, during which the women were asked several questions within two open discussions of beauty. The television sitcom Ugly Betty, which features an alternative framing of beauty standards, was shown between each discussion and used to analyze the media's influence. The results show that the discussion and the new framing of beauty and ugliness in the clip influenced the women's interpretations by either creating new understandings or re-enforcing existing beliefs. The women also considered media images of beauty to have a third-person effect with younger audiences being more impacted. Social comparison was used slightly in explaining beauty definitions and standards for women.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectperceptions of beautyen_US
dc.subjectbeauty in mediaen_US
dc.subjectthird-person effecten_US
dc.subjectbeauty framesen_US
dc.subjectsocial comparisonen_US
dc.titleIs it Really Skin Deep? An Analysis of "Ugly Betty's" Influence on Females' Understanding of Beautyen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentCommunication Studiesen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineCommunication Studiesen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairWaymer, Damion M.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHolloway, Rachel L.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberTedesco, John C.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-05112009-164057/en_US
dc.date.sdate2009-05-11en_US
dc.date.rdate2009-05-29
dc.date.adate2009-05-29en_US


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