Black women and South Asian women are both minorities, but their lived experiences may lead to them having different perceptions of beauty. Ideas of beauty are constructed based on many factors, such as family, social media, and peer influence. However, few studies have compared these two racial groups in relation to the standards in the United States. This study explores how Black and South Asian women navigate college while developing gendered and racialized beauty ideals. This research suggests that South Asian women’s model minority status may indirectly have a negative influence on their perceptions of themselves. It also suggests that South Asian were also less inclined to seek out friend groups with people of color.

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Thesis - Limited Access

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Hamilton College


Bachelor of Arts

Date of Graduation


Faculty Advisor

Jaime Kucinskas

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