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    Indians are not bothered about their looks.

    Venezuelans vainest people in world, study finds
    By Grant McCool
    NEW YORK, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who in the world is vainest of all? Venezuelans, it seems.

    Venezuelan men and women top a 30-country list of those who say they constantly think about their appearance, according to a study released on Monday by leading marketing research firm Roper Starch Worldwide.

    The study found that in the South American country where beauty pageants for women are a national obsession and plastic surgery is common for both genders, 65 percent of women and 47 percent of men say they think about what they look like all the time.

    ``I think it has to do with cultural norms and the acceptability of thinking about how you look,'' Roper Starch researcher Diane Crispell said of the survey's results. ``In some cases there was a more literal answer. For example, in Germany virtually nobody says they think about what they look like all of the time.''

    Around the world, there is considerably less mirror-gazing than in Venezuela or in the land of the queen in Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm's 1812 fairy tale ``Little Snow-White.'' She would stand in front of her mirror every morning and ask: ``Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, Who in this land is fairest of all?''

    Globally, only 23 percent of women and 16 percent of men think constantly about their appearance, according to the survey. It was based on personal interviews with 1,000 people age 13 to 65 in each of the 30 countries surveyed. The New York-based firm said the study is projectable to 1.39 billion people and the sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points for each country.

    RUSSIAN WOMEN, MEXICAN MEN ARE SECOND

    After the Venezuelans, the vainest women are Russians, 51 percent of whom said they thought about their appearance all the time, followed by Mexicans at 45 percent, South Africans at 42 percent and Filipinas 35 percent.

    Mexican men are second on 40 percent after Venezuelan men followed by Turkish men (38 percent), Filipinos and Saudi Arabians (28 percent), and Russians, South Africans and Brazilians (26 percent).

    The study revealed that people in the United States -- widely perceived as being glamour-conscious thanks to Hollywood -- lagged in the global vanity parade. Just 27 percent of women and 17 percent of men in the U.S. think about their appearance all the time.

    ``I think it is the perception based on mass media, the kinds of things we export, entertainment, which of course are not reflecting the norm of our society,'' Crispell said.

    At the modesty end of the scale, the researchers found that the countries where people think least about their appearance were India (33 percent never think about how they look), Malaysia (25 percent), Spain (22 percent), Taiwan (20 percent), and Czech Republic and Hong Kong (19 percent).

    ``I think the study shows the extent to which this topic is top of the mind for people around the world,'' Crispell said. ``I don't think it means that the people in the U.S. or Germany don't think about how they look, it's more a matter of whether it fits in with other things they are doing.''

    Researchers found that people say the things most helpful in achieving their best appearance include a good night's sleep, regular dental-care, drinking enough water, minimising stress, exercising regularly and watching what and how much they eat. With the exception of careful choice of clothing, cosmetic care such as a regular skin-care, professional haircuts and wearing make-up fell further down the list.

    #2
    cos they know its a lost cause.

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      kidda??

      [email protected] munda.... oi r u indian buy any chance?????hahaha

      durango....dont u think these researchs r a total waste of time.... n itz money down the drain????i can think of other zillion thingz that could do with bein researched.

      newayz
      byez 4 now
      phool

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