Media & Communication Department

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Anne-Marie Leiser
Skin Deep: Ethnographic Observations in American Popular Culture

This independent study was a year-long analysis of popular American performances. I attended and observed a nationally recognized fashion show held by Ebony Magazine, studied news articles pertaining to the Miss America Pageants, and did in-depth research through various forms of media, interviews, a focus group and literature. The end result was a compilation of my research discussing how young American women perceive beauty in terms of race, age, gender, and nationalities. This independent study taught me time-management and also how to scrutinize and understand body and race issues that are still prevalent in our American popular culture.