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Women still feel pressure to look good, claims survey

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A health advisor has suggested that women should not place as much pressure on themselves to look like celebrities.

Dr Dawn Harper from Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies said that aspiring to look like a celebrity "is not practical", not least because most women do not have access to the personal trainers, makeup artists, hairdressers, stylists, photographers and airbrushes that celebrity women use.

However, Dr Harper added that "there's nothing wrong with [women] wanting to look and feel our best".

Recent research from TENA Lady found that women feel pressurised to make a good first impression with their appearance.

The study revealed that despite popular culture praising the 'inner beauty' of women, 53 per cent still feel like they are being judged on their physical appearance when they meet somebody new.

Dr Harper noted that both sexes may be an influence in this pressure as women tend to worry what their girlfriends and prospective male partners might think of their physical appearance.

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Cosmetic surgery news : 6 March 2010