Department of Communication Studies
A content analysis was conducted to examine the portrayal of beauty types and occupational roles of female figures in magazine advertisements. A systematic random sample of 215 advertisements from a popular lifestyle magazine in Hong Kong was analyzed. Results provide evidence of gender role stereotypes. Two thirds of the advertisements adopted classic/feminine beauty type. The other two common beauty types were sex kitten and casual. Over-representation of Caucasian models was found as one-third of the female figures were Caucasian and other minorities. Caucasian models were more likely to be portrayed in trendy beauty type. Over half of the advertisements portrayed females in decorative roles and thirty percent portrayed females as celebrities. Recreational roles and professional roles were featured less frequently. Advertisements for products target females were more gender stereotyped than advertisements for products target males and females. The lack of variety in beauty types and occupational roles among female figures were discussed.
cultivation, Asian stereotypes, print advertisements, content analysis, gender portrayal
Source Publication Title
Journal of Asian Pacific Communication
John Benjamins Publishing
Link to Publisher's Edition
Chan, Kara, and Yolanda Cheng. "Portrayal of females in magazine advertisements in Hong Kong." Journal of Asian Pacific Communication 22.1 (2012): 78-96.