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December 27, 2003

A mixed bag in fashion....

Mixed race is hot says an article in The New York Times. They assert that the "P & G" look (blonde & blue-eyed) is in decline. Numbers? I'm all willing to believe this, but how hard can it be to do a survey of the top selling fashion/women's magazines and check out the the phenotypic trends? This highlights a disturbing pattern: high school essay style at The New York Times.

1) Make up a thesis, any thesis
2) Get as much anecdotal data as possible
3) Ignore data sets that can't be massaged by interview (eg; the racial make-up of the models on the covers of magazines like Vogue or Cosmopolitan over the past 12 months)
4) Watch your article become one of the most popular online

Well, it was in Fashion & Style, where style == substance....

Posted by razib at 04:21 PM