The suit can make you feel cute and cute can make a person look modest, according to a study released Thursday.
A study by University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Mary A. Cavanagh and her colleagues found that when women are seen as more “attractive” than men, they also feel more modest and confident.
“We found that women who were perceived as more attractive had a higher level of self-esteem,” Cavanah said.
“This effect was stronger for women who appeared to be more modest.”
The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, was conducted with students at two public universities in the United States.
The researchers were interested in how the perception of “attractiveness” affects women’s self-confidence, self-worth and self-acceptance, the researchers wrote.
The study was based on a study conducted by the University of Iowa in 2014, which found that students who are more attractive are more likely to have high self-evaluations.
A 2015 study conducted at Indiana University in Bloomington found that men who are seen more attractive by other people have lower self-efficacy and more negative self-perceptions about their performance.
The new study, however, was done on a smaller scale, and therefore it does not provide conclusive evidence on the role of self esteem in women’s perceived attractiveness.
Cavanagh said she and her research team were particularly interested in the role that social context plays in how self-image is perceived.
“In terms of the social context, how does your self-concept affect how you feel about yourself?” she said.
“What kind of self does the other person think of you as?
Or does your perceived self be more valuable to you than you think?”
She said she hoped her study would encourage women to think about their self- image in relation to the appearance of other people.
“It’s one thing to think that people might see you as more of a desirable or attractive person,” Cavaig said.
“[But] you don’t have to be super-attractive to feel that way.”
The researchers noted that this study was done in a small number of students, and that they have not been able to observe the impact of this social context on self-assessments.
“I think that this is a good first step to understanding how to develop a more accurate self-view,” Caveagh said.
The authors noted that the study had several limitations.
They did not have a way to measure the influence of the image on self esteem, so the researchers did not know how people would measure their self esteem if they were not influenced by their appearance.
The study was conducted in English, and there was no way to determine if students were aware of the study or not.
“Our findings suggest that, for many women, social cues may have a negative impact on self confidence and self esteem,” the researchers concluded.