Utah Women Stats Research Snapshot
Utah Women & Leadership Project
National media and scholars have puzzled over the high levels of plastic surgery among Utah women, and a national magazine even called Salt Lake City the “Vainest City in America.” Many wonder why Salt Lake City, capital of one of the most religious states in the nation, would employ more plastic surgeons per capita than Los Angeles. In fact, two-thirds of Utah Mormon women know someone who has undergone cosmetic plastic surgery. In a state known for its conservative and wholesome values, visitors are surprised at the large quantity of billboards lining Utah’s interstate freeway advertising plastic surgery and other body manipulating procedures. Pinning down causes for this phenomenon is difficult, but this report will attempt to shed light on the cultural and personal factors contributing to the high numbers of elective plastic surgeries (specifically for aesthetic purposes) in Utah.
Madsen, S. R., Dillion, J., & Scribner, R. (2017, April 10). Cosmetic surgery and body image among Utah women. Utah Women Stats: Research Snapshot. https://www.usu.edu/uwlp/files/snapshot/20.pdf