Women are contradictory: survey

LOS ANGELES - Smart or thin? Rich or ugly?

LOS ANGELES - Smart or thin? Rich or ugly?

Women have a contradictory relationship with their own image, according to a poll released on Tuesday that found 25 percent of those questioned would rather win the America's Next Top Model TV show than the Nobel Peace Prize.

Although 75 percent of women surveyed said they'd be willing to shave their heads to save a stranger's life, a quarter admitted they would make their best friend fat for life, if it meant they could be thin.

The poll for US TV network Oxygen also found that 88 percent of 18- to 34-year-old women would happily give up their cellphone, jewellery and make-up to keep a friendship.

"This survey proves an interesting dissection of today's woman and how she relates her image with her values," said Dr Jenn Berman, psychotherapist for the upcoming Oxygen series Pretty Wicked.

"Women today are a complex combination of altruistic and materialistic, vain and insecure, loyal and self-serving. This survey highlights the dichotomy in all of us," Berman said.

More than 2000 women aged 18-34 were interviewed for the poll.

- Reuters