WAGs are the UK's new female role models, survey finds
Updated: 2006-07-19 15:20
She spends more than $2900 a month on looking good and going out, believes
she has a better sex life but less romance than her mother did at the same age
and admires Victoria Beckham more than any other woman.
Welcome to the
world of the average 20-something British female.
Rejecting the "have it
all" mantra of previous generations, most young women between 21 and 25 appear
to aspire to being a WAG (footballer's wife or girlfriend) rather than a
powerbroking executive, according to a survey.
More than half still live
with their parents, only a quarter believe a career is important and a third
admit that they behave more like a child than an independent woman.
survey by More magazine of 2000 women in their early 20s found that they were
more concerned with femininity rather than feminism.
While earning an
average of just over ?8,000 a year, respondents spent ?156 a month on clothes,
beauty products and entertainment.
The average young British woman's
wardrobe contains 151 items, including 25 pairs of shoes, eight handbags and
four hats - but only 6 per cent wear everything they own.
Almost half -
46 per cent - have credit card debts and owe an average of ?380.
the 10 most admired women came Beckham, followed by Kylie Minogue, Jennifer
Aniston and the glamour model Jordan.
More editor Donna Armstrong said:
"This generation of young women are having the time of their lives and 23 is the
"Most [six out of 10] want to be a Wag - shopping and
partying with their mates and having a gorgeous, preferably rich, bloke on their
"Victoria Beckham is the ultimate icon for today's young women; they
admire her style and want her wardrobe.
"She's the woman who makes them
think, 'if you want it, get it'."
But young women are also a mass of
contradictions; 92 per cent say that celebrities are too thin but the super-slim
Beckham was voted as having the second best female body.
Two thirds say
they care about the environment, yet only 4 per cent would be willing to pay
more tax to protect it.
Nine out of 10 say that the desire for cosmetic
surgery is "spiralling out of control" but 40 per cent would go under the knife
to have bigger breasts.
The only woman to make it on to the most admired
list who is not an actress, model or singer is Tory MP Anne Widdecombe - yet 89
per cent of respondents said they had no interest in politics.
three-quarters of young women insist they are "having a ball", they admit they
will soon be ready to settle down. The average respondent wants to get married
at 26 and have a baby at 27.
FEMININITY RATHER THAN FEMINISM
Four out of 10 admit that they rely on their parents to bail them out when they
* The average young British woman goes out four nights a week
and six out of 10 women are drunk at least once every seven days.
out of 10 say their social life is better than their mother's at the same age
and more than half believe they have a better sex life, but 55 per cent admit
that they experience less romance than their parents. Posh Spice the icon for
girls who just want to have fun.