OVER one in seven Irish women believe they would get a better job if only they had the perfect body shape, a new survey finds.
And a whopping 87pc of them believe they would be more confident if they were either slimmer, curvier or taller.
Women in general feel they would be happier and healthier with their ideal body, according to the Millward Brown survey of 1,000 women aged between 18 and 54, commissioned by the Herald and featured today.
And surprisingly, 14pc said that a better body would help them further their career - with a large chunk thinking that people would treat them differently.
The Herald Body Image Survey found that women here are a hard-to-please lot with most of finding flaws in their tummy and thighs.
But Irish females are naturally blessed with glossy hair and unblemished skin, with most listing hair, face, skin and shoulders as their favourite features.
The survey, which will feature over the coming days in the Herald, found that women often compare themselves to celebrities and find fault in their own natural shape.
But mostly, women want to look better for themselves, with over 80pc placing their own satisfaction as the primary motive to looking good.
The research finds that X Factor's Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is the celebrity with the most ideal body shape.
The Herald survey puts her just ahead of Holly Willoughby (pictured left).
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