Earlier this week, I read a long E! Online Instagram post about an interview actress Charlize Theron did where she briefly spoke about the perils of being too beautiful. Charlize said, “How many roles are out there for the gorgeous, f***ing, gown-wearing eight-foot model? When meaty roles come through, I’ve been in the room and pretty people get turned away first.”
Oh, give me an effing break. I am so beyond sick of hearing attractive people complain about being *too beautiful* as if we should feel sorry for them. I don’t, I never have, and I never will.
I’m sure that there are some downsides to being very, very conventionally attractive. I’ll say that completely seriously, no sarcasm. I’m sure that it can be incredibly frustrating to find that other people are so focused on your good looks that they can’t see you as a real person. I’m not saying it’s not tough to be thought of as only a “pretty face” and nothing more. Yes, I can see the annoyance behind what Charlize is saying – that sometimes, beautiful people aren’t taken very seriously. But in this case, when it comes to being conventionally attractive, I have to say that the good far outweighs the bad, by a very long shot.
Charlize isn’t the first person to complain about being too pretty. Celebrities like Jessica Biel, Scarlett Johansson, and Megan Fox have also expressed similar complaints. “Regular” people who also happen to be very attractive, like this 20-year-old girl, have *blessed* us with essays about why being beautiful is oh so hard. And honestly, I am so over it.
Do you know how gratingly annoying it is to hear a conventionally beautiful person complain about their looks? As an average-looking person, I can say that it is incredibly annoying. And while I generally hate this argument, think about all of the serious problems happening in the world, and then compare them to Charlize’s problem of being too beautiful. It sounds absurd, because it is. Like I said, there are some legitimate disadvantages to being beautiful, but in the grand scheme of things, conventionally attractive people reap many benefits the rest of us “normals” can not. They have wonderful advantages just because they look nice, and I don’t only mean superficial ones like being able to flirt with the new hottie in class, or having the opportunity to make millions of dollars as a celebrity.
A lot of studies have been done on the advantages of being attractive, and what these studies show is that, as a whole, being pretty pays. Literally, pretty people get paid more money than someone else sometimes. If I hear one more person whine about how they weren’t taken seriously because they are just, omg, so pretty, I might commit a crime. Seriously. I can’t handle it. Think I’m being dramatic? Here are 10 legitimate reasons to stop complaining about being beautiful:
Beautiful People Are SmarterOne study found that symmetrical features are linked to general intelligence. Symmetrical features are part of what makes someone conventionally beautiful, which means that, yeah, even that lame stereotype about how pretty people are dumb isn't true. Aside from the fact that beauty might actually really translate to brains, science has shown that others are more likely to see a beautiful person as smart. So, even if someone is gorgeous and not that smart, other people will think they're smart simply because they're pretty. How crazy is that? Of course this doesn't mean you have to be pretty to be smart, but it's frustrating that just being attractive can make others trust your brain more. Source: iStock
Attractive People Get Better GradesOn top of that, studies have proven that beautiful students get better grades. Teachers are more likely to give attractive students better grades, probably without even realizing it. This makes sense, since studies have shown that others perceive beautiful people as more trustworthy, and again, as more intelligent. Source: iStock
It's Easier To Find A Bae When You're BeautifulIt's obvious, but it's also scientifically true: men are more likely to want to date attractive women. Studies have found that men think attractive women are more youthful, healthy, and fun. In general, attractive people will get more attention just because of their looks - and others are more likely to think of an attractive person in a better light even if they don't know anything about them. So, yeah... it's easier to find a relationship when you're conventionally attractive. Source: iStock
Being Attractive Means People Automatically Like YouNot only does being very attractive mean people want to date you more often, it also means others generally like you more. Studies have found that beautiful people don't get judged as harshly as others. When someone who is very attractive walks into a room, the crowd is much more likely to think of them in a nicer light. Researchers have said that people see good-looking humans as more "talented, kind, honest, and intelligent."
Being Pretty Means You Get What You Want MoreConventionally attractive people get what they want when they want it. Science proves that beautiful people are more persuasive because they know how to use their looks and sex appeal to get ahead in life. Other studies have shown that pretty people are better at communicating, which means they're better at asking for what they want. And of course, beautiful people are generally more confident, meaning they aren't afraid to go after what they want. Researchers have said that, "studies show people go out of their way to help attractive people ... because they want to be liked and accepted by good-looking people." We literally give beautiful people what they want so they will love us. Source: iStock
Being Pretty Makes You HappierNo surprise here: being beautiful makes you happy. It's not hard to understand why, and it's not just a stereotype - science has proven that beautiful people are happier people. A big reason that conventionally attractive people are so stoked on life is because they make more money (and, uh, literally everything else on this list). But it could also be because beautiful people are generally more confident, meaning they don't need extra help in feeling good about themselves. Source: iStock
Being Beautiful Helps You Get HiredIt's a well-known fact that being attractive helps you get hired for the job you want. Think of all the things we've already discussed: beautiful people are seen as smarter, more trustworthy, happier, and more interesting. Why wouldn't companies want to hire someone who is nice to look at and also all of those things?! The sad fact is that being pretty really does make a difference when you're looking for a job. It's unfair, but it's true. Source: iStock
Attractive People Are HealthierStudies have shown that conventionally attractive people are seen as healthier people. Are they actually healthier? The jury is out on that one, but as far as being seen as healthy, pretty people have it in the bag. Source: iStock
Beautiful People Are More RichAnother well-known fact about beautiful people? They're more likely to be more rich than us normals. Science has shown that attractive people are more likely to have more money because not only are they more likely to get hired, they also have an easier time making sales and getting money out of people. Think about the other research: they are more persuasive, they get what they want, everyone thinks they're smart, and they're more likely to become leaders. Source: iStock
Attractive People Are More Likely To Get A LoanWhile getting a loan is probably something that isn't on your mind right now, it will be one day - and you better hope you're conventionally attractive. Research shows that beautiful people are more likely to get approved for a loan. Now, does ANY of this seem like something to complain about? No. No, it doesn't. Source: iStock
What do you think about people who complain about being beautiful? What did we forget to include? Let me know in the comments.