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Sunday, July 25, 2010

(Less attractive people make US$230,000 lesser over their lifetime. About 10,000 people a month Google "Am I ugly?")
UPDATED (2 Jan 17):
AK is very consistent and he is consistently kaypoh. So, what triggered this update to a blog penned in 2010? I saw this advertisement:

Read my blog and do this? I will slap you! 
Know someone who wants to do this? Slap!

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I am reading Newsweek (26 July issue) and they have an article titled "The Beauty Advantage". The topic on looks is, of course, quite common and it is something I have heard talked about before but it is still an eye opener to be reading it in print, not in Her World or Cleo, but in Newsweek.  

In case you are wondering, yes, I have flipped through Her World and Cleo before.  I am sure I am not the only guy who has done it before... ahem.


Here are some numbers:

61% of hiring managers surveyed by Newsweek said it's advantageous for a woman to show off her figure in the workplace.

57% of corporate managers said landing a job is harder for an unattractive candidate.

About 60% of overweight women and 40% of overweight men said they've experienced employment discrimination.

59% of hiring managers said they'd advise job candidates to spend as much money on looks as on their resume.

I remember reading somewhere when I was in my late teens that models could make upwards of $10,000 a month! 

I remember Henry Tee, who was a young model and aspiring TV actor then, being reported as making $5,000 a month!  That's a lot of money twenty years ago (and is still a lot of money now).  

Then, I wondered why I wasn't born with good looks. If I was born with good looks, I could make lots of money just by smiling for cameras. Sigh. So, what's new. Life is unfair, isn't it?

If you look at the numbers above, overweight women have it really bad.  So, it's not just weightism working here, it's also sexism!  

An overweight man is perceived to be less unattractive (and probably more productive) compared to an overweight woman? Sheesh. 

I have the good fortune of knowing some pretty large ladies who are very efficient workers.  I have also seen some really pretty ladies who spent a lot of time looking good and, er, just looked good.

Anyway, like they say, this is an imperfect world. 

I should count my blessings. I mean, I could be an overweight woman and be really discriminated against, right?

Read Newsweek article online: 
The beauty advantage.


ScOpIoN said...

Reminds me of the parody of the Aussie drama, The Slap. Haha...

AK71 said...

Hi Scopion,

Dunno about The Slap but I might get into trouble if I were to really slap people. ;p

So, I will settle for shouting "DENIED"! I rather like Suze Orman and the way she says "DENIED" on her show. LOL.

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