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The Beauty Advantage (Better to be average but good looking than brillant but unattractive?)
Newsweek ^ | 07/19/2010 | Jessica Bennett

Posted on 07/19/2010 9:21:31 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

In today’s economy, looking good is no longer something we can dismiss as frivolous or vain. How beauty can affect your job, your career, your life.

Most of us have heard the story of Debrahlee Lorenzana, the 33-year-old Queens, N.Y., woman who sued Citibank last month, claiming that, in pencil skirts, turtlenecks, and peep-toe stilettos, she was fired from her desk job for being “too hot.” We’ve also watched Lorenzana’s credibility come into question, as vintage clips of her appearance on a reality-TV show about plastic surgery portray a rambling, attention-obsessed twit, stuffed to the brim with implants and collagen. (“I love plastic surgery,” she coos. “I think it’s the best thing that ever happened.”) Creepy, yes. But for all the talk about this woman’s motives—and whether or not she was indeed fired for her looks—there’s one question nobody seems to want to ask: isn’t it possible Lorenzana’s looks got her the job in the first place?

Not all employers are that shallow—but it’s no secret we are a culture consumed by image. Economists have long recognized what’s been dubbed the “beauty premium”—the idea that pretty people, whatever their aspirations, tend to do better in, well, almost everything. Handsome men earn, on average, 5 percent more than their less-attractive counterparts (good-looking women earn 4 percent more); pretty people get more attention from teachers, bosses, and mentors; even babies stare longer at good-looking faces (and we stare longer at good-looking babies). A couple of decades ago, when the economy was thriving—and it was a makeup-less Kate Moss, not a plastic-surgery-plumped Paris Hilton, who was considered the beauty ideal—we might have brushed off those statistics as superficial.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: average; beauty; brillance; feminism; newsweak; obamaeconomy; unattractive; undeniabletruths
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1 posted on 07/19/2010 9:21:42 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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2 posted on 07/19/2010 9:22:22 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Are they saying Obamie is an airhead? /s


3 posted on 07/19/2010 9:24:16 AM PDT by Ancient Drive (DRINK COFFEE! - Do Stupid Things Faster with More Energy!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Aside from the adult industry, I imagine there are jobs where employers would prefer to choose something for their looks to attract people that say, such as for car sales.


4 posted on 07/19/2010 9:25:09 AM PDT by wastedyears (The Founders revolted for less.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Some can pull it off. From the MENSA website:


5 posted on 07/19/2010 9:27:11 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (FreepMail me if you want on the Bourbon ping list!)
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To: wastedyears

There are lots of job where it makes sense for the employers to be “lookist.” Those women who squirt you with perfume in department stores, etc. Any business that is selling image, such as clothing retail, shoes, cosmetics and things like that have a right to project the king of image they are selling.


6 posted on 07/19/2010 9:29:17 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: SeekAndFind

If my observations are worth anything, relatively few scientists were hired for their looks.


7 posted on 07/19/2010 9:31:27 AM PDT by freespirited (There are a lot of bad Republicans but there are no good Democrats.--Ann Coulter)
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To: SeekAndFind

uh, yeah, like they needed a study (Taxpayer funder, surely) to figure this out?


8 posted on 07/19/2010 9:34:17 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: freespirited
If my observations are worth anything, relatively few scientists were hired for their looks.

True, but if you want to be the one scientist who gets name recognition and gets interviewed it certainly helps. Try watching The Universe on the Science Channel. They seem to favor hot women with multiple PHDs over the frumpy professors with similar credentials.
9 posted on 07/19/2010 9:37:31 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: SeekAndFind

From the same people who made the astounding discovery that men are different from women.


10 posted on 07/19/2010 9:44:06 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham ("O nation miserable . . . when shalt thou see thy wholesome days again . . . .?")
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To: SeekAndFind

Lets be honest here folks, how many jobs really require vast amounts of intellect versus just requiring repetitive and predictable behavior? Given that, an average intelligence person who easy on the eyes with a nice disposition will win hands down. Who wants an ugly bored MENSA witch around all day?


11 posted on 07/19/2010 9:44:47 AM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

12 posted on 07/19/2010 9:49:05 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: equalitybeforethelaw
Not all MENSA members are unattractive:


IQ 156.
13 posted on 07/19/2010 9:50:31 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: SeekAndFind

While watching a football game, who would you rather serve you wings and pour your beer....Rosie O’Donnell or Jessica Alba???


14 posted on 07/19/2010 9:50:49 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: TheThirdRuffian

“Not all MENSA members are unattractive: IQ 156.”

Was there a picture with this post or am I to assume you are smoking hot?


15 posted on 07/19/2010 9:52:30 AM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: SeekAndFind
This phenomenon has always been true. It is deemed the halo effect in psychology.
16 posted on 07/19/2010 9:53:02 AM PDT by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Newsweek remains a laughingstock.

I am not so attractive, but brilliant, and I remain well-employed no matter how bad the economy.

17 posted on 07/19/2010 9:53:45 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union. Then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: SeekAndFind

We ugly people have known this all our lives.


18 posted on 07/19/2010 9:55:24 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: SeekAndFind

I once owned a company and needed to hire an in-house attorney, who would report directly to me.

One of the applicants was an outrageously gorgeous woman. My heart skipped a beat the minute I saw her.

I knew right away I wouldn’t hire her, because I didn’t want to deal with the distraction of being attracted to her, especially given that I was engaged at the time.


19 posted on 07/19/2010 9:56:37 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: TheThirdRuffian
She has a tattoo on her forearm and is dressed like a tart. Which goes to show you can be a genius and still not be that bright.
20 posted on 07/19/2010 9:57:28 AM PDT by Durus (The People have abdicated our duties and anxiously hopes for just two things, "Bread and Circuses")
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Some people have it all — Attractiveness and IQ.

1. Natalie Portman – Natalie Portman graduated high school with a 4.0 and headed off to Harvard where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology. She attended Hebrew University on a graduate level and is fluent in Hebrew, French and Japanese.

2. Kate Beckinsale – Studied French, Russian and literature at Oxford University. She also won the W.H. Smith Young Writers’ competition twice with short stories and poems. Speaks German,Russian and French fluently.

3. Quentin Tarantino – Though he made a dumb move by dropping out of high school, Quentin Tarantino is a member of MENSA with an IQ of 160.

4. Jodie Foster – Graduated as valedictorian from the French-speaking Lycee Francais de Los Angeles. After which she attended Yale and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in literature. Jodie speaks French fluently.

5. Sharon Stone – Well-publicized member of MENSA, Sharon enrolled in Edinboro Univeristy in Pennsylvania at the age of 15. She has an I.Q. of 154.

6. Matt Damon - A consistent straight-A student through grade school and high school, Matt studied English at Harvard University.

7. Alicia Keys – Graduated high school at the age of 16 and also served as Valedictorian. Gave up a scholarship to Columbia University to pursue a career in music.

8. Steve Martin – He may be a wild and crazy guy, but Steve Martin is no fool. He majored in Philosophy at Cal. State and even considered becoming a professor at one time. He’s a member of MENSA and his IQ is estimated to be about 152.

9. Shakira – With an IQ of 140, Shakira is more than just a pretty face

10. Claire Danes – Attended the upscale Dalton School in New York City and also the Lycee Francais des Los Angeles. Finally she studied psychology at Yale before giving up education in favor of an acting career.

11.Geena Davis – Went to Sweden on a student exchange program and is now fluent in Swedish. Studied Drama at Boston University, plays piano, flute, drums and organ and is a member of MENSA with an IQ of 140.

12. Nicole Kidman – Though Nicole dropped out of college, she has an IQ of 132.

13. James Woods – James Woods scored 1580 in his SATs, including a perfect 800 on the verbal. He majored in Political Science at M.I.I. and is a member of MENSA with an IQ of 180.

14. Dolph Lundgren - this Swedish actor and director has an IQ of 160 putting him up there with some of the smartest people in the world. In addition to being a graduate of Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology, Dolph also has is Master’s in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to M.I.T. – he only lasted at M.I.T. for two weeks however, as he left to pursue a career in show biz.


21 posted on 07/19/2010 10:02:01 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: TheThirdRuffian

156? You got to be kidding, those are surely no more than 36D’s...oh..wait..you said IQ. Nevermind.


22 posted on 07/19/2010 10:02:02 AM PDT by pappyone (New to Freep, still working a tag line.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“6. Matt Damon - A consistent straight-A student through grade school and high school, Matt studied English at Harvard University.”

..... this brings your whole list into serious doubt............


23 posted on 07/19/2010 10:06:51 AM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: ozzymandus

RE: We ugly people have known this all our lives.

“The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is why he made so many of them.” (Abraham Lincoln)


24 posted on 07/19/2010 10:06:53 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

I’m not smoking hot, but I look like a big fit football player, which women seem to like.

And I am a MENSA member.


25 posted on 07/19/2010 10:10:24 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: Durus

“She has a tattoo on her forearm and is dressed like a tart.”

Well, she is a famous singer. Pop-tart is part of the gig.

The tatoo is in Hebrew (I think), from where she got married to someone in Israel. I’d love a Jewish Freeper to translate it.


26 posted on 07/19/2010 10:12:20 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

“I’m not smoking hot, but I look like a big fit football player, which women seem to like.

And I am a MENSA member.”

Being a guy, I am real happy the girls find you attractive. Hopefully you find them attractive as well.


27 posted on 07/19/2010 10:17:17 AM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: SeekAndFind

Proverbs 31:30
“Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.”

The way a man should pick a woman to marry is by first judging the content of her character and then her looks and communication skills.


28 posted on 07/19/2010 10:18:10 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

Famous singer huh. Who is she?


29 posted on 07/19/2010 10:21:46 AM PDT by Durus (The People have abdicated our duties and anxiously hopes for just two things, "Bread and Circuses")
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To: Durus

Who is to say she didn’t use her looks to get a better score on the test? If the proctor was some pimply-faced nerd graduate student, um...y’know?


30 posted on 07/19/2010 10:22:36 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (I saw Ellen Page bend a Paris street into a cube and it looked as real as the moon landing.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

And you’re modest, too!


31 posted on 07/19/2010 10:29:40 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Durus

“Who is she?”

Dorota Rabczewska a/k/a Doda Elektroda

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorota_Rabczewska

http://www.gizmodiva.com/other_stuff/doda_elektroda_is_the_worlds_most_beautiful_genius.php


32 posted on 07/19/2010 10:33:14 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Rowlf!

33 posted on 07/19/2010 10:34:09 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Always refer to the Libs' new group as"ONE NATION, UNDER G-D!" That'll drive 'em nuts!)
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To: Lazamataz

Well I’m devastatingly handsome, positively brilliant....and humble. Yet, I’m unemployed. Go figure.


34 posted on 07/19/2010 10:45:16 AM PDT by RightOnline
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To: SeekAndFind

Rush Limbaugh Undeniable Truths of Life #24 - Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women access to the mainstream of society.


35 posted on 07/19/2010 10:46:48 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Natalie Portman, Kate Beckinsale, Quentin Tarantino, Jodie Foster, Sharon Stone, Matt Damon, Alicia Keys, Steve Martin, Shakira, Claire Danes, Geena Davis, Nicole Kidman, James Woods, Dolph Lundgren

And unless there's a conservative in there somewhere, every one of these blood-drenched psychopathic geniuses thinks that a pile of over 100 million dead, stinking murdered bodies in the last century alone shouldn't be held against that wonderful theory of socialism.

In the name of peace and social justice, of course.

36 posted on 07/19/2010 10:47:14 AM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian
This thread needs balance ;)


37 posted on 07/19/2010 10:50:21 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Never trust anyone who points their rear end at God while praying.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian
"And I am a MENSA member."

As a MENSA member, then you also know that you never begin a sentence with "and".

Sorry; just couldn't resist.

38 posted on 07/19/2010 10:51:31 AM PDT by RightOnline
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To: Talisker

James Woods happens to be quite conservative, thankewverymuch.


39 posted on 07/19/2010 10:53:55 AM PDT by RightOnline
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To: TheThirdRuffian
The tatoo is in Hebrew (I think), from where she got married to someone in Israel. I’d love a Jewish Freeper to translate it.

Tattoo? She has a tattoo?

40 posted on 07/19/2010 2:29:50 PM PDT by SandwicheGuy (*The butter acts as a lubricant and speeds up the CPU*)
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To: RightOnline

As a MENSA member, then you also know that you never begin a sentence with “and”. Sorry; just couldn’t resist”

You should have resisted.

Nothing is grammmatically incorrect about starting a sentence with a conjunction like “and” or “but.” It’s a hyper-correction instilled in many by lazy elementary teachers.

http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/nonerrors.html


41 posted on 07/19/2010 2:53:01 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

Sorry. Not budging on this one. For the record, my measured IQ more than qualifies me for MENSA, but I find that it absurd to join a club that shouts “look how smart I am!”.

Anyway, this all a yawner.


42 posted on 07/19/2010 3:03:09 PM PDT by RightOnline
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To: RightOnline

Pathetic.


43 posted on 07/19/2010 3:05:20 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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Tattoo? She has a tattoo?

Two of them but I promised not to tell where the other one is.

44 posted on 07/19/2010 3:07:36 PM PDT by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP!)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

When following more than one sentence, to which does it serve as a conjunction?

Starting sentences with ‘And’ is logically ambiguous. But it’s creative advantage is useful. And, it might be a problem to use the style in a legal contract for example. Or not.


45 posted on 07/19/2010 3:11:35 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

“The tatoo is in Hebrew (I think), from where she got married to someone in Israel. I’d love a Jewish Freeper to translate it.”

Do you have a close up photo? I will do my best to study it carefully.


46 posted on 07/19/2010 3:20:10 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: RightOnline

And the horse you rode in on. ;-)


47 posted on 07/19/2010 3:23:54 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: TheThirdRuffian

Whipped dog yelps the loudest, son. Have a nice day.


48 posted on 07/19/2010 3:27:29 PM PDT by RightOnline
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To: RightOnline

How about “never use the word but, always use, however or nonetheless or regardless.”

I dont think many people know this one because I constantly hear “smart” people using the word.


49 posted on 07/19/2010 3:32:42 PM PDT by winodog
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To: TheThirdRuffian
Doda Elektroda, THE WORLD' MOST BEAUTIFUL GENIUS (From the countty that gave us that other female genius -- Marie Curie )

50 posted on 07/19/2010 4:38:52 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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