Editor’s Note: One of our most popular themes on The Hall has always been about the curse of beauty and the bonuses and penalties that come along with it. Many of us have a hard time seeing how being born beautiful can have any negative aspects but many of us agree that it does. To help illustrate the good and the bad of being born beautiful, our own Nadia Arain breaks it down in the following list:
Being an attractive woman (PROS):
- Everyone looks at you! Everyone. Your self-esteem is usually through the roof because you KNOW you’re the center of attention. People marvel at your aesthetics!
- You get free stuff. Free meals, drinks, rides, AND you get served faster. Since when have you heard that gorgeous people pay for things?
- Compliments, and lots of them. Having a bad day? Whatever, someone’s bound to compliment you and make you feel better. Remember, you’re pretty, right? Things aren’t so bad.
- Tons of friends! People want to associate with you more because of your looks. Really, like that’s such a horrible thing anyway.
- You’re a goddess. People hold an idealistic view of you and put you on a pedestal. Better get the heels ready to balance!
- You’re never short of a date. Who doesn’t like an entire army of options at their disposal? It’s not bad that they all want to pay for your food either. Just bat those lashes and it’s in the bag.
- You get paid to be pretty. It’s easy to be a model or actress when you’re hot. AND you get paid for it.
- Did I mention compliments? Because you get those often and they make you feel even prettier, like that’s even possible.
- People are constantly making you feel special. Special, special and because you’re so damn beautiful. Special.
Being an attractive woman (CONS):
- EVERYONE LOOKS AT YOU. Sometimes you don’t want the village sewer rat staring you down like you’re about to be pounced on.
- Free stuff comes with a price. Normally it’s called “I pay for your meal in exchange for sex”. Say no to prostitution, ladies.
- An overinflated ego. Compliments make sure that your head doesn’t fit through the door on a Monday morning (or whatever morning, really)
- No real friends. Yeah, they might compliment you, but that gets boring. They just want to be around you because you’re pretty. Even worse is when you get those clingy people who want to be your friends. Ew.
- Being high on pedestal is dangerous. You’re human at the end of the day, and you really don’t want that awkward village sewer rat obsessing over you. Having people think of you as some type of divinity is way creepier than you think.
- Your dates are shallow. People hardly love you, they just love what you look like. You’re a human shell to them. Why make someone your priority when you’re just going to be an option? And even if dates line up, finding someone of quality is a fucking headache. Let the interviews commence.
- Beauty isn’t forever. You have a “sell by” date in modeling and are bound to be replaced with the newer younger hottest person by the time you turn 30. And don’t even try to fix yourself with plastic surgery that shit just won’t work.
- Assuming the worst. You start stressing if you DON’T get complimented. Is a hair out of place? Is your mascara smudged? You suddenly worry that you might not be so pretty.
- You get bored. You get tired of people calling you beautiful 10 times a day. Oh shit, who am I kidding?
- Your partner is bound to be insecure. Just because you say you’re in a relationship doesn’t mean people won’t try to make a move on you.
- You have a sense of entitlement. You FEEL people SHOULD treat you better because you’re hot. This is something EVERY good looking person secretly battles. It’s a disgusting, awful thought and it takes a lot for me to admit it. I know my face isn’t mine—it’s a blessing from God and my parents that can be ruined in an instant, which has happened to attractive women all over the world. Some women get beaten beyond recognition and others have had acid thrown on them. True beauty always comes from within.