Nov 072012

The Struggle is Real

Do you make less money than other people who do the same work as you? If so, then you may be a victim of beauty discrimination, which is a serious matter, and affects millions of ugly people around the world. According to an article from, “Handsome men earn, on average, 5 percent more than their less-attractive counterparts, while attractive women make 4 percent more. Over the course of a good-looking man’s career, he will earn roughly $250,000 more than a comparable, yet unattractive, employee.”

Egad! I know for a fact that I’m making below average wage in my field of work (media design) but I think that has everything to do with my limited work experience and not my level of attractiveness, at least I hope.

The article further explains “the less good-looking you are in America, the more likely you are to be poor, receive worse performance reviews at work, and get a longer prison sentences if you land in jail. And you’ll be going through it alone – unattractive people are also statistically less likely to be married.”

Ouch, that’s pretty darn depressing. 🙁 Managers also put a heavy emphasis on looks. When asked to rank factors that come into play when evaluating a candidate, appearance was a higher priority than where an applicant went to college.


“This is the new reality of the job market,” explained one New York recruiter. “It’s better to be average and good-looking than brilliant and unattractive.”

Oh dear. Are we really that shallow? So much for inner beauty. *Sigh* I used to think spending money on plastic surgery, botox, or other cosmetic procedures were just for losers who had low self esteem. But now I realize I had it all wrong before. From a financial point of view making yourself look more attractive is apparently one of the best investments you can make in your lifetime. If you’ve had cosmetic surgery before, what was your reason to do it?

Personally I think I’m a solid *above average* looking chap.  However, if I went in for some cosmetic dentistry and eyelid surgery, and maybe even a nose job, then I can potentially make a quarter million dollars more throughout my career. And I do have the required capital (~$30,000 at most) to pay for it all today, which is well worth the investment if the study is correct.