Olivia from BeautyHeaven was inspired to write this opinion piece after hearing a story on her local radio station this week.
‘I have this problem all the time guys, honestly – it sucks. Jokes! Come on, even I’m not that vain – but the truth is, there is an issue with looks in almost all workplaces. And one that’s come to light in particular recently is child-minding.
‘I was listening to Fitzy & Wippa on Nova 96.9 this week, and I was instantly hooked on a story they were discussing. It was about employing nannies and babysitters, and how many women refuse to hire girls who are “too pretty” to work in their homes for fear that their husbands will flirt – or even stray. This means that sometimes, no matter how qualified they might be, seemingly attractive candidates miss out on the gig.
‘Can you blame these women? Some may argue it’s the Jude Law not to hire an attractive nanny. Well, look what happened to his relationship with Sienna Miller?
‘Yep, it was definitely interesting to hear from the nanny-seeking wives in this situation – and even more so to hear from the other side; the potential employees. A “pretty” nanny rang the radio station and disclosed that a potential employer had told her in her third interview that even though she was the most qualified candidate out of the four remaining, she wasn’t going to be offered the job because the woman’s husband had admitted to finding the candidate attractive. Bye bye, job!
‘We have to ask, is this fair? Shouldn’t there be a degree of trust in a marriage, no matter how pretty an employee may be?
‘We look to British Daily Mail columnist Samantha Brick, who in April sparked a backlash across the world by insisting that “other women hate [her] for being beautiful” and that “insecure female bosses have also barred [her] from promotions at work” for this reason. She believes her good looks make her an instant threat in the workplace and in life – claiming her beauty as the reason that none of her girlfriends have asked her to be a bridesmaid at their weddings.
‘Hmm, we’re not so sure if this is the case for Samantha, but when we asked around the office we heard stories of other women working in different industries, including lawyers, bankers and medical staff, who had experienced similar issues. Some women were even deliberately trying to make themselves less attractive so they would be taken more seriously by those they worked with – even if this meant ditching the make-up and clothes they usually wore.
‘Does this blatant sort of beauty discrimination happen in every workplace? Is there such a thing as being too pretty for your job?’
Originally written by Olivia, this article appeared on BeautyHeaven.
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