Hearing Hollywood actresses begrudge their looks in interviews is as annoying as them telling us that no one wants to date them. Because really how much sympathy can you have for someone that is born with cheekbones made for billboards and can’t go on Tinder?

 

The latest celebrity to claim that being pretty closes doors in Hollywood is actress Charlize Theron. In her cover interview with GQ the actress said: “Jobs with real gravitas go to people that are physically right for them and that’s the end of the story. How many roles are out there for the gorgeous, f***ing, gown-wearing eight-foot model? When meaty roles come through, I’ve been in the room and pretty people get turned away first.”

 

While it might make you roll your eyes to hear Theron, who is the face of J’Adore Dior and has also won an Academy Award, claim that being beautiful can hold you back, she’s hardly the first to say that a near-perfect appearance can have a negative impact on one’s career. Katherine Jenkins, for one, has said of the downsides of being beautiful: "It creates a certain lack of credibility that can be annoying sometimes."

 

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So does the woe of Hollywood's leading women actually stack up in reality? Apparently not. In fact, research shows that being beautiful can help your career, not hinder it. According to social psychologists Lisa Slattery Walker and Tonya Frevert at the University of North Carolina, more attractive people tend to succeed in the corporate world. One BBC study of MBA graduates found that there was a 10 to 15% salary difference between the most and least attractive people in the class, adding up to £150,000 in a lifetime. Or, as Walker sums up those considered beautiful: “You are being conferred advantages throughout your life, from your schooldays into the workplace."

 

Researchers in Italy confirmed that it can be easier for beautiful people to land a job. They sent out 10,000 CVs, changing only the name, address and found that on average, ‘attractive women’ were 54% successful while only 7% of ‘unattractive women’ were contacted about their application.

 

But whilst being attractive might help you land a job, there are some stats that back up what Theron's saying - that once you're there, being beautiful in the workplace can foster some prejudice among your co-workers. Walker and Frevert use Legally Blonde as an example – Elle Woods had to work harder to make her colleagues see her as a serious lawyer able to take on a seemingly impossible challenge (in her case, passing Bruiser's Bill) because of her perfect pink acrylics and shiny Barbie hair.

 

As Samantha Brick, the journalist who broke the internet way before Kim Kardashian with her piece ‘Why women hate me for being beautiful,' proved, admitting you back yourself beauty wise is a subject that really touches a nerve. The 5,700 comments on her piece from 2012 show that we don't like hearing people admit they think they are beautiful.

 

So whilst we might not like hearing Theron speak candidly about the struggles of being drop dead gorgeous, perhaps we should focus on what she is really saying - that we shouldn't be regarded as unable to achieve something based on our looks alone. And how can we argue with that?

 

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