We have all seen them—women who walk into a room and command everyone’s attention the very second their presence is known. Significant others are often seen angrily intercepting the glances of their boyfriend’s or husband’s wandering eyes before they’re able to stare too long. These women know they’re attractive and acknowledge that their attractiveness can be uncomfortable for some. No fault of their own, these women clearly understand the inner workings of the human psychology that drives these glances, stares, uncomfortableness and oftentimes—favors.

Since the beginning of time, the marvelous beauty of womanhood, can calm souls and ignite passion in the hearts of many. With that being noted, there’s a certain population of women who experience social privileges based on their striking appearances alone. People view pretty women much differently than they view others. Clearly—there are advantages that come with being beautiful. “Women feel that beauty is inherently important,” says Daniel Hamermesh, a University of Texas at Austin Labor Economist. Hamermesh is known to be the father of pulchronomics, which is the economic study of beauty. The study of beauty and how it’s perceived in the eyes of human beings is going to range in variety of course, however—the one thing that remains true, is that the more attractive that people perceive a woman to be, the more advantages these women will experience.

Attractive women are influential. The more attractive she is in comparison to the other women around her, the more impactful she becomes in regard to her social environment and experiences. Let me illustrate the point this way—studies have shown that beautiful women attract powerful men, that others are nicer and more accommodating towards them, they are smiled at more, and receive better opportunities to be successful in career-focused situations.

There’s also a direct correlation between women looking good and feeling good. According to the American Society Of Plastic Surgeons, (ASPS)—16 billion dollars was spent on plastic surgery procedures in 2016, and those numbers have increased every year. The pursuit of beauty has psychological roots that have been ingrained into girls at a very early age. Naturally, a woman wants to be seen and described as being beautiful. Even older women who are tainted by the mocking echoes of their youth, still do their best to create a beautiful appearance for themselves and for others. Women are going to age, but that doesn’t mean that their attractiveness has to wane. We live in a society where a youthful appearance and a beautiful face is respected and admired—with that, comes pressure to keep up one’s looks, or be overlooked. Being overlooked can be a devastating phenomenon for some women—the beauty industry knows this, as do plastic surgeons.

All in all, pretty women are also victims. They’re victimized in ways that allow people to make assumptions that these women are happier or have more advantages presented to them in life. Some of this may, in fact, be true, however being pretty doesn’t dictate one’s position in society—instead, it simply reveals the position society itself, has placed on the importance of beauty. The two are not the same.

Desirae L. Benson is a writer, content editor, magazine columnist, and entertainment media host based on the west coast. She hosts her own show featuring four different segments with celebrities, musicians, and people of prominence. To find out more, visit her on Facebook and IG by using @DesiraeBBB


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