In case you weren’t convinced that life isn’t fair, a new–er, “new”–study shows that attractive people make more money. Because of course they do.
The study says that women with above-average looks take home about eight percent more cash than plain Janes and bridge trolls. But what’s scary is how much having below-average looks can actually hinder one’s career.
But there’s a bright side: Women actually aren’t quite as affected. Men who are considered to have below-average looks net an average of 14 percent less take-home pay, while women face only about four percent less. Which still sucks, but could be worse.
The phenomenon is said to start as early as high school: More attractive students get higher grades and are more likely to graduate and go to college than their beastly peers and were seen as more promising in general. This elevates students’ confidence, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy that leads to success.
Of course, there’s more to life than looks, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder anyway. Still, some lip gloss can’t hurt. And for the record, creeps on the subway? They think I’m promising.