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The Downside to Being Pretty

Remember those "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful" commercials for Pantene? Well, these folks really mean it. The following is a Sundance Channel documentary that explores the pros and cons of being attractive. The cons? Oh yes. Apparently, it's a tough job being beautiful; all the gawking gets annoying. But one of the beauties interviewed had enough self-awareness to ask, "Is this a mockumentary, by any chance?" At least she can add "funny" to the burden of being beautiful!

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Surferchic95 Surferchic95 8 years
yea it gets annoying when people (guys) are super sweet to my brother just to try to get my number...i don't believe in just being pretty on the outside bt also on the inside...hell yea i believe tht jus cuz ur pretty doesn't mean tht u shud get free things...I get aked if I am a model a lot and the fact that guys who are older than me hit on me gets on my nerves but I have gotten used to it..at first I would try to ugly up myself (ikr) bt i have realized tht it's doesn't make sense so watever u kno??If u hv a beautiful soul u will be more attractive then the model look a like who has no charisma...
Surferchic95 Surferchic95 8 years
yea it gets annoying when people (guys) are super sweet to my brother just to try to get my number...i don't believe in just being pretty on the outside bt also on the inside...hell yea i believe tht jus cuz ur pretty doesn't mean tht u shud get free things... I get aked if I am a model a lot and the fact that guys who are older than me hit on me gets on my nerves but I have gotten used to it..at first I would try to ugly up myself (ikr) bt i have realized tht it's doesn't make sense so watever u kno?? If u hv a beautiful soul u will be more attractive then the model look a like who has no charisma...
ChristinaMUFE ChristinaMUFE 8 years
"is this a mockumentary?"....i love it.....lol
thatsmypurse thatsmypurse 8 years
I really think they could have picked better looking people for this. I didn't think any of those people were all that good looking, hahaha!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I heard Michelle Phiefer make a comment about it being hard to be a beautiful actress cause you don't get good roles. Aren't they all beautiful? I really lost respect for her after that. Being attractive isn't ever a negative thing. If you wanted to look ugly it's really easy. Unattractive people have it much harder. I hate people who act like this. I'm sure a lot of these people that think they are so attractive wouldn't be attractive to me or to other people. Beauty is subjective.
pinaychic5 pinaychic5 8 years
wow, mockumentary..never heard of that word before until now.
Kgirl99 Kgirl99 8 years
this documentary is hilarious. i am gonna say one more thing: no one ever got plastic surgery to become less attractive.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
Beauty is subjective, and it is just a card that is randomly handed to people. In such a beauty-obsessed culture, it can open doors and have its perks, but it's not the most important facet that makes a person. And it can also come with its stigmas. I liked the part with the "mockumentary quote" too: it was like one of the beauties seemed to be cautious in talking about the stigmas of being beautiful and how shallow their problems must sound to others.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
Beauty is subjective, and it is just a card that is randomly handed to people. In such a beauty-obsessed culture, it can open doors and have its perks, but it's not the most important facet that makes a person. And it can also come with its stigmas. I liked the part with the "mockumentary quote" too: it was like one of the beauties seemed to be cautious in talking about the stigmas of being beautiful and how shallow their problems must sound to others.
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 8 years
Herjoiedevivre, I hear you. I felt for the woman who was crying, too, not so much because I think she was saying that being beautiful sucks, but that being a woman harassed on the street sucks. And yes, it happens to all women, regardless of what they look like. Why? Cuz it's just harassment, pure and simple. :oy:
herjoiedevivre herjoiedevivre 8 years
I love how society and magazines wants everyone to say "I'm beautiful!" or "I'm attractive!" and the instant someone does, they get shut down. yeah, most of those people were stunningly pretty (except for the guy on the private jet...what was that!). and I'm not stunningly pretty, just your average girl next door "comfy" look, and I get free stuff. and I get hassled like the girl who started crying did and it actually does bring me to tears, and makes me really insecure about where I go and whether I go alone. I don't think she was a drama queen. try walking the streets downtown wearing winter clothing getting screamed at and followed. you don't have to be the sexiest girl in the world or even in the city to be subjected to that kind of humiliation.
herjoiedevivre herjoiedevivre 8 years
I love how society and magazines wants everyone to say "I'm beautiful!" or "I'm attractive!" and the instant someone does, they get shut down. yeah, most of those people were stunningly pretty (except for the guy on the private jet...what <i>was</i> that!). and I'm not stunningly pretty, just your average girl next door "comfy" look, and I get free stuff. and I get hassled like the girl who started crying did and it actually does bring me to tears, and makes me really insecure about where I go and whether I go alone. I don't think she was a drama queen. try walking the streets downtown wearing winter clothing getting screamed at and followed. you don't have to be the sexiest girl in the world or even in the city to be subjected to that kind of humiliation.
missyd missyd 8 years
Wow hmcmcd, you hit the nail right on the head. Everything you said is exactly right. The women who are the most beautiful actually seem to get that held against them.....
hmcmcd hmcmcd 8 years
Ok, seriously you don't have to be terrribly pretty to have guys honk or leer, they do that no matter what, unless of course you are 300lbs.(and even then sometimes, if they think they are funny) If you start to think it is b/c you are unordinarily attractive that's your problem. I have lots of friends who are attractive women, they are by no means beautiful, but they are charming and friendly and thus recieve not only free things all the time but get looked at all of the time too. Women who are super beautiful, actually get less stuff for free than an ordinary attractive women. People(men) are intimidated by thier beauty and tend to shut down a little bit. People also feel a little grudge against very beautiful women and don't want to offer them anything b/c they feel it is thier way of making the situation fair.
breakbrooklyn breakbrooklyn 8 years
i don't see what the point is. you don't have to be "beautiful" to get free stuff. "beautiful" girls aren't the only girls that get hit on a lot. and i put "beautiful" in quotes because beauty is int he eye of the beholder. i only thought 3 of the girls were pretty enough to be called really attractive but i'm sure others might find all of the girls beautiful or maybe just one. when it comes to beauty there's no clear cut answer
holysnap holysnap 8 years
Yea those ppl were all ugly.
holysnap holysnap 8 years
Yea those ppl were all ugly.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
All I can think after watching this is "ahh to have being beautiful be my main problem" If people don't perceive you as the "smart" one or funny onem prove them wrong. And YES pretty people DO get free things, or discounted things, or things first or better. That is totally true
BuTtERCuPP21 BuTtERCuPP21 8 years
this is ridiculous... people that are so upset because it is so hard being "beautiful" (at least to themselves) is so stupid... trust me these people wouldn't look half a good a what the do if the didnt try so hard to make themselves pretty... they can stop wearing make-up and look just as pretty as dog if they wanted... so dont whine because people think you are pretty and stare.. i think it might just be in you head... some of them arent that cute...
Community-Manager Community-Manager 8 years
I think the most beautiful thing to flaunt is one's self confidence. I think there can be two women (where one is much more attractive but if the less attractive of the two has more of a presence when walking into a room, that is what is memorable). Beauty is so hard to define, as it really is in the eye of the beholder.
Swen Swen 8 years
I think being beautiful is a double edged sword. You do get a lot of benefits from it obviously, but I think it can be frustrating to be constantly ogled and especially to not be taken seriously. Everyone is judged from their appearance on multiple levels: your age, how you dress, your race, your gender, and your level of attractiveness. I think we have all experienced being treated a certain way due to any number of these factors and it can be extremely discouraging. I'm not trying to equate racism with this or anything. I'm just saying I'm sure a lot of us, for example, have felt car mechanics have tried to dumb us down while talking to us or possibly even overcharged us because they assume since we're female we are ignorant and can be taken advantage of. I think beautiful people have to prove extra hard to prove their intelligence and professionalism. However, I won't have any sympathy for you if you go into an interview with cleavage and a miniskirt and complain that you only got your job because of your looks.
lilegwene lilegwene 8 years
KiDoE, I think they're all good looking, but not shockingly. The blonde girl and the girl who started crying look like normal girls. None of the men look like models. Kathleen, I think it depends on two things. One -- where you go! I bet if you are "beautiful and model-esque" and you go out to a nice restaurant men will send you drinks. The other thing is just personality. I get things free and I am not beautiful! I got a blouse from a store the other day because I hit it off with the salesgirl. I think it depends on your personality more than anything else - just be super friendly and people generally respond to that. :)
lilegwene lilegwene 8 years
KiDoE, I think they're all good looking, but not shockingly. The blonde girl and the girl who started crying look like normal girls. None of the men look like models.Kathleen, I think it depends on two things. One -- where you go! I bet if you are "beautiful and model-esque" and you go out to a nice restaurant men will send you drinks. The other thing is just personality. I get things free and I am not beautiful! I got a blouse from a store the other day because I hit it off with the salesgirl. I think it depends on your personality more than anything else - just be super friendly and people generally respond to that. :)
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