This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
Dublin: 15 °C Thursday 22 August, 2019


# attractive - Thursday 31 December, 2015

13 science-backed ways to appear more attractive

It isn’t all genetics.

# attractive - Saturday 4 July, 2015

From The Daily Edge The search is on for the ridiculously good-looking Kerry barman Find The Rogue

The search is on for the ridiculously good-looking Kerry barman

He’s used his looks as a defence in court.

# attractive - Monday 25 May, 2015

From The Daily Edge 8 little things Irish lads do that girls find inexplicably attractive Love Me For A Reason

# attractive - Saturday 10 January, 2015

Is there a scientific way to tell how good looking you are?

Three young scientists at this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition examining the maths of attractiveness.

# attractive - Saturday 12 April, 2014

From The Daily Edge 8 cartoon characters everyone found strangely attractive Magic Carpet Rides

# attractive - Wednesday 15 May, 2013

From The Daily Edge Merkel reveals that she likes "nice eyes" on a man Glad Eye

Merkel reveals that she likes "nice eyes" on a man

Angela Merkel and the way she might look at you.

# attractive - Wednesday 8 May, 2013

From The Daily Edge Beards make everything better... here's 7 reasons why Hirsutes You Sir This post contains videos

# attractive - Monday 19 November, 2012

Lisa McInerney: Hey guys, you don't have to be arrogant to be attractive

Women do like nice men – and to say otherwise, as an anonymous column did last week, is a real disservice to the good guys.

# attractive - Wednesday 11 August, 2010

DO YOU HAVE pretty eyes? Nice hair? Soft skin?

Good luck getting a job then.

But only if you’re a woman and you want to be a driver – or a director of finance.

Or a mechanical engineer, a director of security, a hardware salesperson, a prison guard, a construction supervisor…Well, let’s just say anything that is considered sufficiently “masculine”.

According to findings published in the Journal of Social Psychology, if you’re a beautiful woman your chances of bagging a job as manager of research and development – aka a “masculine sex-type job” – are very slim indeed.

Stefanie Johnson, assistant professor of management at UC Denver Business School, found that despite good looks generally being beneficial for both women and men – whether they are job-hunting, looking for a pay rise, or even standing trial – an exception to the rule is applied to attractive women trying to enter particular roles.

Johnson found that in roles traditionally seen as masculine, and for which appearances are not seen as important, beautiful women were typically overlooked.

Participants in one experiment were given a list of jobs and a two pile of photos of applicants: a stack of 55 men and another stack of 55 women. They were then asked to match the applicant to the jobs according to their suitability.

Attractive women were overlooked for positions for which appearance was perceived to be unimportant, like director of security, hardware salesperson, prison guard and tow truck driver. Instead beautiful women tended to be sorted into positions like receptionist or secretary.

Johnson said:

One could argue that, under certain conditions, physical appearance may be a legitimate basis for hiring… In jobs involving face-to-face client contact, such as sales, more physically attractive applicants could conceivably perform better than those who are less attractive. However it is important that if physical attractiveness is weighed equally for men and women to avoid discrimination against women.

The study echoes the case of Debrahlee Lorenzana earlier this year, who claims that she was sacked from her job at Citibank on the sole basis of being too attractive.

Lorenzana alleges that her managers gave her a list of clothes that she was not allowed to wear: turtlenecks, pencil skirts, fitted suits, and three-inch heels. Her suit says: “As a result of her tall stature, coupled with her curvaceous figure… (Lorenzana was told) she should not wear classic high-heeled business shoes, as this purportedly drew attention to her body in a manner that was upsetting to her easily distracted male managers.”

Citigroup deny the alleagtions and saying: “Citi is committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and providing a respectful environment in the workplace”.

But regardless of whether Lorenzana’s case has merit or not, Johnson’s study shows that women still have some way to go before being taken seriously in the workplace – even, it would seem, for jobs where looks don’t matter.