|While Barbie ® may be a beauty standard, glamorous women face the burden of prejudice from both male and female peers, who often consider them inherently less competent, less talented, less loyal, more spoiled, and more superficial ("the bimbo effect").
"True lookers" are more likely to be categorized as fit to be good receptionists or secretaries (or, in the United States, politicians) but not tough enough for real leadership roles like CEO, director of finance, or research managers.
Lastly comes the truism that while "Looks may get you in the door, they won't keep you there," or at least not looks alone. According to the author, "corporate hiring managers told Newsweek that confidence and experience were still the most important assets."
APSG Comment: Especially in developing countries but really everywhere on earth, there is the unquestioned assumption (heavily reinforced by the beauty industry) that better looks are the key to landing a job and making tons of money. In reality, it may help with the former but probably not much with the latter.
Alas, brains still matter. Might this signal a demand for a brand new subspecialty catering to those who still want to believe that success can bought by going under the knife?
Don't be too surprised to see it soon: The Association of Neuroplastic Surgeons. (Okay, sorry.)