We’ve all heard that women can be catty, jealous, and petty, but when Daily Mail writer Samantha Brick claimed there was a downside to being so pretty, many accused her of playing right into these divisive stereotypes she claimed to rally against.
On Monday, Brick penned a humble little article called, “There are downsides to looking this pretty’: Why women hate me for being beautiful,” in which she describes bartenders giving her free drinks, a note from an admiring airline captain, and bouquet of flowers from a stranger in an outdoor market. Seems like a charmed life, right? But according to Brick, prettiness has a price: hate from her female peers.
After a neighbor didn’t to speak to her while she was out for a walk, Brick says she wondered why women seemed to hate her so much.
While I’m no Elle Macpherson, I’m tall, slim, blonde and, so I’m often told, a good-looking woman. I know how lucky I am. But there are downsides to being pretty — the main one being that other women hate me for no other reason than my lovely looks.
If you’re a woman reading this, I’d hazard that you’ve already formed your own opinion about me — and it won’t be very flattering. For while many doors have been opened (literally) as a result of my looks, just as many have been metaphorically slammed in my face — and usually by my own sex.
Brick is right. I did form my opinion of her rather quickly, but it wasn’t based on her looks. The title of her article, her smug tone, and, ok, her picture made me wonder if she was suffering from an inflated sense of self-confidence or if she was just a master marketer looking to bolster her name.
While I understand that women are often suspicious, and yes, jealous of other women, many times it has to do with the person’s attitude and not just her looks.
Brick’s post has been criticized (and that’s putting it nicely) on both sides of the Pond. Will Heaven of The Telegraph called her a “shameless publicity-seeker,” while the Inquisitor called her the “humblebragging world champion.”
Her article caused the ‘net to erupt with conversations about whether or not Brick was actually attractive (according to the voters of BeautifulPeople.com she isn’t), or if she had a point at all. And while she claims it wasn’t a PR stunt, many people who had NO idea who Samantha Brick was before this week, now know her name.
But is that a good thing?
Brick says the reaction to her article proves her point. Those critical of her article (which includes several men) just hate her because she’s so damn pretty.
“Over the past 48 hours I’ve had thousands of emails to my personal account, not to mention all the rubbish on Twitter,” she said on ITV’s This Morning in the UK.
“And women have fallen into two camps. They’ve either gone: ‘You’re off your head, you’re a nutter, what are you on about, you’re really arrogant’, or they’ve said to me ‘You’ve reiterated the story of my life, thank you, It’s really difficult when you are perceived as being attractive, other women do not like it’.”
What do you think? Does Brick have a point or are her claims ‘rubbish’? Speak on it!