Beauty Over Brains: The Damaging Effects of Appearance Discrimination

We’ve all heard the adage “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” but beauty may also be in the eyes of your boss.

Research suggests that a person’s appearance can affect their experiences in the workplace. Not only are attractive people more likely to be hired and land better jobs, but they are also more likely to be paid higher wages.

“Physical appearance discrimination grants privilege to those who meet the standard of beauty and disadvantages those who don’t,” says Cynthia Sims, adjunct faculty member at Northeastern Illinois University and the author of research focused on gender, leadership and development.

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