Bold is beautiful

Barack's BeautyIt is a long known and well documented fact that looking good is very helpful, not only in romantic plane but in life in general. Good-looking people have higher chances of success in their careers, they are more likely to be treated with respect by others, and subsequently stand to earn more at average than those who are less blessed by looks.

Reuters recently reported on the annual People Magazine’s 100 most beautiful people list, pointing out some remarkable newcomers in addition to old hands such as George Clooney, Brangelina, Cindy Crawford and others. Most notable out of the new nominations would be Michelle Obama, but in a separate section titled “Barack’s Beauties” one will also find names such as Timothy Geithner, a Treasury Secretary, and White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel.

Another rookie, Robert Pattinson of the Twilight fame stated his confusion upon the nomination: “I don’t get it. It’s funny, you look the same for years and no one ever mentions it. Then suddenly it’s a big deal.” I think this is a very pertinent observation. Because while I am not saying that Michelle Obama, Timothy Geithner or Rahm Emanuel don’t look good, most beautiful they certainly are not. Or, I guess it depends on how do you define beauty – and this leads us back to the beginning. If beauty is in the eye of beholder then it certainly looks like that not only are beautiful people bound to be more successful, but also that we tend to see successful (powerful, wealthy, talented, what have you) people as more beautiful.

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