Looks. Not so skin deep after all?

In Portrait of a Lady on October 13, 2011 at 11:16 pm

A little makeup can go along way, at least that’s what women are often told, and according to a recent study, women who wear makeup are perceived as being more competent and trustworthy.

It’s true that when cosmetics are applied correctly they enhance a woman’s beauty, and people in general are more apt to like someone who is attractive, yet to think they’re more honest and intelligent? Seems like a stretch.

Looks are still immensely important in the majority of cultures and societies, and though what’s considered to be attractive varies, it plays a role in how ‘successful’ a person may be, especially if that person is female.

However, what makes me a little hesitant to truly believe this article is 1. It seems to be the first of its kind, and 2. Beauty is enormously subjective. Add perception on top of that and my skepticism increases.

Judging looks for how much someone may be liked is one thing, but for how capable they’ll be or knowledgeable…well, it depends on the kind of attractiveness we’re discussing.  And perhaps this article just didn’t explain their point very well.  It might not be attractiveness they were measuring but appearance, which are two very different things.  Someone can be absolutely stunning and still be unkempt.  It could have been a matter of how well groomed and neat they looked when wearing makeup, and someone who appears neat and tidy is most likely more competent than someone who looks like they’re a bum on the street…

Of course it all comes down to societal perceptions and prejudices.  When making friends I hope we’ve all learned to not judge too hastily, but in a job it’s always best to put one’s ‘best foot forward’ and though once hired you have time to prove your worth, it’s always easier to start off on a good foot, however unfortunate people’s perceptions may be, than be looked down upon or not trusted to excel.



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