Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: The beauty rort


Good-looking people get away with more than ugly people. It’s a fact. The only people who wouldn’t agree with this are beautiful people. But that’s because they’ve been batting their long lashes and getting away with murder for years. In fact if they do want to murder someone, beautiful people generally just hire an ugly person to do it. Have a look at who’s in jail. I don’t want to be cruel, but there ain’t no faces from Australia’s next top model pressed up against the glass. Nope.

Sorry, ‘not beautiful’ people, it’s not enough being ‘ugly’ and spending your life feeling overlooked; turns out you have to work harder as well. Oh, and you won’t be paid as well. Or get the credit for all the hard work you do. A good-looking person will swoop in and get that. However, your job, unattractive people, is still important. Because if you didn’t exist, then being beautiful would be meaningless. If everyone were beautiful, then no-one would be.

Beautiful people only exist because of the ugly default. They need us. Beautiful people find it hard to get other beautiful people to do things for them. That’s why their marriages never work. Look at Brad and Ange. All that radiant gorgeousness deflecting off the other, and neither of them ever managing to put the bin out. Beautiful people need plain people so someone else can take the blame; they get to move the boxes, to make the bed, to bury the body. That’s right, fellow ugly people. Grab that shovel and start digging. You will always work harder and get less credit than the beautiful people.

It’s why ageing used to be such an awesome thing. It was the great leveller. Beautiful people lost their beauty. They joined the ranks of the plain and the passed-over and suddenly had to get useful. For some it came as a bit of a shock to find a book at 40 but now there’s Botox they’re no longer needed. Thanks to plastic surgery, and injecting more fillers than a bean-bag factory, beautiful people can remain useless forever!

Beautiful people say naff things about being beautiful all the time – pretending it doesn’t mean anything to them. It’s a lie. It means everything to them. They just don’t want the ugly people who do shit for them to wake up to the beauty rort. The genius Jennifer Lopez has been quoted putting her spin on the adage ‘beauty is only skin deep’. JLo goes on to say, ‘I think what’s really important is finding a balance of mind, body and spirit’. Well, that’s a load of bullshit.

If I want insight on the subject, I turn to an ugly woman such as Dorothy Parker. This thin-lipped social commentator, satirist and poet nailed it with her quip ‘Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bones’. Sounds nasty? Nope. Parker was speaking from experience, and decades later we’ve followed it up with a study that actually proves that life favours attractive people. It’s called the ‘beauty bias’ and it means attractive people are not just ascribed more positive personality traits such as intelligence and kindness; they are also given unfair advantages in both the workplace and legal proceedings.

Apparently beautiful women also have an easier time taking advantage of men financially. (Beautiful women have been informally conducting that research since Cleopatra got Mark Antony to kiss her asp.) It’s not exactly clear why we behave differently towards attractive people; perhaps it’s that we are more open to unfair offers from attractive people or deep down we all believe inner beauty is for fat people. Or perhaps it’s just that at the end of the day we let beautiful people get away with stuff because we’re after a root. Although I wouldn’t know. I’m too beautiful.

3 responses to “Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: The beauty rort”

  1. Donstar says:

    symmetry appeals … symmetry of features we call beauty. When one is mistaken for resembling a perfect woman (or man), all other virtues are super imposed. In relationships, can only lead to disappointment. Symmetry of features masks a fellow human with all the usual foibles and flaws. It is currently fashionable to mock beauty for reasons I can’t comprehend. Mind, apparently beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. When looking with love, others ARE more attractive. Next time you see beauty please tell them. BTW 97 year old Joy in Uki is a beauty.

  2. Love it Mandy, good story! 🙂

  3. Ken says:

    My god !
    Well done Mandy , this story verges on being relevant. I have been convinced for years THE most hideous discrimination in this “wonderful,l multicultural, politically correct and hideously feminist “society is obviously the bias towards the ‘beautiful people’. It doesn’t matter what you know or feel or how beautiful you are in character, the position is already full, thanks to appearance.
    Millions of women owe their existence to this fact.
    “Such is life” and I’m sure you have felt the benefit,…. but the rest of us just have to get used to it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Become a supporter of The Echo

A note from the editorial team

Some of The Echo’s editorial team: journalists Paul Bibby and Aslan Shand, editor Hans Lovejoy, photographer Jeff Dawson and Mandy Nolan

The Echo has never underestimated the intelligence and passion of its readers. In a world of corporate banality and predictability, The Echo has worked hard for more than 30 years to help keep Byron and the north coast unique with quality local journalism and creative ideas. We think this area needs more voices, reasoned analysis and ideas than just those provided by News Corp, lifestyle mags, Facebook groups and corporate newsletters.

The Echo is one hundred per cent locally owned and one hundred per cent independent. As you have probably gathered from what is happening in the media industry, it is not cheap to produce a weekly newspaper and a daily online news service of any quality.

We have always relied entirely on advertising to fund our operations, but often loyal readers who value our local, independent journalism have asked how they could help ensure our survival.

Any support you can provide to The Echo will make an enormous difference. You can make a one-off contribution or a monthly one. With your help, we can continue to support a better informed local community and a healthier democracy for another 30 years.”

Echonetdaily is made possible by the support of all of our advertisers and is brought to you by this week's sponsors Vast Furniture & Homewares Ballina and Falls Festival Byron Bay.