A new Newsweek article, out today, The Beauty Advantage (Link not longer available), says beauty can affect all aspects of your life, including your job.

The good news for most people is, if they weren’t born beautiful, and they want an edge, they can have it thanks to the help of Miami plastic surgery. 

The author, Jessica Bennett, makes a reference to Debrahlee Lorenzana, the New York woman who sued Citibank claiming she was fired for her good looks. Bennett also cites the “beauty premium,” the idea coined by economists that beautiful people tend to do better overall in life. Good looking men earn five percent more than average looking ones; the better looking a person is, the more attention he or she gets; and even babies are captivated by handsome faces.

The article goes on to say that in this economy, appearance is critical. The magazine conducted a survey of hiring managers, and more than half of them admitted that unattractive candidates are likely to have more difficulty finding a job. Sixty-one percent of managers, many mostly men, said it was at a woman’s advantage to wear attire that showed off her figure. Looks were even placed above education when asked to rank employee attributes.

So where does this fascination with appearance come from? The author’s research reveals that humans are attracted to symmetrical faces and curves in women because they supposedly produce healthy offspring, among other things. There’s also the cultural aspect, reality shows such as Extreme Makeover and I Want a Famous Face have made plastic surgery not only acceptable, but encouraged.

The bottom line … good looks pay – on the job, in relationships and in life in general. Cosmetic procedures such as rhinoplastyor chin implantscan help one achieve facial symmetry, while a breast augmentation or buttock augmentation can provide those curves nature didn’t.


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