I recently read, in the June issue of Allure magazine, an article called "Pretty in the City". It basically talked about how attractive females are happier as opposed to less attractive females. This was also in correlation with personal relationships as well. It was a very small article, and, after reading it, I began thinking of 'The Halo Effect' and the similarities.
In society, attractive people tend to be more intelligent, better adjusted...more popular. This is described as the halo effect (due to the perfection associated with angels). It was stated that attractive people also have more occupational success and more dating experience than their unattractive counterparts. One theory behind this halo effect is that it is accurate -- attractive people are indeed more successful.
An alternative explanation for attractive people achieving more in life is that we automatically categorize others before having an opportunity to evaluate their personalities, based on cultural stereotypes which say attractive people must be intrinsically good, and ugly people must be inherently bad.
Whatever the reason, the notion that attractiveness correlates with success still rings true. Yet beauty is not always advantageous, for beautiful people, particularly attractive women, tend to be perceived as more materialistic, snobbish, and vain.
For better or worse, the bottom line is that beauty matters; it pervades society and affects how we choose loved ones. Thus, striving to appear attractive may not be such a vain endeavor after all.
What do you guys think?
Now for my outfit posts...
Taken Saturday...movie night
NY&CO Tank; jeggings??; Target shoes; WalMart necklace & bracelet
Taken today after work
Target dress; Shoe Land shoes; Necklace from Macy's (Miami) for $4