An Instagram model claims her good looks have held her back in her professional life.
Maria Thattil, from Melbourne, Australia, has bachelor degree in psychology and a masters in human resources, but says some people just can’t see past her amazing looks.
Speaking to her 60,000 followers, the 27-year-old said there had been times in her life when she had been singled out because of her appearance.
The recruiter said: “I remember starting my career in recruitment while I was finishing my masters in HR and very often I was told things based on how I looked.
“I was told even in my internship, very early just starting my career, you need to be extra nice to people because you’re pretty, therefore they’re going to assume you’re stuck up.
“It was from a female senior actually and it was very disheartening.”
In another example, Maria, who is the current Miss Universe Australia, said a male employer once commented on how much make-up she wore to work, while one recruiter told her that she probably only got her job because the boss liked the look of her.
She went on: “I think it’s really important to acknowledge that society has very changing standards of beauty and right now a lot of the things that come natural to me – whether it’s my skin tone or the fact that my lips are bigger – that at the moment is being glorified as a trend and now the media and society has determined that is attractive.”
Even at school, Maria says, she was singled out for having ‘beauty and brains’, with girls questioning how she got onto a psychology course.
Well, the influencer now plans to take this issue up in her new Instagram series Mind With Me.
She added: “I think it’s really important for me to speak from a place of acknowledging yes, at the moment I do have certain privileges because I am meeting certain ideals.
“And having that means I need to use that responsibility to speak on the things that matter, but I’ve also experienced prejudice, and I’ve also been othered and I’ve also been someone who is excluded because I didn’t always meet the threshold for what it is to be successful, beautiful, worth or valuable.”
Luna Benna, 21, became frustrated with Tinder and claims the app is prejudiced against her for being attractive.
Luna first signed up to Tinder in 2017 and had high hopes straight away, with hundreds of matches every month.
Men were so taken with the model’s photos that they offered her gifts as well as compliments, such as holidays and money. Some even proposed.
Luna explained: “I was young, dumb and… looking for love. I received so many odd and silly messages during my time on Tinder. People offering me vacations, proposing to me, even offering money if I agreed to meet up with them. I never actually went through with that one, by the way.”