Powdered heavily, and dieting

Tuesday, science writer Jennifer Ouellette tweeted thusly:

I sent up a response: “She was quite lovely — and downright brilliant. I pity those who believe someone can’t be both.”

The next day, this vision was visited upon us, or upon some of us anyway:

Laura Fernee

The story so far:

Meet Laura Fernee, a 33-year-old academic who claims she was hounded out of her work because of her beauty.

Fernee, who has a PhD and worked as a scientific researcher, has been unemployed for two years and now lives with her parents, who very kindly pay for her flat, shopping and expenses — to the tune of £2,000 a month.

The Daily Mail, always cattier than thou, notes that her research job paid only £30,000 a year, presumably taxable. And this quote seems a tad disingenuous:

She said men left “romantic gifts” on her desk and she was “constantly asked out”, which she found “sleazy”.

“Even when I was in a laboratory in scrubs with no make-up they still came on to me because of my natural attractiveness.”

You know, somebody ought to do some research into this sort of thing. Can’t be Hedy, because she’s dead; can’t be Laura, because she’s writing a book about how horrible it is to be gorgeous. What’s Samantha Brick doing these days?

(Via Interested-Participant.)



  1. Dick Stanley »

    23 May 2013 · 5:44 pm

    I’m sure it depends on the personality and character of the beauty involved as to how they handle it rather than the plain fact of it alone. I do remember testing in college an old adage: that most of them are free because most men assume they are busy. Turned out to be true, though the other factors turned out to be more important, of course.

  2. Roger Green »

    23 May 2013 · 10:29 pm

    I know a prominent local news guy dismiss Lara Logan of CBS News some years ago, seemingly thing that anyone that pretty couldn’t be any good.

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