While I was ignoring my kids and yakking with some Mumrades at the park on Monday afternoon the conversation turned to Samantha Brick’s appearance on 60 Minutes the previous evening. Ms Brick caused a world wide furore when she claimed in her column in the Daily Mail that hers is a path of misery and woe because she’s just too damned beautiful. (Cue Right Said Fred – I’m Too Sexy). The way she describes it, her life is like an extended commercial for Impulse body spray.
Yes – complete strangers have suddenly given her flowers, men regularly send drinks to her table and freebies are lavished on her everywhere she goes. It doesn’t sound too bad but apparently the sisterhood have their sharpened claws out for her. She reasons that this is because “women find nothing more annoying than someone else being the most attractive girl in a room”. Geez if this were the case Mumabulous would live in a perpetual state of annoyance. I admit to being constantly irritated but its not due ladies of superior looks, its because of the kids!
60 Minutes pitted Ms Brick against Germaine Greer – low hanging fruit as far as ratings are concerned. Good old Germaine didn’t disappoint. Love her or blame her for the decline of Western Civilization, she’s always entertaining. On Sunday night she came out with this hum dinger “She’s wrong about people discriminating against her because she’s beautiful. They discriminate against her because she’s a pain in the arse. I mean, it’s perfectly obvious.”
In my opinion, Brick’s a media genius. The whole “dont hate me because I’m beautiful” schitck is a fabrication to generate buzz. I suspect she received more buzz than she bargained for but she’s riding it for all its worth. I daresay she’ll profit quite handsomely from the exposure. This is a good thing because she didn’t marry handsomely (Did you see her chubby hubby – Eeeeeeeeeew).*
The whole thing got me thinking. It would have more productive to think about the stock market. Nevertheless I found myself pondering whether attractive women are ostracized by their peers. My conclusion was that yes it can happen but much depends on the behaviour of the sexy chick in question. Here’s two examples from my past.
Many moons ago I worked as lowly serf for one of Australia’s leading financial institutions. The company was affectionately nicknamed Australia’s Melrose Place and Another Marriage Proposal. There was one girl in the accounts department, a dark exotic beauty with bum skimming hair who had the young desk jockeys pandering to her every whim. She would turn up to work with plunging necklines, skirts that grazed her nether regions and sky high stilettos. This is unremarkable nowadays but back in the 90s it was scandalous. Her inappropriate outfits were the number one topic of water cooler conversation. One of our colleagues described her mini’s as “Gosford dresses because they were just below the Entrance -hahahaha”. She was intelligent, competent and by no means a bad person. Whilst I was always polite and friendly, I kept her at arms length. Why? 1) 99% of her conversation focused on her personal appearance, 2) She was heavily into party plans etc and was constantly trying to sell something.
After six weeks of dating she became engaged to one of the big wig fund managers upstairs. The relationship didn’t last – I’m guessing she was just too much hard work for him.
At the same company, a babe in knee high boots and short skirt sashayed into the office as a temp. It didn’t take long for the young bucks (some of them must have been virgins) to start huddling around her panting like love sick puppies. The bitching this provoked was phenomenal. Catty remarks were made about her choice of work attire (black lacey bras under white shirts, sunglasses as a head band etc). The irony is that the chief bitches were themselves very attractive and glamorous young ladies. I suspect that they were jealous that their spot light had been deflected.
Of course it all ended in tears. One day when she was fighting with her boyfriend, a pathetic young accounts clerk took her out for lunch to “console her”. The pair did not return to the office that afternoon. I guess he consoled her long and hard. Hope it was worth it because she was sacked whilst he clung on to his post. I believe in this case the girl copped the rough end of the stick because of her attractiveness. She could have prevented it by toning down her act but this begs the question why should she? There’s a whole other blog post in that!
Yes – women can attract bile from “the sisterhood” for their attractiveness but its usually when they are playing their God given cards to the absolute hilt. However in Samantha Brick’s case, I’m with Germaine. She has no female friends because she’s a pain in the proverbial
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this my gorgeous Mumrades.
* Chubby hubbies can be very appealing but Samantha’s husband Pascal Rubenat is cringe worthy.