For centuries, women have been judged based on their looks. Even in today’s society, people have their own perceptions of beauty.
Then there’s Felicia Czochanski, who says that she is too pretty, her looks have become a burden to her. The 20-year-old wrote an essay for Cosmopolitan magazine, titled “People Judge Me Because I’m Pretty”—and people aren’t too happy about it.
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According to Czochanski, she is fed up with having men stare at her as she makes her way around the city. She said that even though she is more than her looks, people underestimate her by undermining her intelligence.
“Imagine how it feels to have heads turn and all eyes on you when you are simply trying to get to where you need to be,” she wrote. “It doesn’t make me feel beautiful or sexy. It makes me feel like there’s something wrong with me. The scrutiny is never ending.”
The girlie girl, who describes herself as “5-foot-5 (168cm) with blonde hair, big hazel eyes, 34DDs, and toned calves” complained, “People seemed to forget or simply ignore my accomplishments. They disregarded the fact that I’m an athlete, I’m intelligent, and I’m incredibly ambitious.”
The aim of Felicia’s article is supposed to be “appreciated for more than just my looks and respected for who am I as a person.”
She also said that the unwarranted attention eventually led her to start wearing baggy clothes, if only to take men’s eyes off her. “I dulled myself down, personality- and appearance-wise, for years, trying to be appreciated for something other than my looks.”
The 20-year-old freelance writer and magazine intern said, “The scrutiny is never ending. The immediate thoughts of whether my skirt is too short or my shirt is too low cause me to doubt the professional outfit that I put on in the morning. I wonder if there’s something stuck to my shoe, if I forgot to put on some item of clothing, anything that could be wrong with me that would cause people to stare. But it’s typically just because I’m ‘pretty,’ and sometimes, it seems like that’s all society will perceive me to be.”
Instead of gaining sympathies, however, her Cosmo article caused an Internet storm filled with vile comments from readers.
One said, “It looks like we have found Derek Zoolander’s long lost sister.”
Another noted, “This is the most self-absorbed, narcissistic thing I’ve ever seen on the Internet. It’s a humble brag minus the ‘humble,’ masquerading as a ‘woe is me’ op-ed.”