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The truth about why beautiful people are more successful

Have you ever sat next to a supermodel on a plane? If you always fly in Economy class, the answer is probably no. Some supermodels, of course, fly only on private jets, so you'll never see them on commercial airline flights. Read More

I think there is another simple explanation to that

At least partial explanation. From my experience and others, arilines are likely to upgrade your seat to first or business class if you look good, dress nice and overall look representative. Many people ask for an upgrades and granted ones because of that. This is especially true for somestic flights where the cost for the airline is pretty low.

Complementary reason:

Physically attractive people have (on average) higher IQs.

You can judge the book by the cover: hiring good looking people will (on average) give you more capable employees.

That may have been the

That may have been the dumbest thing I've read on the internet in over a year. I have nothing against attractive people, but there is absolutely no correlation between physical attractiveness and intelligence. Physical attractiveness is almost completely based on luck of genetics, while intelligence is determined mostly by hard work and a little by luck.Also,most of the time, attractive people tend to slightly below average IQ, if only due to the fact that they need to expend less effort to make money and do well in life. Of course, this is a generalization and there are many many exceptions to the rule.


Those of us with disfiguring condition don't necessarily want the attention accorded to the sexually attractive, but we would prefer not to be punished financially. I do my part by avoiding them and minimizing my interaction with them altogether.

I disagree with complementary

I disagree with complementary reason. It's the way you dress that counts, not how you look, everything else is meaningless.


I think the airplane hierarchy of looks is hard to swallow. I know obese people that travel in 1st class for the wider seats. But you are onto something. Money is a part of it. Good looking people have an easier time getting sales and entry level positions. But when the stakes are high companies can care less about looks unless you look like you sleep in a cave and dont bath. Successful businesses want producers working for them. Nerds run laps around jocks in terms of making money. However we as humans do discriminate against each other all the time. People who don't have narrow facial features, smaller frames youthful faces are considered lesser beings. Sad but true. Our subconscience wants the hottest things it can get. But everyone ages so even the hottest twentysomething guy or girl will one day look just like mom or dad. Time catches up to everyone. Bottom line enjoy youth cause you'll have 50 years of life without it. Personally I think nature built us this way so that we don't spend our whole lives in the sack.

My comment is this: Though I

My comment is this: Though I can understand your arguement, and you give x amount of explanations as if their are not many more, you have not considered one thing! which is Beauty comes from within, this is the truth to your semi ludicrous question.

the truth about the beautiful people are more successful game

Based on my own casual observations, I have to agree totally with this assessment. Recently there have been articles in online news sites that someone did a study and discovered a correlation between people who have sex more often and people who make more money. It's so obvious to me that it is because beautiful people tend to be more desired for sex AND more desired for employment. I think that a lot of people don't like to acknowledge that, however, because it is contrary to their politically correct views.

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Dario Maestripieri, Ph.D., is a professor of comparative human development, evolutionary biology, and neurobiology at the University of Chicago.


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