A British woman claims that she is so good-looking that all the unwanted attention she got from her male coworkers forced her to quit her job.
Laura Fernee, a 33-year-old science graduate, left her job doing scientific research two years ago and has been living off her wealthy parents ever since.
Fernee said her appearance meant she was constantly harassed and bullied, and that other women at her workplace ostracized her.
“They [other women] assumed because I was pretty, I was stupid, so didn’t take me seriously at first and, because of their own insecurities, were jealous of my looks,” she said. “Then when they realized I was very good at my job, possibly better than them, they hated me even more.”
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She lamented: “I’m not lazy and I’m no bimbo. The truth is my good looks have caused massive problems for me when it comes to employment, so I’ve made the decision that employment just isn’t for me at the moment. It’s not my fault … I can’t help the way I look.”
Fernee claims that her appearance caused many people to overlook her scientific achievements, The Daily Mail reported.
“Male colleagues were only interested in me for how I looked. I wanted them to recognize my achievements and my professionalism but all they saw was my face and body,” she said. “Even when I was in a laboratory in scrubs with no make-up they still came on to me because of my natural attractiveness. There was nothing I could do to stop it.”
Although it sounds like there are probably worse problems to have, Fernee says her situation is nothing to scoff at. “I know people will judge me for choosing not to work but they are underestimating just what a curse good looks can be in the workplace,” she said.
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“Everyone thinks it must be great to be attractive but there are serious downsides. I’m sure other women have experienced the same problems but haven’t spoken out for fear of being labeled big-headed.”