Packing on a few extra pounds could mean less money in the bank, if you’re a woman.
Beyonce might say that pretty hurts, but at least pretty people have more money to wipe away the tears. That’s because being physically attractive doesn’t just give you more options in the dating game, it can also affect your career.
No matter how educated and capable someone is, multiple studies have found that more attractive workers get better beaks. There’s even a word to explain how beauty affects economics: pulchronomic.
The term was coined by Daniel Hamermesh, who wrote Beauty Pays in 2011. The book contained data from a study showing that employees with above-average looks earned three to four percent more than their less attractive co-workers. Over the course of someone’s life, that adds up to about $230,000 in lost wages just based on overall attractiveness. The effects can be mitigated with good grooming and a great personality.
When it comes to how weight plays into the wage gap, there’s not much that can immediately be done to trick people into thinking you’re skinnier.
A video by Vox.com highlighted findings from a 2009 study, which showed that women’s earnings could be related directly to how much they weigh. The information came from a 2009 study that found women with a BMI of 35 earn $2.62 less per hour than women with a BMI of 23. That’s far below the numerical limit for obesity.
It’s important to note that this wage gap cuts both ways. Ladies with a slightly lower BMI than 23 also earned a few less cents per hour. Still women on the heavier side of the spectrum are penalized more harshly for their weight.
While a woman at 21 BMI might earn about $0.30 cents less an hour, a woman at 25 BMI is down $0.95 in her hourly wages.
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"