One of professor Tanya Rosenblat‘s claim to fame is her work regarding the relationship between beauty and success. You can read her 2005 paper, “Why Beauty Matters” about the beauty premium here (pdf).
beautiful people are not more competent.
beautiful people are more confident.
confidence leads beautiful people and pretty much everyone else to believe that they are more competent (also smarter, healthier, and less awkward).
perceived competence results in higher financial rewards.
so keep that in mind when you’re applying for internships this summer or jobs or grad schools or whatever.
(the picture says: Cam Maloni ’09 is beautiful and competent. Cam for America’s Next Smartest Model!)