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Whitney Cummings Says It’s OK To Be Pretty In Comedy

“When I first started doing stand-up, I would wear hoodies and no makeup and I would wear my hair back and sneakers. I used to self-deprecate a lot: I just got cheated on, I just got broken up with, I hate myself—to make women go, ‘Okay, she’s just like us, she has problems too.’ But whereas I used to think that looking pretty or sexy would alienate women, now it’s the opposite. Now I feel like when I embrace my femininity, it makes women relate to me more, because they go, ‘Oh, she’s just like me, she puts on makeup, she tries to look cute, she wears Spanx and she wears heels.’ And I think that being known helps, you can get away with more.”

Whitney Cummings on the difficulties she has faced as a woman in stand-up. Hmm. Either a female comic is purposefully not pretty so men don’t find her threatening or she is so pretty that New York Times reporters ask about sleeping her way to the top. What a choice! [The Daily Beast]

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