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Plum Sykes On The Hazards Of Being Pretty

“A lot of people try to diminish anyone who’s pretty by saying, ‘Oh, they’re probably stupid.’ Which is terribly unfair; when someone’s ugly, you don’t say, ‘Oh, they’re probably clever.’ But I always wondered to myself whether those dismissive things are invented by men or invented by women. I think a lot of the time it’s invented by men who are threatened by very good-looking, very successful, intelligent women. They don’t know how to compete with them, so they just say, ‘Oh, it’s because they’re pretty or they slept with the boss.’”

— Plum Sykes, a Vogue writer/author of Bergdorf Blondes and The Debutante Divorcée/former model for Alexander McQueen, on the “either/or” assumption in our society that a woman has to be pretty or intelligent. Sykes knows a thing or two about being pretty and intelligent: her new book, Oxford Girl, is an autobiography about (duh) her first year at Oxford. [NYMag] Keep reading »

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