Pageant Queen Says Being Good-Looking Can Have Downsides

A pageant queen says that although it may look like life is easier when you’re good-looking, it can have its downsides… 

Maria Thattil, who is Miss Universe Australia 2020, is grateful for her stunning appearance, as it’s helped her in many ways. However, she also believes being beautiful can be a curse.

The 27-year-old recently revealed that her looks have led to difficulties in her career and criticism from strangers, which is extremely ‘disheartening’ for her to deal with.

The influencer wants beauty ideals to be challenged. Credit: Instagram/@mariathattil

She told “I remember starting my career in recruitment while I was finishing my masters in HR and very often I was told things based on how I looked.

“I was told even in my internship, very early just starting my career, you need to be extra nice to people because you’re pretty, therefore they’re going to assume you’re stuck up.

“It was from a female senior actually and it was very disheartening.”

Credit: Instagram/@mariathattil

While male colleagues have made crude comments about her appearance, she’s felt there have also been occasions where she only got the job because of her looks.

Determined for people to change their perception on her, the influencer has created an Instagram channel called Mind With Me, which discusses beauty ideals.

The beauty queen is hoping that the page will open up conversations and allow other women to gain support when battling with self-esteem issues.

Credit: Instagram/@mariathattil

She explained: “I think it’s really important to acknowledge that society has very changing standards of beauty and right now a lot of the things that come natural to me – whether it’s my skin tone or the fact that my lips are bigger – that at the moment is being glorified as a trend and now the media and society has determined that is attractive.

“And having that means I need to use that responsibility to speak on the things that matter, but I’ve also experienced prejudice, and I’ve also been bothered and I’ve also been someone who is excluded because I didn’t always meet the threshold for what it is to be successful, beautiful, worth or valuable.”

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@mariathattil

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.