Too beautiful to work

by HCA24 May 2013

It’s not a problem most of us face, but one British woman wants the world to understand the curse of beauty, which she claims has kept her out of work and supported by her wealthy parents.

Laura Fernee, 33, has a science PhD and worked as a medical researcher earning £30,000 (CAD$51,000) until 2011 when she quit because her colleague's bullied and ostracized her, making work unbearable.

"The truth is my good looks have caused massive problems for me when it comes to employment, so I’ve made the decision that employment just isn’t for me at the moment. It's not my fault...I can’t help the way I look,” Fernee told The Daily Mirror.

Her “natural attractiveness” meant men hit on her non-stop, leaving gifts and asking for dates, while women were jealous, even when she wore scrubs and no make-up, she claimed.

“[Women] assumed because I was pretty, I was stupid, so didn’t take me seriously at first and, because of their own insecurities, were jealous of my looks,” she said. “Then when they realised I was very good at my job, possibly better than them, they hated me even more.”

Fernee said she loved her work but "going in to work became very, very difficult because of the psychological impact on me".

Instead,  Fernee has been supported by her wealthy parents to the tune of £2,000 a month in rent and bills, as well £1,500 a month for clothes, shoes and handbags, £700 on haircuts, and £1,000 a month on socialising.

She said her critics were “underestimating just what a curse good looks can be in the workplace”.

Have you seen this kind of problem in the workplace? What could HR have done to solve the problem?


  • by Tara 24/05/2013 3:38:08 PM

    If Victoria Secret Models can work or most Hollywood actresses can work, then I think Laura can work also despite her self-presumed good looks. Embrace the attention I say and get on with work!

  • by SDM 24/05/2013 3:50:07 PM

    In my experience in working with people, those who claim their problems are a result of everyone & everything else are generally the problem. I suspect her issue is not her good looks... rather her narcissims &/or personality in general.

  • by Sylvia 24/05/2013 3:50:27 PM

    Ah, the curse of being good-looking plus having wealthy parents to maintain you! What a huge problem this must be for poor Laura in a world where people are being constantly killed in horrible crimes or in terrorist attacks, and where millions would give anything to have decent food to eat and clean water to drink.

    I think Laura needs a reality check and develop some sort of gratitude for her good luck. As for HC, can't you find anything better to report on?