Women who take forever to get ready for work in the morning are often given a hard time for being high-maintenance. Waking up early is hard enough and waking up extra early to apply a whole face of makeup and style your hair is unfathomable to some women (me), but a new study (opens in new tab) shows that those extra minutes some women spend filling in their brows and styling their hair might actually be the reason they're getting paid more at work.
The Washington Post (opens in new tab) reports that the study, by sociologists Jaclyn Wong and Andrew Penner, confirms the long-standing rumor that attractive people get paid more (20 percent more to be specific) in the workplace than "average" people, but it also defines just what "attractive" means and how that differs for men and women. Because, *news flash*, men aren't really judged on their looks as much as women are.
Turns out that when it comes to judging women's appearances, attractiveness has way more to do with grooming habits (makeup, hair, outfits) than natural beauty (I woke up like this). And unfortunately, spending more time in the morning on your cat-eye means you'll earn considerably more money at work.
For men, grooming only made up for half of what was considered attractive.
A direct quote from the Washington Post sums it up best: "According to the researchers, the results suggest that beauty, especially for women, is more of a behavior—'something you do,' rather than 'something you are.'"
One day, I hope to live in a world where people are paid an amount that reflects the work they do, not their, you know, reflection.
And I don't know about y'all, but I still think that getting some extra ZZZs in the morning is more fulfilling than extra $$$ in the end.
Follow Marie Claire on Facebook (opens in new tab) for the latest celeb news, beauty tips, fascinating reads, livestream video, and more.
Brooke Shunatona is a contributing writer for Cosmopolitan.com.
The Rise of Scandinavian Beauty
Hydrated-focused and conscientious, Scandinavian beauty philosophies are more popular—and timely—than ever.
By Deena Campbell
This Luxe Serum Soothed My Rosacea-Prone Skin Instantly
Gucci Westman knows what she's doing.
By Samantha Holender
Princess Kate Gave a Masterclass in Business-Casual Dressing in Latest Royal Appearance
By Iris Goldsztajn
Peloton’s Selena Samuela on Turning Tragedy Into Strength
Before becoming a powerhouse cycling instructor, Selena Samuela was an immigrant trying to adjust to new environments and new versions of herself.
By Emily Tisch Sussman
This Mutual Fund Firm Is Helping to Create a More Sustainable Future
Amy Domini and her firm, Domini Impact Investments LLC, are inspiring a greater and greener world—one investor at a time.
Power Players Build on Success
"The New Normal" left some brands stronger than ever. We asked then what lies ahead.
By Maria Ricapito
Don't Stress! You Can Get in Good Shape Money-wise
Yes, maybe you eat paleo and have mastered crow pose, but do you practice financial wellness?
By Sallie Krawcheck
The Book Club Revolution
Lots of women are voracious readers. Other women are capitalizing on that.
By Lily Herman
The Future of Women and Work
The pandemic has completely upended how we do our jobs. This is Marie Claire's guide to navigating your career in a COVID-19 world.
By Megan DiTrolio
Black-Owned Coworking Spaces Are Providing a Safe Haven for POC
For people of color, many of whom prefer to WFH, inclusive coworking spaces don't just offer a place to work—they cultivate community.
By Megan DiTrolio
Where Did All My Work Friends Go?
The pandemic has forced our work friendships to evolve. Will they ever be the same?
By Rachel Epstein