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LETTER: Look beyond the pretty cover

As a young woman, I connected to the message in Parnell Thill's article, "Notes from the Small Pond: When You're a Beautiful Woman (Pine Journal, April 19)." I see this misconception in today's society: As long as you're beautiful, everything else is less significant.

Today, and in history's past, beauty has always provided advantages to the beautiful. We praise and obsess over movie stars and models and the "popular" people with beautiful hair and handsome bodies. They have these qualities; therefore, they have the advantages. When will we as a society stop praising shallow people's invincible power and poised figures? It isn't always what they do that is beautiful, but the looks they've been blessed with that allow them advantages they may not deserve. When will we praise people — in spite of their looks — for their personalities, talents, grit?

I believe people show bias toward attractive people without realizing it, almost as if it is wired into our system. Studies have proven time after time that physically attractive people are more likely to get the job or be trusted or be listened to or be elected.

We constantly try to look our best. Dying the gray hair, putting anti-wrinkle creams on our skin, spreading mascara on our eyelashes or going to the doctor to change our natural shape — we must look better than our best. For women, beauty seems to have more importance to people than what we hold on the inside, as cliche as that sounds.

Girls have admitted to me they feel threatened by me or that I come off with an unapproachable first impression because of my looks. Another cliche line. I wish people didn't judge books by their covers. There's more to me than what's on the outside.

Rosalie Richardson

Cloquet