The Sun Newspaper’s Fabulous Magazine ran a feature on women who found being good looking actually posed problems in life and asked if I’d contribute since I do modelling.
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The full article which features two other women can be found here.
“MODEL and fitness coach Pollyanna Hale lives with her husband and their two daughters, aged ten and six, in Bosham, West Sussex.
Pollyanna, who believes people assume her looks are the only thing she has going for her, says: “People still think that you can’t have brains and beauty – it’s just assumed that I’m thick. Before I even speak, strangers write me off. They think your looks are your strong point so you have no need to capitalise on anything else like brains or talent.
“I’ve been told the reason for my success is my looks, when actually I reckon it’s skill and hard work. Another thing that annoys me is when people imply I’m so good with clients because I’m attractive.
“I’m a really friendly person – I’ll talk to anyone anywhere – but then people go, ‘Oh, well of course – every guy wants to talk to a pretty girl’. I think, ‘Hang on a second, that’s not fair – I can hold a conversation too’.
“It’s like people are blinded by me being pretty, they just can’t see past it. It seems incredible to them that I might have other qualities.
“I once worked in a health spa where part of the job was to look presentable – and men would always just assume I was a pretty face without a brain in my head.
“If you’re beautiful, you’ll spend half your life trying to prove you’re more than just your face and body.
“A lot of people think that I’ve got life easy. And when I give people exercise or nutrition advice they just say, ‘Oh well, it’s alright for you to say that – look at you’.
“But actually I work damn hard to look like this. It’s really tiring trying to convince people that I don’t just wake up like this every day.
“I suppose if I was a bit more, shall we say, “normal” and carrying a bit of extra weight, people would relate to me more and think, ‘OK, she knows what it’s like not to be perfect all the time’.
“But because I come out well in photos, I have to make the point that I’m a highly trained expert on nutrition and fitness – not just some bimbo who fell into the job because she looks great naturally every minute of the day.
“It’s tough working for myself, but I think I would have struggled more in a corporate environment. I’m very confident in my abilities but I’m also aware of what other people will assume about me when I walk into a room.
“It’s frustrating that I always have to try that little bit harder to be taken seriously.”