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16th Feb '18 12:13:23 AM nombretomado
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{{Amazonian|Beauty}} types may feel the same way, because they often think guys [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon aren't into them.]] As are {{pettanko}}s, who may [[ACupAngst feel inferior]] to other girls' [[BuxomIsBetter endowments.]] While for others, it may have to do with being [[HollywoodPudgy over their 'ideal weight'.]]

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{{Amazonian|Beauty}} types may feel the same way, because they often think guys [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon aren't into them.]] As are {{pettanko}}s, UsefulNotes/{{pettanko}}s, who may [[ACupAngst feel inferior]] to other girls' [[BuxomIsBetter endowments.]] While for others, it may have to do with being [[HollywoodPudgy over their 'ideal weight'.]]
10th Jan '18 2:18:15 AM Cryoclaste
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* The HungerGames fanfiction ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning'' has heroine [[ShrinkingViolet Vale Whitaker]] being surprised at the sight of her reflection after her makeover because she "had never felt even remotely pretty in her entire life.... She didn't have crowds of friends, and boys didn't even seem to realize that she was alive. So surely she couldn't have been even the slightest bit pretty. Surely someone (besides her parents, who were required to think so) would have told her by now if she was." It seems that not everyone agrees with her assessment, however--or at least, [[spoiler: Obsidian]] doesn't.

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* The HungerGames ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Hunger Games]]'' fanfiction ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning'' has heroine [[ShrinkingViolet Vale Whitaker]] being surprised at the sight of her reflection after her makeover because she "had never felt even remotely pretty in her entire life.... She didn't have crowds of friends, and boys didn't even seem to realize that she was alive. So surely she couldn't have been even the slightest bit pretty. Surely someone (besides her parents, who were required to think so) would have told her by now if she was." It seems that not everyone agrees with her assessment, however--or at least, [[spoiler: Obsidian]] doesn't.
2nd Jan '18 7:25:30 PM ladyofthelibrary
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** Not helping is that the standards of beauty are constantly changing such as sex icon Marilyn Monroe technically being considered fat if measured by present standards rather than the ones of her heyday. So a girl might go from "oh god; you're gorgeous!" to "ugh; totally hideous!" quicker than she herself can make up her mind.
* A sad TruthInTelevision. A research project that had adults observing kids at various schools discovered that in just about every case they witnessed, children being told "You're ugly!" or similar were most certainly not but due to the bullying, eventually believed that they were.
31st Dec '17 10:16:01 AM TheLuckyCat
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* Lee Fiora in Prep; "There were other things a guy could think I was, and he wouldn't be entirely wrong -- nice, or loyal, or maybe interesting. Not that I was always any of those thing, but in certain situations, it was conceivable. But to be seen as pretty was to be fundamentally misunderstood. First of all, I wasn't pretty, and on top of that I didn't take care of myself like a pretty girl did; I wasn't even one of the unpretty girls who passes as pretty through effort and association. If a guy believed my value to lie in my looks, it meant either that he'd somehow been mislead and would eventually be disappointed, or that he had very low standards. Though, Lee is a ShrinkingViolet and the depiction of her on the cover is very pretty.

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* Lee Fiora in Prep; ''Literature/{{Prep}}''; "There were other things a guy could think I was, and he wouldn't be entirely wrong -- nice, or loyal, or maybe interesting. Not that I was always any of those thing, but in certain situations, it was conceivable. But to be seen as pretty was to be fundamentally misunderstood. First of all, I wasn't pretty, and on top of that I didn't take care of myself like a pretty girl did; I wasn't even one of the unpretty girls who passes as pretty through effort and association. If a guy believed my value to lie in my looks, it meant either that he'd somehow been mislead and would eventually be disappointed, or that he had very low standards. Though, Lee is a ShrinkingViolet and the depiction of her on the cover is very pretty.
9th Dec '17 12:33:08 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/AmyAdams has described herself as having a "plain" face. Let the record show that a [[Film/{{Enchanted}} live-action]] DisneyPrincess believes this about herself. She jokes that fans are very "disenchanted" when they see her out of costume and make-up, claiming she has to pretend [[LiesToChildren that she's in disguise]].

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* Creator/AmyAdams has described herself as having a "plain" face. Let the record show that a [[Film/{{Enchanted}} live-action]] DisneyPrincess Franchise/DisneyPrincess believes this about herself. She jokes that fans are very "disenchanted" when they see her out of costume and make-up, claiming she has to pretend [[LiesToChildren that she's in disguise]].
5th Nov '17 1:06:43 AM ReikoKazama
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* The woman in [[https://notalwaysright.com/should-stop-giving-herself-a-good-dressing-down/34350 this]] ''WebSite/NotAlwaysRight'' story is worried about the lingering baby fat of a recent pregnancy, and tries to pick the most shapeless, boring black dresses she can find to hide her figure at an upcoming party, over the objections of both her husband and the sales clerk.

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* The woman in [[https://notalwaysright.com/should-stop-giving-herself-a-good-dressing-down/34350 com/should-stop-giving-herself-a-good-dressing-down/78605 this]] ''WebSite/NotAlwaysRight'' story is worried about the lingering baby fat of a recent pregnancy, and tries to pick the most shapeless, boring black dresses she can find to hide her figure at an upcoming party, over the objections of both her husband and the sales clerk.
4th Nov '17 4:51:28 PM freyalorelei
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* Subverted in ''Film/ShallowHal,'' when Hal (Jack Black) doesn't understand why Rosemary is always deprecating her own looks, despite looking like Gwyneth Paltrow. He assumes she's doing this, then comes to believe that she has poor self-esteem because of her upbringing. In fact, he's been hypnotized into seeing her as thin, and she really weighs 300 lbs.

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* Subverted in ''Film/ShallowHal,'' when Hal (Jack Black) doesn't understand why Rosemary is always deprecating her own looks, despite looking like Gwyneth Paltrow.Creator/GwynethPaltrow. He assumes she's doing this, then comes to believe that she has poor self-esteem because of her upbringing. In fact, he's been hypnotized into seeing her as thin, and she really weighs 300 lbs.



* The whole first act of ''FunnyFace'' involves almost every character expressing disbelief at the idea of Jo (Creator/AudreyHepburn) being attractive enough to be a model, including Jo herself. Her face is 'funny,' you see.

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* The whole first act of ''FunnyFace'' ''Film/FunnyFace'' involves almost every character expressing disbelief at the idea of Jo (Creator/AudreyHepburn) being attractive enough to be a model, including Jo herself. Her face is 'funny,' "funny," you see.



* Sara Crewe in ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'' thinks she must not be pretty because she doesn't mesh with the beauty standards of late-nineteenth-century England, being small, skinny, black-haired, tanned, and green-eyed, comparing herself to another child who is fair-skinned and golden haired. There is some ValuesDissonance at play here -- since Sara doesn't match the Victorian standards of beauty. The narration however states that she is definitely prettier than she thinks.

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* Sara Crewe in ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'' thinks she must not be pretty because she doesn't mesh with the beauty standards of late-nineteenth-century England, being small, skinny, black-haired, tanned, and green-eyed, comparing herself to another child who is fair-skinned and golden haired. There is some ValuesDissonance at play here -- since Sara doesn't match the Victorian standards of beauty. The narration however narration, however, states that she is definitely prettier than she thinks.



* In Carolyn Mackler's "Literature/TheEarthMyButtAndOtherBigRoundThings" the [[BigBeautifulWoman protagonist, Virginia]],compares herself unfavorably to her thin and dark-haired family and is often shocked/in disbelief whenever someone points out she's an attractive girl.

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* In Carolyn Mackler's "Literature/TheEarthMyButtAndOtherBigRoundThings" the [[BigBeautifulWoman protagonist, Virginia]],compares Virginia]], compares herself unfavorably to her thin and dark-haired family and is often shocked/in disbelief whenever someone points out she's an attractive girl.



* The title character of Anya Seton's ''Literature/{{Katherine}}'' gives up all hope of being a beauty because her hair is reddish instead of blond and her eyes are gray not blue. Of course everybody else in 14th c. England thinks she's hotter than a blacksmith's forge.

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* The title character of Anya Seton's ''Literature/{{Katherine}}'' gives up all hope of being a beauty because her hair is reddish instead of blond blonde and her eyes are gray not blue. Of course everybody else in 14th c. England thinks she's hotter than a blacksmith's forge.



** [[Creator/SummerGlau Bennet Halverson]] concerned that Topher had just tried to taze her with a device that only works on Dolls. She has a hard time believing this because Dolls are beautif... oh.

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** [[Creator/SummerGlau Bennet Halverson]] concerned that Topher had just tried to taze her with a device that only works on Dolls. She has a hard time believing this because Dolls are beautif... oh.



** Subverted in a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' skit when Pamala Anderson cohosted. The scene played out as above until the young girl (played by Ms Anderson) looked at herself in the mirror. She jumped up and exclaimed in delight, "Hey, I'm Hot. I'm the hottest Chick on this planet" and ran from the room.
* When Bridget of ''Series/EightSimpleRules'' was playing Anne Frank in a school play, one of her lines was "I know I'm not very pretty". She bursts out laughing when she says this in rehearsals, since she knows she is indeed stunning.

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** Subverted in a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' skit when Pamala Anderson Creator/PamelaAnderson cohosted. The scene played out as above until the young girl (played by Ms Ms. Anderson) looked at herself in the mirror. She jumped up and exclaimed in delight, "Hey, I'm Hot. hot. I'm the hottest Chick chick on this planet" planet," and ran from the room.
* When Bridget of ''Series/EightSimpleRules'' was playing Anne Frank in a school play, one of her lines was "I know I'm not very pretty". pretty." She bursts out laughing when she says this in rehearsals, since she knows she is indeed stunning.



* Subverted in this article, proving that when you do say [[ProudBeauty "I Am Pretty"]], you're [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/lorynbrantz/can-i-live#.skKgg735p basically shocking and pissing off everyone around you,and they would prefer that you name drop the trope instead]].

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* Subverted in this article, proving that when you do say [[ProudBeauty "I Am Pretty"]], you're [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/lorynbrantz/can-i-live#.skKgg735p basically shocking and pissing off everyone around you,and you, and they would prefer that you name drop the trope instead]].



* [[http://www.examiner.com/article/pregnant-jessica-alba-shows-off-burgeoning-baby-bump-at-spy-kids-film-premiere Jessica Alba]]: "My breasts are saggy, Ive got cellulite, my hips are bigger ," Alba said. "Every actress out there is more beautiful than me".
* Creator/NoelFielding says he "looks like a troll with a woman's wig on backwards". He won a magazine's Sexiest Man award TWICE.

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* [[http://www.examiner.com/article/pregnant-jessica-alba-shows-off-burgeoning-baby-bump-at-spy-kids-film-premiere Jessica Alba]]: "My breasts are saggy, Ive got cellulite, my hips are bigger ," bigger," Alba said. "Every actress out there is more beautiful than me".
me."
* Creator/NoelFielding says he "looks like a troll with a woman's wig on backwards". backwards." He won a magazine's Sexiest Man award TWICE.



* Women, including those who are not actresses or models, tend to be hypercritical of their looks. Also to admire types of beauty exactly opposite their own type; curvy little blonds with blue eyes want to be tall, slender, raven-haired beauties. Raven-haired beauties wish they were cute freckled redheads, curly-haired women want straight hair, straight-haired women want curls, etc.

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* Women, including those who are not actresses or models, tend to be hypercritical of their looks. Also to admire types of beauty exactly opposite their own type; type: curvy little blonds blondes with blue eyes want to be tall, slender, raven-haired beauties. Raven-haired beauties; raven-haired beauties wish they were cute freckled redheads, redheads; curly-haired women want straight hair, hair; straight-haired women want curls, etc.
12th Sep '17 4:28:13 PM MiinU
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* ''LightNovel/SoICantPlayH'': Mina's shy and believes she's plain, especially compared to other girls like [[FieryRedhead Lisara.]] So when Quele tries entering Mina in a swimsuit contest to bolster her confidence, she withdraws because she believed [[OvershadowedByAwesome she didn't stand a chance.]]

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* ''LightNovel/SoICantPlayH'': Mina's shy and believes she's plain, especially compared to other girls like [[FieryRedhead Lisara.]] So when Quele tries entering Mina in a swimsuit contest to bolster her confidence, she Mina withdraws because she believed [[OvershadowedByAwesome she didn't stand a chance.]]
8th Sep '17 5:46:28 PM MiinU
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* In ''Franchise/LoveLive'', Rin's spotlight episode (season 2, episode 5) has her overcoming this.

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* %%* In ''Franchise/LoveLive'', Rin's spotlight episode (season 2, episode 5) has her overcoming this.
7th Sep '17 3:07:36 AM Nitramy
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* In ''Franchise/LoveLive'', Rin's spotlight episode (season 2, episode 5) has her overcoming this.
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