History Main / SoBeautifulItsACurse

15th Dec '17 12:53:16 AM NorthRaider
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* Izzie Stevens from ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' admits to being this... while ''owning'' it, reacting to the lack of respect she gets from other doctors because of her modeling work in the past with this rant: "What are these? Oh, my God! Breasts! How does anybody practice medicine hauling these things around? And what have we got back here? Let's see if I remember my anatomy. Glutes, right? Let's study them, shall we? Gather around and check out the booty that put Izzie Stevens through med school! Have you had enough, or should I continue, because I have a few more very interesting tattoos. You want to call me Dr. Model? That's fine. Just remember that while you're still sitting on two hundred grand of student loans... I'm out of debt."

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* Izzie Stevens from ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' admits to being this... while ''owning'' it, reacting to the lack of respect she gets from other doctors because of her modeling work in the past with this rant: "What rant:
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are these? Oh, my God! Breasts! How does anybody practice medicine hauling these things around? And what have we got back here? Let's see if I remember my anatomy. Glutes, right? Let's study them, shall we? Gather around and check out the booty that put Izzie Stevens through med school! Have you had enough, or should I continue, because I have a few more very interesting tattoos. You want to call me Dr. Model? That's fine. Just remember that while you're still sitting on two hundred grand of student loans... I'm out of debt."
22nd Nov '17 4:10:27 PM Dravencour
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RapeAsDrama is the most vivid form of illustrating this "curse". This trope is also CyclicalTrope in that a given audience may or may not take it seriously depending on currents events and the time period.

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RapeAsDrama is the most vivid form of illustrating this "curse". This trope is also a CyclicalTrope in that a given audience may or may not take it seriously depending on currents current events and the time period.



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22nd Nov '17 6:06:23 AM fearlessnikki
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* Parodied in ''Anime/SailorMoon'' with Minako dramatically lamenting that "Surely it is a curse... to be THIS BEAUTIFUL!" as the other girls roll their eyes at the nonsense.
** Usagi herself is pretty enough, especially as Neo Queen Serenity, that both Prince Diamond and Ali became [[{{Yandere}} dangerously]] attracted to her.
** Mamoru gets even more unwanted admirers that Usagi for his good looks.

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* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
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Parodied in ''Anime/SailorMoon'' with when Minako dramatically lamenting that "Surely laments - "surely it is a curse... curse to be THIS BEAUTIFUL!" as this beautiful?" - and the other girls roll their eyes at the nonsense.
** Usagi herself is pretty enough, especially as Neo Queen Serenity, that both Prince Diamond and Ali became [[{{Yandere}} dangerously]] attracted to her.
eyes.
** Mamoru gets even more unwanted admirers that Usagi for his good looks. More than one antagonist has kidnapped him to use as a SexSlave.
** Usagi too has attracted dark admirers from the Negaverse because of her beauty in the future as Neo Queen Serenity.
** The villain of the ''Super S'' season, Queen Nehelenia grew up alone and friendless, feeling that her beauty was all she had. Her villainy was driven by a desire to maintain her youth and beauty forever.



* Parodied in ''Film/AKnightsTale'', Jocelyn is chided by a bishop for giggling with her handmaiden over the antics of "Sir Ulrich". The following exchange ensues:

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* Parodied in ''Film/AKnightsTale'', Jocelyn is chided by a bishop for giggling with her handmaiden over the antics of "Sir Ulrich". The She says the following exchange ensues:in [[DeadpanSnarker perfect monotone]], and the priest is mollified.



::She says this in a [[DeadpanSnarker perfect monotone]]. The priest is mollified.



* ''Film/LegendsOfTheFall'' makes many comments on Susannah's beauty. It sadly causes discord between the Ludlow brothers - as she's to be the wife of Samuel, but both Tristan and Alfred lust after her as well. After Samuel's death, Tristan uses her for sex and then abandons her. The family ends up divided partially because of their attraction to Susannah. Notably before [[spoiler: killing herself]], Susannah cuts some chunks out of her beautiful RapunzelHair - which has been interpreted to be an attack on the beauty that landed her in this situation.

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* ''Film/LegendsOfTheFall'' makes many comments on Susannah's beauty. It sadly causes discord between the Ludlow brothers - as she's to be the wife of Samuel, but both Tristan and Alfred lust after her as well. After Samuel's death, Tristan uses her for sex and then abandons her. The family ends up divided partially because of their attraction to Susannah. Notably before [[spoiler: killing herself]], Susannah cuts some chunks out of her beautiful RapunzelHair - which has been interpreted to be an attack on the beauty that landed her in this situation. A deleted scene from the trailer even has the family patriarch blaming Susannah for the discord between the brothers.



* Addressed in ''Series/EightSimpleRules'' where Kerry sets out to make a documentary showcasing that her sister Bridget has it easy because of her looks. During filming, Bridget gets a broken nose and has to wear a facial mask. She tries to stay at home from school because she's worried that all she has is her beauty and without it, she'll be rejected by everyone else. Her mother pointedly makes her go to school to prove that she has more to owe the world than her looks. [[spoiler: True enough, the other students still love her]]. Elsewhere in the sitcom it's shown that Bridget is very concerned with maintaining an image - not wanting people to know she ''uses the bathroom''.



* Creator/JeanHarlow quickly got a reputation as a "floozy" during her early days, entirely down to her beauty and ShamelessFanserviceGirl nature. She even nearly got rejected by MGM because Louis B Mayer was repulsed by her sexuality. Studios constantly tried to campaign with photos of her doing charity work in order to make her seem like an All-American Girl. Like Marilyn Monroe below, she got typecast as a DumbBlonde.



* Creator/MaureenOHara -- who, while still learning her craft as a girl and teenager in Ireland, had won every major theatrical award that country had to offer -- relates in her autobiography how her exceptional beauty often prevented her from getting serious dramatic roles.

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* Creator/MaureenOHara -- who, while still learning her craft as a girl and teenager in Ireland, had won every major theatrical award that country had to offer -- relates in her autobiography how her exceptional beauty often prevented her from getting serious dramatic roles. She was often cast as {{Action Girl}}s in films that mainly showcased her beauty, as opposed to her dramatic talents.



* One reviewer said of Creator/DianeKruger, "she's too pretty to play a role of any real substance."

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* One reviewer said of Creator/DianeKruger, "she's too pretty to play a role of any real substance."" Most of her roles have been based around her beauty - ''{{Film/Troy}}'' her StarMakingRole was in fact her playing the WorldsMostBeautifulWoman.



* Lesbians who don't look [[ButchLesbian butch]] often find themselves being hit on by very persistent men. There are a lot of reasons for it, but one of the more commonly cited is "[[IRejectYourReality But you're]] ''[[CriticalResearchFailure too pretty]]'' [[IRejectYourReality to be gay]]."
** Some {{Lipstick Lesbian}}s have reported a related problem - they find it hard to attract women because other lesbians assume they're straight girls who are "experimenting", stringing them along for fun or trying to titillate a boy. The gender inverse has been known to happen to gay men who don't act like a CampGay stereotype. It even happens to ''straight'' men who are [[PrettyBoy too beautiful in a "feminine" way]], and are thus immediately assumed to be gay.

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* Lesbians who don't look [[ButchLesbian butch]] often find themselves being hit on by very persistent men. There are a lot of reasons for it, but one of the more commonly cited is "[[IRejectYourReality But you're]] ''[[CriticalResearchFailure too pretty]]'' [[IRejectYourReality to be gay]]."
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" Some {{Lipstick Lesbian}}s have reported a related problem - they find it hard to attract women because other lesbians assume they're straight girls who are "experimenting", stringing them along for fun or trying to titillate a boy. The gender inverse has been known to happen to gay men who don't act like a CampGay stereotype. It even happens to ''straight'' men who are [[PrettyBoy too beautiful in a "feminine" way]], and are thus immediately assumed to be gay.



* In traditional Chinese culture, girls who were exceptionally beautiful were said to have been given a gift by the gods, and in order to repay that gift they were obligated to serve as prostitutes. Whether taken literally or used as a justification to force girls into prostitution, being beautiful could certainly suck.
** There's even a Chinese idiom that describes this trope, "hóng yán bó mìng" (红颜薄命) which means "beautiful women suffer unhappy fates".

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* In traditional Chinese culture, girls who were exceptionally beautiful were said to have been given a gift by the gods, and in order to repay that gift they were obligated to serve as prostitutes. Whether taken literally or used as a justification to force girls into prostitution, being beautiful could certainly suck.
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suck. There's even a Chinese idiom that describes this trope, "hóng yán bó mìng" (红颜薄命) which means "beautiful women suffer unhappy fates".


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* Harry Styles attracted a lot of angry responses when he was cast in ''{{Film/Dunkirk}}'' - most of which stemmed from the fact that he was a PrettyBoy who had lots of teenage girls as his fans. The notion that he had perhaps given a good audition and won the part on those merits appeared to be lost on most, despite endorsement from the director Creator/ChristopherNolan (who has never had a reputation of StuntCasting mind you). When the movie came out, it sparked HeReallyCanAct moments.
21st Nov '17 10:27:27 AM AuraGuardian
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** From ''Pathfinder'' also comes the [[WitchSpecies Changelings]], the daughters of hags who are described as always being beautiful, but in such a fashion that the effect is eerily... ''[[UncannyValley off]]'' and so people find them unnerving more than they do attractive. This translates mechanically as them having a Charisma penalty despite being described as beautiful, because their beauty disturbs rather than allures.

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** From ''Pathfinder'' also comes the [[WitchSpecies Changelings]], the daughters of hags who are described as always being beautiful, but in such a fashion that the effect is eerily... ''[[UncannyValley off]]'' and so people find them unnerving more than they do attractive. This translates mechanically as them having a Charisma penalty despite being described as beautiful, because their beauty disturbs rather than allures.
11th Nov '17 5:26:21 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gao_Changgong Gao Changgong]], Prince of Lanling. He was a competent military officer who happened to also have a [[PrettyBoy pretty]], [[{{Bishounen}} effeminate face]]. After a "battle" where the entire enemy side did ''nothing'' but laugh and crack jokes about him being a girl, as well as fearing that his own army couldn't take him seriously anymore, the prince wore a mask when on the battlefield so as to look more fearsome. By all accounts, it worked and enemies were terrified by the mask's inhuman appearance.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gao_Changgong Gao Changgong]], Prince of Lanling. He was a competent military officer who happened to also have a [[PrettyBoy pretty]], [[{{Bishounen}} effeminate face]]. After a "battle" where the entire enemy side did ''nothing'' but laugh and crack jokes about him being a girl, as well as fearing that his own army couldn't take him seriously anymore, doing needlework [[note]] A stereotypically female activity in Chinese culture [[/note]] and not fighting girls, morale started to break down in Gao's army. To end this, the prince wore a mask when on the battlefield so as to look more fearsome. By all accounts, it worked and enemies were terrified by the mask's inhuman appearance.appearance (the bulging eyes probably helped).
10th Nov '17 9:36:45 AM DrOO7
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* A teenage girl in Argentina was assaulted by two jealous classmates who stabbed and slashed her, outright telling her that they hated her for being pretty and that "when we're done with you, you won't be pretty anymore." Indeed, though she survived the attack, she is to be permanently disfigured. Deals like this are, sadly, incredibly common among teenage girls: school girls who either are cuter/more popular than the standard or [[HugeSchoolgirl develop breasts or height faster than others]] tend to be bullied, isolated, insulted, falsely accused of being slutty, etc. by their envious classmates. The above mentioned ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' example is TruthInTelevision.

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* A teenage girl in Argentina was assaulted by two jealous classmates who stabbed and slashed her, outright telling her that they hated her for being pretty and that "when we're done with you, you won't be pretty anymore." Indeed, though she survived the attack, she is likely to be permanently disfigured. Deals like this are, sadly, incredibly common among teenage girls: school girls who either are cuter/more popular than the standard or [[HugeSchoolgirl develop breasts or height faster than others]] tend to be bullied, isolated, insulted, falsely accused of being slutty, etc. by their envious classmates. The above mentioned ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' example is TruthInTelevision.


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** Similarly, in February 2011, journalist Lara Logan endured what was described as "a brutal and sustained sexual assault" while covering the Egyptian Revolution. There was a shocking lack of sympathy from people who suggested "she shouldn't have been out there dressed like that" (a perfectly respectable pants and shirt), or that with her good looks, she shouldn't have been outside at ''all''.
8th Nov '17 9:22:41 AM Poonaroon
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* Zorayas from Creator/TanithLee's book ''Night's Master'', part of the ''Literature/TalesFromTheFlatEarth'' series, is transformed by the demonic Azhrarn into the most beautiful woman in the world. Anyone who sees her becomes hopelessly obsessed and many die by performing risky deeds to get her attention or [[SpurnedIntoSuicide by suicide when she spurns them]]. One man gives her his fortune in diamonds but wastes away and kills himself when she does not return his affections. The man's brother makes himself temporarily blind [[NoEyeInMagic to prevent himself from seeing her]] and gives her a magic mirror. She [[DistractedByMyOwnSexy falls in love with her own reflection]] and tries to embrace it, which causes the mirror to explode and kill her.

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* Zorayas from Creator/TanithLee's book ''Night's Master'', part of the ''Literature/TalesFromTheFlatEarth'' series, is transformed by the demonic Azhrarn into [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman the most beautiful woman in the world.world]]. Anyone who sees her becomes hopelessly obsessed and many die by performing risky deeds to get her attention or [[SpurnedIntoSuicide by suicide when she spurns them]]. One man gives her his fortune in diamonds but wastes away and kills himself when she does not return his affections. The man's brother makes himself temporarily blind [[NoEyeInMagic to prevent himself from seeing her]] and gives her a magic mirror. She [[DistractedByMyOwnSexy falls in love with her own reflection]] and tries to embrace it, which causes the mirror to explode and kill her.
8th Nov '17 9:18:50 AM Poonaroon
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* Zorayas from Creator/TanithLee's book ''Night's Master'', part of the ''Literature/TalesFromTheFlatEarth'' series, is transformed by the demonic Azhrarn into the most beautiful woman in the world. Anyone who sees her becomes hopelessly obsessed and many die by performing risky deeds to get her attention or [[SpurnedIntoSuicide by suicide when she spurns them]]. One man gives her his fortune in diamonds but wastes away and kills himself when she does not return his affections. The man's brother makes himself temporarily blind [[NoEyeInMagic to prevent himself from seeing her]] and gives her a magic mirror. She [[DistractedByMyOwnSexy falls in love with her own reflection]] and tries to embrace it, which causes the mirror to explode and kill her.
7th Nov '17 2:49:28 PM fearlessnikki
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* ''Film/LegendsOfTheFall'' makes many comments on Susannah's beauty. It sadly causes discord between the Ludlow brothers - as she's to be the wife of Samuel, but both Tristan and Alfred lust after her as well. After Samuel's death, Tristan uses her for sex and then abandons her. The family ends up divided partially because of their attraction to Susannah. Notably before [[spoiler: killing herself]], Susannah cuts some chunks out of her beautiful RapunzelHair - which has been interpreted to be an attack on the beauty that landed her in this situation.
* ''Film/SuckerPunch'''s heroine Baby Doll has beauty that makes her look like TheIngenue, and that means Blue wants to rape her. Likewise some of the other girls in the asylum are quite pretty but it's implied they too are sexually abused by Blue and his orderlies.


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* ''Literature/TheGoodEarth'' - about Chinese farmers - draws a distinction that a beautiful wife is not desirable. The reason is that she was unlikely to be allowed to grow to maturity as a virgin. O-Lan was a slave but was only beaten, as she was too plain for the masters to be attracted to her. She alludes that the prettier slave girls were "carried to a man's bed".
3rd Nov '17 6:08:36 PM LinTaylor
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* ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'' has a rather big example late in the series: [[spoiler:It turns out that the "Charismatic Female Pervert II" who created the BadFuture dominated by perverts is none other than the series' female lead, Youko Shiragami -- and none of it is on purpose. Her natural vampiric powers went out of control shortly after her 18th birthday, which included a CharmPerson effect that attracted perverts to her and made her their queen, with them causing all the chaos while she just hid away in a remote castle and was blamed for everything. All she really wanted was to be with the man she loved, which doesn't happen until about 50 years later, thanks to the intervention of their granddaughter Rin.]]
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