You can teach 'em to type, but you can't teach 'em to grow tits.A character is hired for a job solely because of their good looks. Whether or not (usually not) they have the skillset or experience for the job is a non-issue for their employer who just wants some Eye Candy around the workplace. Often times their good looks are a form of job security as in cases where they are glaringly incompetent their employer will often ignore or bear with it for the sake of keeping them around. Compare to Bunny-Ears Lawyer, Casting Couch, and Nepotism. See also Hollywood Beauty Standards for a related casting trope.
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- Paine in Crimson And Clover. She has no training as a model but is just perfect for the dress Yuna lacks a model for. Then, she's also said to be very beautiful and is approached by other modeling agencies.
- In The Obsidiandawn, Leonardo suspects this is the reason Rudolphus keeps Clarisse around.
- In My Mirror, Sword and Shield, Lelouch hired Suzaku as eye candy and out of desire to have sex with him despite his race, lack of records and him not being part of the military. The fact that Suzaku was genuinely skilled as a Knightmare pilot and as a bodyguard was a bonus.
Film - Live Action
- In The 40-Year-Old Virgin, after Cal gets promoted to stockroom supervisor at the electronics store, he hires a skinny pretty girl who knows nothing about electronics and can "barely lift an ipod" instead of someone who would be more capable to help Dave find a new girl.
- In one of the rare humouristic sequences of Schindler's List, Oskar Schindler is looking for a secretary for his new business, but appears clear that he's looking specifically for a Sexy Secretary and ends up surrendered by a bunch of very attractive girls. Since he can't decide which of them keep, he hires them all.
- In a far less humouristic fashion, when Goeth is looking for an housemaid (read: house slave) among the Jewish inmates, he picks the prettiest of the bunch despite she declared of not having experience with housekeeping.
- The title Representative from Charlie Wilson's War purposefully surrounded himself with Sexy Secretaries, and hired them based on looks.
'You can teach 'em to type, but you can't teach 'em to grow tits.'
- In American Reunion, Stifler tells group of pretty women "Ladies, you'd better be working hard - you weren't hired for your looks. Actually you were." He then points to another woman and says "Not you."
- In the original The Producers Swedish secretary Ulla can't do anything secretarial and is hired simply because she's hot.
- Courtney in Retail, the exceedingly rude, lazy, and incompetent employee, was hired solely for her looks by the manager before Stuart basically because she was a hot blonde. She tends to take lots of "sick days", sometimes showing up at the mall to shop on said days looking perfectly healthy. Stuart refuses to fire her, because unlike a competent, hardworking employee, Courtney takes up quite a low amount of the payroll matrix. Of course, Courtney's ride couldn't last forever; after Marla gets Stuart's job, she (eventually) fires her.
- In a My Cage Crossover storyline, Max hires Cassandra Cat from Slylock Fox for this reason.
- An Evil Lawyer Joke has a law firm looking for a new secretary. The applicants are told to put their hands behind their heads and walk into a wall. If their breasts touch the wall before their elbows do, they're hired.
- Another Evil Lawyer Joke: A law firm is told they need to hire more women and make one partner. So, they hire three women and devise a test to decide who makes partner. On their next paychecks, all of the women get overpaid by $5,000. The first takes the money and says nothing. The second returns the money immediately. The third takes the money, but comes back later with a check for $7,500, claiming she got a good stock tip and wanted to split the difference with the firm. So who made partner? The one with the biggest tits.
- A secretary goes to her boss and says "Sir, I don't think my salary really reflects my ability!" The boss sighs and says "Don't I know it, but we can't just let you starve to death."
- Inverted (or perhaps played straight in a different way) in the Mercedes Lackey Oathbound, where a knight desires a pair of guards for his wife—and instead of hiring two handsome men, hires Tarma and Kethry instead. His wife is disappointed.
- In Artemis Fowl, Holly maintains that Lily Frond was only able to get a job with the LEP for being a good-looking bimbo with Blue Blood.
- In A Song of Ice and Fire, Cersei Lannister hires Aurane Waters as Grand Admiral Master of Ships, because he looks like Rhaegar Targaryen. When Cersei is imprisoned for adultery by the High Sparrow, Aurane abandons Cersei, and sets himself as a new pirate lord with the ships he was given.
- Several times in the X-Wing Series, Wedge Antilles implies that the powers that be keep trying to staff his squadrons (which are generally Famed In-Story) with pilots hired for their looks, albeit aiming for Good-Looking Privates that will look good on recruiting posters rather than a Sexy Secretary. Naturally, his response is scathing.
- In Spin City, Caitlin hired a guy who probably moonlit as a Chippendale's dancer (almost immediately after she chewed out Charlie for the same thing).
- In Family Ties, Alex P. Keaton hired Karen as a housekeeper, despite her being a klutz and having no experience.
- On Just Shoot Me!, Maya does an experiment for an article in which she sends two people to interview for the same job, one extremely qualified but homely-looking, the other a handsome but dim-witted model. The model gets the job, as Maya predicted, but she also ends up falling in love with him.
- Rachel ends up hiring an inexperienced young man (Tag) as her assistant solely because he was cute.
- Rachel herself counts as it seems that Gunther hired her only because he had a crush on her and she could have the job as long as she cared even though she was not a competent waitress.
- In The Office, it appears that the new executive assistant, Jordan Garfield, will be this. This is certainly what some people (Pam and Dwight, for instance) think in-universe. It remains to be seen if that will prove to be the case.
- In the Married... with Children episode "Rain Girl" (s4e21), Kelly Bundy becomes a TV station's "weather bunny" at a higher salary than the station's professional meteorologist, to his outrage.
- An episode of Simon & Simon has them hiring a secretary. They look at the first one, a grandmotherly looking woman with an impressive resume, but go with a beautiful blonde who doesn't even have enough sense to answer a ringing phone.
- JT from Step by Step hires a beautiful model as a housekeeper despite the fact that she's terrible at it. She eventually quits when she realizes this fact.
- In Restaurant Stakeout, Willie suspected that the general manager of a restaurant partook in this trope. He had two undercover women attempt job interviews for waitressing with this manager, and confirmed Willie's suspicions when he hired the young, inexperienced teenage girl over the older, but vastly more qualified woman. He even went so far as attempting to flirt with her.
- House hired Cameron because, in his own words, "You look good. It's like having a nice piece of art in the lobby." Cameron is well qualified for the position, but House chose her ahead of better credentialed candidates because of her looks. In a subversion, House follows up by stating that Cameron, as a beautiful woman, could have easily done well for herself in life without resorting to working her ass off to become a doctor. House knew that someone willing to shirk an easy life for a much harder one would have Hidden Depths.
- The Kids in the Hall: A sketch had Dave as a business man unable to fire a French pyromaniac named Monique because she's beautiful, even as she's igniting things in his office.
- iCarly: When the Power Trio need to hire an assistant to help with the eponymous show-within-a-show, Sam and Carly hire a hunky and INCREDIBLY stupid guy. Freddie retaliates by hiring a really dumb girl though it turns out that she was a college student using the experience as source material for a sociology class.
- Lampshaded in one Australian mini-series where a group of women are starting their own business and need a secretary. One woman proposes they do what any man would do — interview a bunch of applicants and "pick the one they fancy the most".
- Sloan Sabbith from The Newsroom. She is hired because she's an economist who "doesn't look like George Bernard Shaw". Mac seems to hope that people will actually pay attention to her when she talks about economics.
- Jimmy Kent in Downton Abbey is hired to be a footman in large part because he's very good-looking. Truth be told, this was a bona fide qualification for a footman: footmen's good looks and poise were intended to reflect well on the family they served. Even Carson, the butler—no great fan of Jimmy—admits that he's perfect in this regard.
- Inverted on Strong Medicine, where it's implied that Chief of Staff Dr. Jackson did not hire a qualified woman as his secretary because she's extremely overweight. She files a discrimination lawsuit, but the issue is never resolved, as she suffers a stroke due to the weight-loss pills she's taking.
- Also inverted on Seinfeld, when George is preparing to hire a new secretary. Jerry assumes he's going to play this trope straight, but George tells him that he doesn't want to be distracted. Sure enough, he's seen turning down several very qualified applicants because "If I hire you, it's only a matter of time before you file a sexual harassment complaint."
- The sisters of Sister Sister once convinced Lisa to hire an assistant they found sexy. He was so utterly incompetent she quickly fired him. He then sued her.
- Daredevil: Although she is attractive, Karen Page most definitely was not hired by Matt and Foggy to be their secretary because of her looks. When James Wesley visits the firm on his employer's orders and recognizes Karen, having twice previously attempted to have her killed:
Matt Murdock: Like Foggy said. We're particular about our clientele. [beat; Wesley glances at Karen]James Wesley: I'm curious about your... clientele. Do they all end up working for you after you get them off for murder or just the pretty ones?Matt Murdock: You uh, give us a minute, please?
- Faeries' Landing: Yuri is cast as a replacement for Yeongyeong in her film, purely because of her beauty.
- A large number of the WWE Divas, who are too often models, dancers or aspiring actresses looking for their big break (see Stacy Keibler). Some of them do successfully make the transition to wrestler (like Trish Stratus) but too many of them don't. Fandom is divided over whether this is a good thing or not.
- Played with in Family Guy where Stewie's nursery is cared for by an attractive but extremely neglegent and borderline abusive woman (she leaves the children unattended for several hours and at one point dislocates Stewie's arm in her careless handling of him). He fails to have her found out because Brian insists he keep his mouth shut until he's scored a night in bed with her (though calls the police himself when it turns out she has a boyfriend).
- Nurse Bendy on Moral Orel. She doesn't really have any medical knowledge and is at one point told to "sit there and look pretty." This is later revealed to be part of her trauma, that people only see her as a Brainless Beauty and she copes with this through her pretend family of teddy bears.
- In an American Dad! Bond parody "Tearjerker", the titular villain (played by Roger) says that the contractor he hired to build his lair was only hired because he's gorgeous. This becomes his undoing, with his Supervillain Lair full of defects and faults, eventually defeating him when his escape pod crapping out.
Tearjerker : Never hire a contractor just because he's gorgeous.
- Hello Nurse in Animaniacs first it seems like she's been hired just for being a buxom blonde, but character development showed her not only to be quite competent and very multi-talented... which made her even more attractive to her employers.