Imagine a female character of such beauty that it causes people of all genders and preferences to suspend judgment around her.
For a Mary Sue
, that's it. That's what makes them special. It will simply be used as justification for how they always get their way.
For a more interesting character So Beautiful, It's a Curse
can come off as an actual, legitimate problem, especially if they have been raised to be a good person, not just morally but also in terms of intelligence, competence, hard work, and so on, so that they are beautiful inside and out
It might be interesting to see them struggle with the ethics of what their presence and company can cause other people, doubting on whether to wield that power or refrain from doing so.
Hiding from people may cause one to Go Mad from the Isolation
. Showing oneself in public is not a trivial matter.
How does such a person choose their trajectory in life? What sort of profession, what set of skills, what social position could benefit the most from this extreme level of beauty? Or would they rather follow one that completely negates that advantage, and, say, work at home, from a computer? What kind of job would allow them to be financially successful and
completely avoid triggering their personal charisma in any way, shape or form?
To resist the temptation of using one's beauty as a crutch can be a strenuous, daily effort. Especially if one wants to come out of college with a high level of competence.
And let's not get started on the complications it would cause in romantic life; people being intimidated so that few ever talk to you. People expressing romantic interest even in the knowledge that you're already in a committed relationship. Perhaps even people doing horrible things in the name of breaking said relationship. Not to mention all the hearts you could break by sheer accident; you might want to wear a mask of inaccessibility and coldness just to avoid inadvertently nursing hopes that you cannot fulfill.
Maybe having all the scorned, unrequited lovers make her an automatic Femme Fatale
for anyone who would want to date her. How about her having a hard time finding a lover that doesn't overtly or secretly think she's too good for them?
And what relationship might such a character develop with the feelings of admiration and love that they can collect by their mere presence?
And is that beauty bestowed upon them, or is it earned?
Does it require a strict discipline and hygiene? If it takes a lot of effort and time, one has to wonder why the character keeps at it despite all the pain it brings her. Maybe the character isn't so sure herself. Maybe she's addicted to all the love and approval it brings her? But wouldn't that make her feel all the more guilty every time her beauty causes one disaster or another?
And, speaking of sources of guilt, one can have her fail to uphold her discipline every now and then in one aspect or another, flirt
with becoming The Vamp
, for example. Or maybe give being an Ethical Slut
a try, and find herself having to figure out extremely complex conundrums; that could be very interesting in the hands of a writer who is both savvy and intelligent.
The struggle to keep that morality, to maintain optimism and faith in humanity, to do good, to be loved, to have friends who treat you as a peer, to be understood... What kind of personal trajectory would result in a person that would remain beautiful and admirable all her life, inside and out?
Upon the highest thrones of the world, we are still sitting on our asses.