A 33-year-old law school graduate from London has narrated her ordeal of not being able to find job because she is too beautiful for the liking of employers.
According to Irina Kova, for several years after she graduated, her beauty has become a curse, making her look unfit to potential employers.
She reportedly told The Sun that some female potential employers find her beauty intimidating, and hence reject her job application.
Even at her former workplace where she reportedly used to work in business development, her superiors bullied and told her to tone down on her looks, before she eventually lost that job.
“I have been made to feel terrible in offices. One boss told me I should stop standing out so much and learn to be humble with my looks. I was not even wearing high heels,” Irina Kova is quoted as saying.
“Even during the hiring process, being beautiful gets in the way. I have a law degree and a great CV but my recruitment agent still told me to dye my blonde hair dark for interviews.”
In a bid to be viewed on a level with less attractive potential colleagues, Irina has ditched her heels and started wearing glasses. She also only wears minimal makeup.
But her efforts are not enough according to her agent, who has suggested dying her hair darker to avoid negative associations with her blondeness.
The Russian born woman has even quit jobs due to comments about her appearance, she has claimed.
“Women don’t trust you and men don’t see you as a professional. Men never want to hire me. I get it – that’s because they don’t want to be distracted at work. They would rather surround themselves with less attractive women who won’t take their mind off the job in hand.”
Rather than getting too miserable about her work situation, Irina has set up her own retail company. Now she sells vintage clothes online.