We are too beautiful to pay for things like normal people

We are too beautiful to pay for things like normal people


HOW do you know if youre hot? Strangers give you freebies.

Or so it seems, with social networking site TikTok full of women revealing the perks they receive from men simply because they are beautiful.

Lily Pitfield says her good looks have gotten her free drinks and let her skip the queues for clubs

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Lily Pitfield says her good looks have gotten her free drinks and let her skip the queues for clubsCredit: Olivia West

Videos labelled #PrettyPrivilege have amassed more than 144.3million views as they discuss the positives and pitfalls of being good-looking.

Psychologist Jo Hemmings explains: There is the Halo Effect where we subconsciously assume that peoples looks are a reflection of their personalities.

Attractive people are seen as more warm, trustworthy and intelligent.

From jumping queues to getting freebies, three women and one guy tell GEORGETTE CULLEY their stories…

Ive lost pals in past as Im always centre of attention

FASHION assistant Lily Pitfield, 25, from Canary Wharf, central London, who is single, has lost friends due to their jealousy over her looks. She says:

When Lily was in Greece in 2016 the owner of a super-yacht spotted her on the beach and invited her on a cruise

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When Lily was in Greece in 2016 the owner of a super-yacht spotted her on the beach and invited her on a cruise

“I DISCOVERED pretty privilege when I was 18. I was at a club and a man sent over a drink.

I didnt do anything to suggest I was interested in him so I was really shocked.
I waved and said thank you and was genuinely chuffed.

It was a huge confidence boost. Up until then I had no idea how you look could influence how youre treated.

The kind treatment from strangers continued into my 20s. When I go out with my friends, guys always single me out and give me free drinks, and bouncers will wave me to the front of the queue and give me free entry to clubs.

Its caused a stir with my friends as they dont get the same treatment, but I cant help it. I never go out assuming it will happen, it just does.

In 2016 I was in Greece when the owner of a super-yacht spotted me on the beach and invited me on a cruise.

The whole day I was showered with amazing food and drinks.

He wasnt after anything in return, he just said he hoped me being there would attract the cool crowd.

My family and friends remind me that not everyone gets this treatment so Im always grateful.

But being pretty also has its downsides. Ive lost some friends in the past because they didnt like me being the centre of attention, even though I really didnt want to be.

Others refused to invite me to their birthday parties as they were worried Id steal the limelight.

Girls can be super mean and bitchy. Its frustrating because Im kind, goofy and humble and was raised to be beautiful inside and out.

But strangers are always nice to me, and I seem to always get what7 I want.

Bouncers spot me and whisk me to front of line

HAIRDRESSER Elena Loizides, 28, who is in a relationship and lives in Harrow, North London, gets celeb treatment because of her looks. She says:

Elena Loizides says she gets 'celeb treatment' because of her looks

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Elena Loizides says she gets ‘celeb treatment’ because of her looksCredit: Olivia West

“GROWING up, I didnt really notice my looks because I wasnt allowed to wear make-up and I didnt go out much.

It wasnt until my late teens that I started to notice male attention. Id go out and guys would buy me drinks and bouncers would spot me and whisk me to the front of the queue.

I didnt realise it wasnt normal until my mum would say, Oh, you got a free drink did you? I never get that.

Now Im quite used to it, but Im always thankful. I always get into clubs for free and am really looked after inside. I am often taken to the VIP section because it looks good to have a pretty girl on the table.

But my friends can get the hump. When we go out, men are never looking at them, theyre only looking at me. It can put a wedge between us.

Some of them try hard to get male attention but I dont have to do that, Im just myself.

Ive also lost male friends because their girlfriends are jealous and dont like them hanging around with me.

When Elena was holidaying in Cyprus an employee from the Four Seasons Hotel spotted her and invited her to spend the day at the hotel

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When Elena was holidaying in Cyprus an employee from the Four Seasons Hotel spotted her and invited her to spend the day at the hotel

It really hurts as Ive done nothing to them. But it has made me be more considerate to my boyfriends pretty pals.

But being attractive has allowed me to experience things I would never have if it wasnt for my looks.

A few years ago I was holidaying in Cyprus when an employee from the uber posh Four Seasons Hotel spotted me and invited me to spend the day at the hotel.

My friend and I got to use the guest-only cabana and pool, and were showered with drinks and food all day. We felt like celebrities.

Whenever I travel Im usually offered flight upgrades and am often upgraded to a suite when I check into a hotel.

People just want to help me and make my life easier I never ask for it.”

It all changed when I hit the gym and got tattoos

BUILDER Albert Pritchard, 27, who is single and from Brentwood, Essex, only started getting special treatment after he began body-building and got tattoos. He says:

Albert Pritchard started getting special treatment after he began body-building and got tattoos

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Albert Pritchard started getting special treatment after he began body-building and got tattoosCredit: Olivia West

“ILL get a free cup of tea or coffee and drinks, mainly when theres a woman serving me and we have a bit of banter.

Im 6ft 4in so I think its the height, muscles and tattoos.

Women say I look like a bad boy and I suppose theyve got a point. Im confident and will talk to anyone and have a laugh.

I think women like that and when you have a bit of chemistry and chat, being a bit cheeky and asking for a discount or a freebie is much easier.

I was in Marbella with a couple of my pals waiting to get in a club and a hostess came up to me and asked why I was queuing.

Hilariously, she thought I was the male stripper theyd booked for the night.

When I told her I wasnt, she let me jump the queue because she needed some eye candy inside and gave me a glass of free champagne.

Another time I was on a flight and a flirty air hostess upgraded me to better seats so Id get more leg room.

This treatment wasnt always the case though.

Albert was in Marbella waiting to get in a club and a hostess came up to him and asked why he was queuing - she thought he was the stripper

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Albert was in Marbella waiting to get in a club and a hostess came up to him and asked why he was queuing – she thought he was the stripper

I didnt get attention or special treatment before I started getting tattoos and bodybuilding. Its a nice feeling when it happens. It makes you feel good.

Ive been on both sides so I know pretty privilege is a real thing and it doesnt just apply to women.

Sure, its easier for pretty girls to get freebies. I think its in mens nature to single them out and want to impress them.

But Ive noticed a massive difference in how Im perceived since going to the gym and beefing up. Its not why I started doing it but its a perk.

Im not saying Im James Bond and every woman drops at my feet but I definitely benefit from my looks.”

I mistook man for waiter but then he paid my bill

BEAUTY and aesthetics practitioner Lauren Race, 26, who is single and from Brentwood, Essex, suffers from strangers presuming she is stuck-up at first. She says:

Lauren Rice suffers from strangers presuming she is stuck-up at first

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Lauren Rice suffers from strangers presuming she is stuck-up at firstCredit: Olivia West

“I DONT want to sound like Im blowing my own trumpet but Ive always been petite and pretty.

I didnt think much of it growing up until I started going out and would get invited to exclusive clubs and bought drinks.

I thought, Oh this is nice. But I dont talk or brag about it. My friends dont get jealous, theyll go along with it. If a guy offers me a drink Ill say, Only if you buy my friend one.

A few years ago I went to Dubai and I met a guy who owned luxury beach clubs out there.

He let me and my friends on his exclusive tables the whole time we were on holiday, saving us loads of money.

When Lauren was in Dubai she met a man who owned luxury beach clubs and he let her on his exclusive tables throughout the whole holiday

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When Lauren was in Dubai she met a man who owned luxury beach clubs and he let her on his exclusive tables throughout the whole holiday

Another time, I went to a posh restaurant and this man walked past in a black shirt and I genuinely thought he was a waiter. I stopped him and began to order my food.

He burst out laughing and said he wasnt a waiter but he ordered what I asked for and paid for our whole bill which must have been hundreds.

It was so sweet, I was really touched. But its easy to judge a book by its cover.

People judge me before they know me based on my appearance.

A lot of people will say, I thought youd be up your arse but youre really down to earth.

Other drawbacks are unwanted attention.

Sometimes guys expect you to talk to them if you accept a free drink and if you turn away theyll say something nasty like, Youre not that special, love.

Its not nice but I dont take it to heart and just laugh and say, Well clearly I am special, else you wouldnt be chatting me up!.”

Better looks, better pay

BEING conventionally good-looking can have a lot of advantages, writes psychologist Jo.

It can make you more employable, with higher wages.

An employee can get paid ten per cent more if they attach an attractive picture alongside their CV, studies show.

Research also shows good-looking people enjoy better life outcomes and have higher psychological well-being and lower levels of depression.

It all sounds great for those blessed with natural beauty, so what are the downsides?

Those with pretty privilege report they dont get taken seriously, have their ability overestimated and cant sustain what is expected of them.

It can also create situations where girls dont trust pretty girls or dont want to be overshadowed by their looks.

This can lead to loneliness and self-esteem issues.

Im gorgeous and I know it my pretty privilege has gotten me hundreds worth of free perks



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