Is there a downside to being incredibly handsome and irresistible?
Perhaps Pietro Bosseli can shed some light on the topic.
In a recent interview with ABS-CBN News, the model hailed by netizens as the “The World’s Hottest Math Teacher”, says he thinks there are disadvantages when a person is too handsome.
“I don’t think there would be any direct disadvantage apart from maybe some stereotypes or the fact that people won’t necessarily focus on other aspects of your personality,” he said at a press conference on Sunday.
He admits that it’s very common for people to make quick judgments about a person by their physical appearances at first glance.
“We cannot help it. It’s obvious that if someone to you looks good, you’re more prone to being talkative to them or to approach them. When that happens, you overlook other things,” he said.
He then pointed to a personal instance when he had to keep his career as a model a secret at the beginning of his academic career.
“I felt like people in academe would look down on that. Only by growing up and maturing, you will learn how to embrace every aspect of your life and see that it is amazing, that you can do things that are so different. Explore a talent that otherwise wouldn’t be explored in the academe at all,” he said.
According to a 2015 study carried out by researchers at University College London’s School of Management and the University of Maryland, handsome men are more likely to be seen as a threat by their bosses and are therefore less likely to be given roles that showcase their individual talents as a result.
Researchers carried out four separate experiments in four different offices. According to their findings, when men were hiring other men to work with them, their decision was negatively affected by the attractiveness of the candidate and the type of job. However, women’s perceived attractiveness did not prevent them from being desirable additions to the boardroom.
“Managers are affected by stereotypes and make hiring decisions to serve their own self-interests so organizations may not get the most competent candidates” said professor Sun Young Lee, lead researcher at the University of Maryland. “With more companies involving employees in recruitment processes, this important point needs attention. Awareness that hiring is affected by potential work relationships and stereotyping tendencies can help organizations improve their selection processes.”