Laura Fernee says she’s too pretty to work.
The 33-year-old UK woman says she quit her medical research job in 2011 after being harassed at the office over her good looks, she told the Mirror. She says her slim figure, attractive face and hair make her a prime target for male advances and persecution from jealous female colleagues.
“I was constantly asked out on dates or found romantic gifts and notes at my desk. I found it sleazy and uncomfortable,” Fernee said. "Even when I was in a laboratory in scrubs with no makeup, they still came on to me because of my natural attractiveness.”
Fernee maintains that she’s not to blame for her current predicament.
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“It’s not my fault. ... I can’t help the way I look,” she said on UK’s ITV "This Morning."
She said women assumed she was dumb and saw her as a threat. "They told me to sit facing a different direction, because men were staring at me not them.”
Now, the unemployed PhD graduate lives with her parents who pay for her estimated $3,000 monthly expenses, which includes a gym membership, more than $2,000 on designer clothes and going out with her boyfriend, the Mirror reports. She spends more than $1,000 per month on blow-dries.
Fernee isn’t the first British woman to highlight the downsides of being “too pretty.” British writer Samantha Brick wrote a column in the Daily Mail describing the challenges behind her apparent beauty.
Fernee said there are more women out there like her. They probably haven’t come forward out of fear for being called “big-headed.”
“I’m not lazy and I’m no bimbo,” Fernee said.