Felicia Czochanski, a student at Fordham University, wrote a piece for Cosmopolitan recently titled “People Judge Me Because I’m Pretty”, wanting to vent after years of enduring catcalls and stares from strangers on the street.
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I want to be appreciated for more than just my looks and respected for who am I as a person.
Coming to terms with being perceived as ‘beautiful’ wasn’t easy. Imagine how it feels to have heads turn and all eyes on you when you are simply trying to get to where you need to be. It doesn’t make me feel beautiful or sexy. It makes me feel like there’s something wrong with me. The scrutiny is never ending.
People seemed to forget or simply ignore my accomplishments. They disregarded the fact that I’m an athlete, I’m intelligent, and I’m incredibly ambitious.
Felicia describes herself as “5-foot-5 with blonde hair, big hazel eyes, 34DDs, and toned calves”, and says she’s taken to wearing baggy clothes in an attempt to cover herself up.
You tell ‘em Felicia. Basically singing my life with your words. I mean people just don’t understand do they? They don’t understand there’s more to people like us than our chiselled features and amazing hair and toned calves. We want to be respected for our intelligence and accomplishments — me for writing blogs about Miley Cyrus and people having sex with trees, and you for your athleticism and ambition (not to mention your Cosmo articles). How is that supposed to happen if people fixate on our looks all the time? That’s not a world I want to live in.
Sadly not everyone saw it from Felicia’s POV:
Come on guys, take it easy on us beautiful people. We have feelings too.
Having said that though, Cosmo don’t half post some total drivel sometimes.