Is it possible to be too good-looking? Extreme physical attractiveness might bring people a greater number of potential mating partners and likelihood of success in certain careers, but it doesn’t necessarily bring happiness. In great literature, tragedy always seems to befall the beautiful; in mundane real life, they mostly have to suffer being taken for empty-headed bimbos. Beauty is like money. We all want it, but once you’ve got about the average for your society, the correlation between being endowed with any extra and growing any happier is scant indeed. “You can never be too rich or too thin,” said Wallis Simpson. Thinness being a proxy for beauty in fashion, I’d say she was wrong on both counts.
Pictures: Lee Brimble
This feature was originally published in the October 2014 edition of Top Gear magazine.