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Study upon study has shown that it pays to be more attractive.
We tend to think more attractive people are smarter, and that they are more likely to get a promotion and get ahead at work.
People know about this unspoken truth - they just don't talk about it because if you complain about it you're a hater.
A reddit thread about this double standard was posted a few months ago and the responses to the question...
What is socially accepted when you are beautiful but not accepted when you are ugly?
...are pretty comprehensive.
Here's a selection of the most insightful and damning: