I’ll be honest, there was a large part of me that wanted to write a Samantha Brick parody, but I’ve read three already today, so I decided it was maybe best I didn’t.
Lucky enough to not know who Samantha Brick is? Allow me to enlighten you, Samantha Brick writes charming articles for the Daily Mail, with titles like ‘Why a magazine for large women is just a big, fat con (and I should know, I used to be a size 16)’, ‘Why my husband says he’ll divorce me if I get fat’ and ‘I use my sex appeal to get ahead at work…and so does ANY woman with sense.’ Her latest contribution bewailed what a terrible time she has because of her extreme beauty. Using Daily Veil, you can read her article here without giving the Daily Mail site any hits. Of course, Twitter exploded. The article generated 30 million hits. People suggested that perhaps women do not like Ms Brick because she has a giant ego, not because she is a great beauty (which she isn’t. She’s pretty, but not so beautiful that she deserves her inflated opinion of herself). Ms Brick then wrote a second article, claiming this only proved her point and her detractors were jealous women. She chose to ignore all the men who poked fun at her.
Now, good for Samantha Brick if she has so much self-confidence, but the idea that women are such jealous creatures that we hate anybody who is more attractive than us made me a touch pissed off. Of course we don’t, what utter nonsense.
I know girls who turn heads. I lived with a cheer-leader who was into pole-fitness at university. The year we lived together, I had a sudden increase in my male friends wishing to visit me at uni. They’d never seen this girl, but she became the stuff of legend. As it happens, she’s gorgeous as well. Do I hate her? Not in the slightest. I adore that pole-dancing cheer-leading beauty. She’s one of my dearest friends. The only time I’ve ever been jealous of her was when she had more interesting food in the fridge than I did. That’s about it.
I won’t pretend that jealously is something I don’t experience, but I’m fairly sure I’ve never felt jealous over another’s looks. There are certain girls I’m less than fond of, but I can honestly say, looks play no part in it. I hope I’m never petty enough to dislike someone because they are prettier than me. I’d rather stick to dislike caused by personality clashes! Jealousy is an ugly quality. So is vanity.
Did anyone else read the ‘I’m so beautiful’ articles. What did you think of them and following madness?