A 33-year-old law school graduate from London, Irina Kova, struggled to find work just like millions of others across the world but probably unique to Kova, her reason for unemployment was because she is too attractive.
Russian-born Irina Kova claims that being attractive has made it harder for her to get a job in London, as female employers simply do not trust her and sometimes find her intimidating, and their male counterparts do not take her seriously.
According to Odditycentral.com, Kova used to work in business development for important clients but then realised her looks ruined her career despite having a law degree and an impressive CV.
At the moment, Kova has her own her own retail company selling vintage clothes online after struggling to find a job.
It is not clear if the employers are explicitly telling Kova what they make of her.
Kova told the UK's The Sun that her attractiveness affects her negatively both during the hiring process and after she gets a job.
To improve her chances of actually landing a job, she was advised to dye her hair darker to make herself look professional. But even if she gets past the interviews, her male bosses never seem to take her seriously.
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Kova is quoted as saying: “Even during the hiring process, being beautiful gets in the way. I have a law degree and a great CV but my recruitment agent still told me to dye my blonde hair dark for interviews."
One of her former bosses allegedly told her to stop trying to use her looks to stand out, and be more humble, but Kova says standing out is just something that happens because of her natural features.
This is perhaps something a lot of Ghanaian women may identify with. There are rife complaints on social media about how a woman's intellect is doubted especially when she is attractive.
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