Robin Givhan: Women Who Look Like Michaele Salahi Get Lucky Breaks

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Robin Givhan Washington Post

Women who look like Michaele Salahi get more than their share of lucky breaks. That reality probably aggravates those beautiful blondes who hate that their accomplishments go ignored because folks can't stop talking about their legs. It undoubtedly frustrates women who have to face down jealous types who assume that they could not have risen through the ranks of business based on their résumé and intelligence, rather than their long, flaxen tresses. Indeed, the women of Hollywood -- Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron -- have talked about the burdens of beauty, a complaint no average-looking person really wants to hear. Yet, they weren't taken seriously as actresses until they'd uglied themselves up for roles, bravely performing without benefit of their good looks.

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