04/15/2011 11:13 am ET | Updated Jun 15, 2011

Part-Time Model Most Common Job, Surpasses Social Media Expert

A report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor revealed that part-time model has become the most common profession in the United States, passing social media expert on its way to the number one spot.

Over 60 million Americans moonlight as models, which is up from 22 a decade ago. Fashion insiders say that the surge of "talent" is largely attributable to people thinking they're way hotter than they really are.

"They're not hot," said Tyra Banks, former model and creator of America's Next Top Model. "Like not hot."

Research from supports Tyra's statement. According to the website's findings, only 5 percent of people are considered "hot" (rated an 8), 1 percent are considered "really hot" (rated a 9), and a mere quarter of a percent are considered "super hot" (rated a 10).

But according to statistics from the 2010 Census, 70 percent of Americans believe that they are hot.

"The condition is commonly known as 'mirror goggles' and essentially is the opposite of body dysmorphia," said Dr. Francis Krieger, renowned psychiatrist and author of Why You're Not Hot. "It's that disconnect between the actual level of hotness and self-image that has created an entire generation of aspiring models."

Wired editor Jonah Pilkington says this phenomenon is not new. The difference, he argues, is the plummeting production cost of photography and video and the multiplicity of cost-effective distribution channels.

"People have always thought that they were hotter than they really are," said Mr. Pilkington. "But now any idiot can buy a 12 megapixel camera or an HD video camera."

Mr. Pilkington's website of shirtless self-portraits will launch in June.

He believes he's a nine. He's a six.

Originally featured in the Daily Pygmy.

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