They say being pretty gets you places, but it looks like being well-groomed might get you places too. A new study out of the United States examined the role that grooming plays in getting a higher salary. According to the study physically attractive people have higher incomes than average-looking people, so they wanted to know how much grooming can affect people’s perception of an individual’s “attractiveness.”
Jacyln Wong of the University of Chicago and Andrew Penner of the University of California at Irvine surveyed 14,000 people about their income, job, education and other things. They were also rated on their attractiveness and grooming. Their findings that more attractive people have higher incomes is in line with previous studies, but they also found that things like hair, makeup, and clothing affected women’s salaries while grooming had less influence in men’s incomes.
“For women, most of the attractiveness advantage comes from being well groomed. For men, only about half of the effect of attractiveness is due to grooming,” says Wong.
Wong references feminist Naomi Wolf who says unrealistic beauty standards, or ‘the beauty myth,’ is just another way to control women and their bodies.