Pageant queen admits backlash over her good looks can be 'very disheartening'


 A pageant star spoke about the downsides to being deemed "attractive". Miss Universe Australia says she's often judged because of her looks

Maria Thattil spoke about getting judged because of her looks(Image: mariathattil/Instagram)

A pageant queen says her good looks have been a blessing and a curse.

Maria Thattil’s stunning appearance helped her to win Miss Universe Australia 2020.

But the 27-year-old admits her beauty has also opened her up to criticism from strangers and difficulties with her career.

She told

 news.com.au 

: “I remember starting my career in recruitment while I was finishing my masters in HR and very often I was told things based on how I looked.

“I was told even in my internship, very early just starting my career, you need to be extra nice to people because you’re pretty, therefore they’re going to assume you’re stuck up.

“It was from a female senior actually and it was very disheartening.”

Maria admits people used to comment on her appearance when she worked in recruitment(Image: mariathattil/Instagram)

Maria also faced comments about her outfits and makeup from male colleagues.

And frustratingly, some even assumed she only got her job in recruitment because of her gorgeous appearance.

Due to judgement she’s experienced during her life, the beauty queen has started a series on her Instagram channel.

The programme, called Mind With Me, discusses beauty ideals.

She hopes opening up a conversation will give support to other women who are battling with their self-esteem.

Some even assumed Maria got her job because she's attractive(Image: mariathattil/Instagram)

Maria added: “I think it’s really important to acknowledge that society has very changing standards of beauty and right now a lot of the things that come natural to me – whether it’s my skin tone or the fact that my lips are bigger – that at the moment is being glorified as a trend and now the media and society has determined that is attractive.

“And having that means I need to use that responsibility to speak on the things that matter, but I’ve also experienced prejudice, and I’ve also been othered and I’ve also been someone who is excluded because I didn’t always meet the threshold for what it is to be successful, beautiful, worth or valuable.”

Follow Maria on her

 Instagram page @mariathattil here.

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