Unemployment is difficult. For one London woman, it’s even harder to find a job — because of her good looks.
Laura Fernee has been unemployed for two years, and says it’s not due to a lack of skills.
“I’m not lazy and I’m no bimbo,” Fernee told The Daily Mail. “The truth is my good looks have caused massive problems for me when it comes to employment, so I’ve made the decision that employment just isn’t for me at the moment. It’s not my fault … I can’t help the way I look.”
Fernee has a PhD in science and was working at a medical research lab from 2008 to 2011. There she earned approximately $45,000 annually. She quit in 2011 citing comments from her co-workers about her physical appearance.
“In the end, as much as I love my work, going in to work became very, very difficult because of the psychological impact on me,” she said during an appearance on ITV’s ‘This Morning."
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If you’re wondering what Fernee has been doing in the past two years to support herself, she has had her wealthy family to fall back on.
The Daily Mirror reports that her parents, Catherine and Alan, have been covering their daughter’s expenses.
“I know people will judge me for choosing not to work, but they are underestimating just what a curse good looks can be in the workplace,” Fernee insists. “Everyone thinks it must be great to be attractive, but there are serious downsides.”