Beholding Beauty – A Glance In Horror At Samantha Brick

Now I’m forty one and probably one of very few women entering her fifth decade welcoming the decline of my looks. I can’t wait for the wrinkles and the grey hair that will help me blend into the background.

A sad story, I’m sure you’ll agree. For those of you who’ve been living under a rock or outside of the UK for the past week or so, that’s a quote from Samantha Brick, a journalist in the UK. In a recent article she put forth the trials and tribulations she has had to face as an attractive woman in this world. Her conceit has caused a backlash against her of a magnitude usually reserved for dictators and mass murderers. Can it possibly be true that the world really does hate attractive women? Let’s investigate.

As evidence that she’s as attractive as she claims, Brick puts forth the following few tidbits as examples;

Throughout my adult life, I’ve regularly had bottles of bubbly or wine sent to my restaurant table by men I don’t know.

Even bartenders frequently shoo my credit card away when I try to settle my bill.

Whenever I’ve asked what I’ve done to deserve such treatment, the donors of these gifts have always said the same thing: my pleasing appearance and pretty smile made their day.

It sounds convincing on the surface. She simply must be attractive to get that sort of attention, and it has obviously happened at least enough for it to have convinced her so. When asked on a talk show how often these things have happened, Brick admits that she’s calling on “maybe half a dozen incidents” throughout her forty-one years of life. If that’s the case then I must be absolutely gorgeous as I can think of over half a dozen incidents just this year where both male and female servers have given me more than I paid for or gone above and beyond the call of duty for me, and there have been hundreds of similar incidents in my life. At no point have I attributed this to my good looks, but rather the fact that serving can be a hard job and simply being pleasant and respectful to a cashier can influence them into treating you better than they do others.


I don’t know. Maybe I’m, crazy for coming up with such bland reasons for this sort of treatment. Perhaps Mrs Brick and I really are just really really good looking and the world has been bending to our whims for that reason alone? Here’s a few other quotes from the article Brick posted and the furore that is surrounding it at the moment, this time showing some of the harder effects of being a walking Zoolander.

Women hate me for no other reason than my lovely looks.

Over the years I’ve been dropped by countless friends who felt threatened if I was merely in the presence of their other halves.

Unfortunately women find nothing more annoying than someone else being the most attractive girl in a room.

I find that older women are the most hostile to beautiful women — perhaps because they feel their own bloom fading.

Jesus H Furie, can you believe the conceit of the woman? Of course you’re going to lose female friends if you constantly feel you’re the most attractive of them all. It’s impossible to always feel that way without showing others in your mannerisms, and I’m sure that those mannerisms have a damn sight more to do with why people don’t like you around their husbands.

Let me put it this way; when you’ve turned six encounters over forty-one years into constantly being treated a certain way then you’re obviously deluded about yourself to a degree even if you are good looking. When you no doubt talk to your friends about these encounters as if they happen all the time, then they’ll start to get sick of you. When you put out the attitude that you’re more attractive than someone’s wife to their husband, the husband himself will have many conversations with his wife about how ridiculous you are (and I think all of the men reading this page have met at least one woman like that so we know what you’re like) and will usually come to a consensus with their wives that you have no respect for their relationship and would be better off as far removed from that relationship as possible.

I knew this was sensitive territory at which women would take umbrage — but I thought it was a taboo that needed shattering.

While I’ve been shocked and hurt by the global condemnation, I have just this to say: my detractors have simply proved my point. Their level of anger only underlines that no one in this world is more reviled than a pretty woman.

Both of these statements have a major problem in that they assume that the writer is indeed as attractive as she claims to be. The fact of the matter is that much of the backlash has had nothing to do with the actual level of physical attractiveness that Brick shows, but the conceit and arrogance with which she asserts herself as beautiful. Had she written an article saying that she feels beautiful then many people would have patted her on the back and probably agreed. The fact is that, in a world where traditions in the media determines what is found attractive, so many women feel unattractive and need more self-confidence so an article like that could have done some good. But Brick didn’t write an article like that, she wrote an arrogant denial of reality and an attack against anyone who doesn’t treat her like the goddess she feels like. Her empowerment is at the expense of other women and all the time she claims they are trying to take away from her due to an imagined jealousy.

If Brad Pitt were to say: ‘Yes, I’m a good-looking fella,’ then the world would nod sagely in agreement. But if Angelina Jolie uttered something along those lines, she’d be subject to the same foaming-at-the-mouth onslaught hurled at me yesterday.

Actually, no she wouldn’t. Jolie has made a proven living from her looks for quite a while. Long enough in fact for her to learn how to actually act as she matures and those looks inevitably fade. If she were to come out and say she was a good-looking woman then people would agree with her as she truly is. Should anyone ask her to prove it she could call on a variety of sources, from the magazine articles that advise women how to copy her style to her twelve years in a row placing in FHM’s top 100 Sexiest Women in the world. No-one, perhaps excluding Brick herself, would turn their nose up at that evidence.

Ten out of ten men at a dinner party would find me attractive.

And here we have the latest spewing from Brick. If you’re male you’ll find her attractive. No questions asked. You could be straight or gay and you’ll want her. You could be blind and the sound of her voice would give you back your sight and make you fall in love. There is no room for error; if you’re male you’ll want her (presumably this hypothetical dinner party serves a lot of booze).

It’s statements like that which have caused such vitriol over her article and the statements she has made since to support her claims. The fact of the matter is that, even if she were as physically attractive as she claimed, the ugliness inside shines through. All you’d have to do is spend a little time in a room with her and you’d be clawing at the walls to escape. Some women, whether honestly or not, have something on the inside that shines through and makes them attractive. Drew Barrymore is one such example and Zooey Deschanel another, more recent one. These are both good looking girls normally but there’s something inside that can make them incredible, an indescribable approachability that makes men and women alike want to love them. They never seem to come off as aloof at all. Brick has the opposite of that and exudes her inner ugliness.

Oh, if anyone has any dinner parties planned this weekend and is unsure whether to risk their happy relationships by going, this is the woman who claims that all men would want her.

And that’s with an obvious ton of make-up on to make her presentable to the cameras.

I want to reiterate that this is not a condemnation of the way Brick looks, although I myself am obviously the eleventh man at that dinner party. Rather this is a look at the way one presents oneself to the world and how one views others. Beauty may well be in the eye of the beholder, but when you’re the beholder of your own beauty to such a degree the word takes on a new meaning. It is nothing short of arrogance and delusion, an average looking woman transferring blame for the bad things in her life to others rather than taking responsibility for her own actions and the part she has played in people not liking her.

In short, ugliness all around.


21 thoughts on “Beholding Beauty – A Glance In Horror At Samantha Brick

  1. Personally I believe she's written the article in an attempt to set up such a furore, possibly as an angle to a book deal. If she truly believes the things she's saying then I feel sorry for her and whatever warped her self-image in such a way. As I said, she's average at best when compared to what is counted as beauty throughout the world (a point I'm almost sure will be the focus of her book when it unexpectedly arrives) yet her arrogance makes her ugly in my eyes. I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling that. The thing is, my brand has always been built around arrogance and ego. I pull it off expertly because I know the lines people hate you crossing. I'll talk about what I'm good at and offer a mountain of evidence, not a miniscule amount. I'll usually not bother talking about what I'm bad at, but wont deny such things exist. Most importantly, when the world tells me I'm wrong I'll actually consider whether they're right or not before condemning them to eternal suffering for questioning me.

  2. I had never heard of Samantha Brick before I saw a notification on the bulletin board of one of the online news services I subscribe to, and I must admit that my first thought was 'She's not beatiful at all!'. Without knowing anything else about the lady in question, I'd say this is a typical example of an overinflated self-image, unless, of course, it is a cleverly conducted media stunt.Or, she could be a wanna-be hipster, thus, her statement being fashionably ironic.

  3. I cannot believe just how deluded this woman is. I don't hate her at all for any reason. I feel sorry for her because the only way she can accept herself is to put herself up on a pedestal and believe she's adored by the ones that don't hate her for her *ahem* beauty. *shakes head* still, it's spawned some downright funny shit.

  4. Martin's avatar is the perfect reaction to the statements of this woman… whoever she may beOriginally posted by Furie:

    Personally I believe she's written the article in an attempt to set up such a furore, possibly as an angle to a book deal.quote]I surely hope that that's what she wants :yuck: I myself don't really like people who act like they are better then anyone else, or who boast to much… but I can deal with that… untill the point that they just can't shut up about it… this woman though… it would probably be hate on first sight :irked:

  5. Well, a saying that beauty is in the eye of beholder is not without reason. Some would probably find her very attractive but I am sure that most of the people would think that she is, as you've said, an average looking person.Also, what and who is good looking, handsome, beautiful, whatever,… is determined by too many sociological and cultural conditions. Just one example:Do you find this attractive? Well, most of people in Japan before 19th century did, because married women and aristocrats did that until 1873. "…when the Empress of Japan, having decided that she would no longer apply the dye, appeared in public with white teeth."

  6. There's something wrong in her head. – I've never heard of friends who'd stop being friends because one is prettier anyway. It would be silly, wouldn't it, you'd think that they both know what each other look like when they team up, yes? Personally I don't give a fuck about what people look like. I do, however, judge people on how they behave!

  7. Originally posted by Zaphira:

    Personally I don't give a fuck about what people look like. I do, however, judge people on how they behave!


  8. Darko, that's exactly right. Physical beauty is a combination of abstract social and cultural values assigned to physical traits. There is no-one in the world who is beautiful to everyone. Even if there were, having that sort of victim attitude about it is an ugly trait. So often people like to feel persecuted these days and use this imagined persecution as a way to talk about how great they think they are. Originally posted by Zaphira:

    I've never heard of friends who'd stop being friends because one is prettier anyway

    I've heard of it, but it's very rare, occurring only with the more self-conscious people who feel overwhelmed or underappreciated. More often than not it's that the other person feels they're better looking and adopts an attitude about it, trying to prove it to themselves constantly by flirting with their friends husbands or wearing skimpy clothing and sitting with their legs open opposite guys. More than once I've had a girlfriend's friend be inappropriate and either conplained to my girlfriend or (once when the girl went way too far) ejecting them myself.

  9. Originally posted by the chick in question:

    I can’t wait for the wrinkles and the grey hair that will help me blend into the background.

    Looks to me very much like her wait was over quite a while ago.

  10. Then there are those women who seem to have lost track of time entirely. In their mid-fourties they still behave and talk like when they were in their early twenties. They even listen to the same music as their daughters, and dress like teenagers as well.I blame television.

  11. Originally posted by Aqualion:

    In their mid-fourties they still behave and talk like when they were in their early twenties.

    There is a TV show here, Women of Vancouver. You just described them in your comment. And those ones are also stinkin' rich, as they say here :POriginally posted by Aqualion:

    I blame television.

    Me too :up:

  12. Ah, so that's what/who she is! I just saw a short notice in the media here, but couldn't be arsed to read the story. Maybe she was too attractive, making me unwilling to click on the link a perhaps face an even bigger picture of her beautifulness. Or not? Can't say she's made a stir here, though. PS, although she's got bubbly and whatnot, I betcha she's never been offered sausages 😉

  13. You know, Camilla was mocked, on this side of the pond, as being ugly, or at least unattractive … I always found her rather charming, actually … almost "cute", if one is permitted the use of the word in such a context.This woman is repellent.

  14. Isn't she just. Personally the first I heard of Camilla was that tape of Charles saying he wanted to be her tampon. Kinda makes me see something horrific whenever I hear of her.

  15. You mean like the extremely suggestive thoughts one gets after seeing a certain amount of porn, and then going into a delicatessen and seeing the shaved ham?

  16. That tampon business calls up all sorts of mental images of the future king. I will refrain from cartooning.

  17. somebody read too many "Love thyself" self-help books methinks.Sorry, i'll pass on tapping that but i will bonk her over the head with a newspaper…. 🙂

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