Irina Kova says she’s basically unemployable because bosses get too diverted by her mind-boggling great looks.
In a bid to fight the stereotype and prove that there’s more to her than her appearance, she now not even using makeup – presently she wears glasses and has colored her hair to give herself a professional edge.
About her struggles, the 33-year-old told The Sun:
“Even during the hiring process, being beautiful gets in the way. I have a law degree and a great CV but my recruitment agent still told me to dye my blonde hair dark for interviews.
“She said, ‘You’ll never get a job looking like that.’ She was right, too. After I coloured my hair I got offered more work. I even started wearing clear glasses – although my sight is perfect – to look more professional. I’ve been made to feel terrible in offices. One boss told me I should stop standing out so much and learn to be more humble with my looks. I wasn’t even wearing high heels.”
She added: “I rarely wear much make-up either – with my features I don’t need to. When you have big lips and eyes you attract a lot of attention anyway.”
But Irina says she’s been compelled to quit jobs in the past because of remarks she’s gotten in the working environment.
The London-based professional said of one co-worker: “I think this man wanted to have a corporate environment where everyone is the same and has a mortgage and three kids.
“He was basically implying I was too glamorous to fit in, so I ended up leaving.”
She added: “Women don’t trust you and men don’t see you as a professional. Men never want to hire me. I get it – that’s because they don’t want to be distracted at work.
“They would rather surround themselves with less attractive women who won’t take their mind off the job in hand. Married guys don’t want their wives visiting the office and seeing a hot, single girl sitting right next to them.”
Left with no other option, Irina has started her own website selling vintage clothing.
She said: “At least now I don’t have to rely on someone else’s opinion of me - and whether my face fits.”
Source: The sun