NYDN - For Felicia Czochanski, being beautiful isn’t easy.
After enduring catcalls and uncomfortable stares for years, the Fordham University student is speaking out in a Cosmopolitan article titled: “People Judge Me Because I’m Pretty.”
“I want to be appreciated for more than just my looks and respected for who am I as a person,” the 20-year-old summarizes her perceived plight at the article’s start.
Czochanski describes herself as “5-foot-5 with blonde hair, big hazel eyes, 34DDs, and toned calves.”
She calls herself a “girly girl” who likes to wear heels and a dress or a skirt.
“Coming to terms with being perceived as ‘beautiful’ wasn’t easy,” she tells.
“Imagine how it feels to have heads turn and all eyes on you when you are simply trying to get to where you need to be. It doesn’t make me feel beautiful or sexy. It makes me feel like there’s something wrong with me. The scrutiny is never ending,” she laments.
“People seemed to forget or simply ignore my accomplishments. They disregarded the fact that I’m an athlete, I’m intelligent, and I’m incredibly ambitious,” she states.
The weight of this attention eventually led to her wearing baggy clothes in an effort to help cover up, she said.
FULL COSMO ARTICLE – People Judge Me Because I’m Pretty
Oh man Felicia, welcome to my world. People just don’t get it do they? They don’t realize there’s more to us than just our stunning good supermodel-esque looks. We want to be respected for our writing and the hard work that we put into our jobs – me, for my college football superblogs featuring 50 GIFs guaranteed to crash even the newest computer and my thorough analysis of sorority recruitment videos, you, for your in depth articles on “Can You Vajazzle and Still Be A Feminist?” or “Quiz: How Big Are Your Ovaries?” (Two real Cosmo articles that I just found on the homepage FYI). Sure, if we wanted we could just walk into the nearest modeling agencies or casting offices and make a living doing the soulless work of posing for pictures and cashing checks off our natural beauty. But we want to work for it. We want to inspire people with our talent. It’s not too much to ask for people to respect that is it? We shouldn’t have to resort to wearing baggy clothes to cover our bodies from ogling eyes, or purposely distorting our facial features by enlarging our noses and scrunching our eyes too close together. That’s not fair. That’s not the America I want to be a part of.
Just too hot to function in society.
Frankly I can’t believe the internet reacted this way either:
Unfortunately for Czochanski, her attempt to critically tackle being judged by her physical appearance led to just that in the article’s comment section.
There she’s seen being almost entirely judged not for her writing or her opinion of catcalls, but her appearance.
“Is it just me or is she really not that pretty??” one top commenter posted to 20 “likes.”
“I think you’re severely overestimating people’s high opinions of you…” another slammed.
“The point is there, but the tonality is all wrong. As a professional writer, she should have a better understanding of how not to portray herself as a total brat,” another shared.
It’s disgusting. Have some respect for the beautiful people. We have hopes and dreams and feelings too you monsters.