On feeling beautiful

After receiving the highest grade in her high-school class in English literature, a friend of mine was to represent her school in the state level competition on the same subject. Her teacher, however, suggested that she let the runner-up take her place because the other girl was more physically attractive and would make a better impression for the school.

My friend rejected the advice and represented the school anyway, but she was so worried about her appearance that she didn't do her best on the test. "I felt so ugly and inferior, so worthless, and there wasn't anything I could do about it," she said.

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