Yes, Irina Kova says she’s basically unemployable because bosses get too distracted by her incredible good looks.
In a bid to fight the stereotype and prove that there’s more to her than her appearance, she has ditched the makeup – now she wears glasses and has dyed her hair to give herself a professional edge.
Opening up about her hardships, 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.
The law graduate says men have forced her to quit jobs in the past. Credit: Instagram
“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 forced to quit jobs in the past because of comments she’s received in the workplace.
Irina says she doesn’t wear makeup, so that she appears more professional. Credit: Instagram
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.”
And it hasn’t helped her relationship with women either.
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.
She has now started her own business. Credit: Instagram
“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.”
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