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We’re too pretty to pay for things like normal people

HOW do you know if you’re hot? Strangers give you free software.

Or so it seems, with the social media site TikTok rife with women who reveal the perks they get from men just because they’re beautiful.

Lily Pitfield says her good looks got her a free drink and let her skip the club queue

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Lily Pitfield says her good looks got her a free drink and let her skip the club queueCredit: Olivia West

Videos labeled #PrettyPrivilege have racked up more than 144.3 million views as they discuss the positives – and pitfalls – of being handsome.

Psychologist Jo Hemmings explains: “There is a ‘Light Effect’ where we assume that people’s physical appearance subconsciously reflects their personality.

“Attractive people are perceived as warmer, trustworthy, and more intelligent.”

From waiting in line to receiving free gifts, three women and one guy tell GEORGETTE CULLEY their stories. . .

‘I’ve lost friends in the past because I’m always the center of attention’

FASHION assistant Lily Pitfield, 25, from Canary Wharf, central London, single, has lost friends due to jealousy of their looks. She speaks:

When Lily was in Greece in 2016, the owner of a superyacht spotted her on the beach and invited her to go on a cruise on the yacht.

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When Lily was in Greece in 2016, the owner of a superyacht spotted her on the beach and invited her to go on a cruise on the yacht.

“I discovered the privilege when I was 18. I was at a club and a man sent me out drinking.

I didn’t do anything to show that I was interested in him so I was really shocked.
I waved goodbye and said thank you and really enjoyed it.

That’s a huge confidence boost. Until then, I don’t know how your looks might affect how you behave.

Kindness from strangers continued into my 20s. When I go out with my friends, the guys always offer me a free drink, and the bouncers will wave me to the front of the queue and give me free access to the clubs.

It caused a stir with my friends because they weren’t treated the same, but I couldn’t help it. I never go out of my way to assume that it will happen, it just happens.

In 2016, I was in Greece when the owner of a superyacht caught me on the beach and invited me to go on a cruise.

All day I was bathed with great food and drink.

In return he didn’t run after anything, he just said that he hoped my presence there would attract an ‘interesting crowd’.

My family and friends remind me that not everyone is treated like that so I’m always grateful.

But being beautiful also has its downside. I’ve lost some friends in the past because they don’t like me being the center of attention, even though I really don’t want to.

Others refused to invite me to their birthday parties because they were worried that I would steal the limelight.

Girls can be extremely mean and whiny. It’s annoying because I’m kind, silly, and humble and raised to be beautiful inside and out.

But strangers are always nice to me, and I always seem to get what I want.

‘The bouncers recognized me and beat me to the front of the line’

HAIRMAN Elena Loizides, 28, who is in a relationship and lives in Harrow, North London, gets “celebrity treatment” because of her looks. She speaks:

Elena Loizides says she gets 'celebrity treatment' because of her looks

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Elena Loizides says she gets ‘celebrity treatment’ because of her looksCredit: Olivia West

“Growing up, I didn’t really pay attention to my appearance because I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup and I didn’t go out much.

It wasn’t until my late teens that I started noticing male attention. I go out and people will buy me a drink and the bartenders will spot me and bring me to the front of the queue.

I didn’t realize it wasn’t normal until my mom said, ‘Oh, do you have a free drink? I never understood that’.

I’m pretty used to it now, but I’m always thankful. I always join the free clubs and get really taken care of inside. I’m usually put in the VIP area because there’s a pretty girl on the table.

But my friends may have humps. When we go out, the men never look at them, they just look at me. It could put a wedge between us.

Some of them try so hard to get male attention but I don’t have to, I’m just myself.

I also lost male friends because their girlfriends were jealous and didn’t like them around me.

While Elena was on vacation in Cyprus, an employee from the Four Seasons Hotel spotted her and offered her a day's stay at the hotel.

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While Elena was on vacation in Cyprus, an employee from the Four Seasons Hotel spotted her and offered her a day’s stay at the hotel.

It really hurts because I didn’t do anything to them. But it has made me more interested in my boyfriend’s beautiful friends.

But being attractive has allowed me to experience things I would never have if it weren’t for my looks.

A few years ago, I was on holiday in Cyprus when an employee from the luxury Four Seasons hotel spotted me and offered me an all-day stay at the hotel.

Me and my friend had to use the guest-only cabana and pool, and shower with drinks and food all day. We feel like celebrities.

Whenever I travel, I usually get a flight upgrade and often get an upgrade to a suite when I check in to a hotel.

People just wanted to help me and make my life easier – I never asked for it. “

‘It all changed when I hit the gym and got a tattoo’

CONSTRUCTION Albert Pritchard, 27, single and from Brentwood, Essex, only started getting special treatment after he started building his body and getting tattoos. He says:

Albert Pritchard begins special treatment after starting bodybuilding and tattooing

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Albert Pritchard begins special treatment after starting bodybuilding and tattooingCredit: Olivia West

“I would get a free cup of tea or coffee and drink, mostly when there was a lady serving me and we had a little bit of a joke.

I’m 6ft 4in so I think that’s the height, muscles and tattoos.

Women say I look like a bad boy and I think they have a point. I am confident and will talk to anyone and laugh.

I think women like that and when you have a little chemistry and a chat, it’s much easier to be a little bold and ask for a discount or a freebie.

I was in Marbella with a few of my friends waiting to get into a club and a hostess came up to me and asked why I had to wait in line.

Interestingly, she thought I was the male stripper they booked for tonight.

When I told her I didn’t, she let me jump in line because she needed some “eye candy” inside and gave me a free glass of champagne.

Another time I was on a flight and a flirty flight attendant upgraded me to a better seat so I had more leg room.

However, this treatment is not always the case.

Albert was in Marbella waiting to enter a club and a hostess came up to him and asked why he was in line - she thought he was a stripper.

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Albert was in Marbella waiting to enter a club and a hostess came up to him and asked why he was in line – she thought he was a stripper.

I didn’t get any special attention or treatment before I started tattooing and bodybuilding. It was a great feeling when it happened. It makes you feel good.

I’ve been on both sides so I know the privilege of being beautiful is a real thing – and it doesn’t just apply to women.

Sure, it’s easier for pretty girls to get freeware. I think it’s in men’s nature to be single and want to impress them.

But I’ve noticed a big difference in my outlook since going to the gym and getting fit. That’s not why I started doing it, it’s a privilege.

I’m not saying I’m James Bond and every woman falls at my feet but I definitely benefit from my look. “

‘I mistook the person for the waiter but then he paid my bill’

Cosmetologist and beautician Lauren Race, 26, single and from Brentwood, Essex, was initially assumed by strangers to be stuck. She speaks:

Lauren Rice was assumed by strangers that she was initially trapped

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Lauren Rice was assumed by strangers that she was initially trappedCredit: Olivia West

“I DON’T want to sound like I’m blowing my own trumpet but I’ve always been petite and pretty.

I didn’t think much of it until I started hanging out and being invited to exclusive clubs and buying drinks.

I thought, ‘Oh, this is great’. But I don’t talk or brag about it. My friends are not jealous, they will go with it. If a guy offers me a drink, I’ll say, ‘Only if you buy my friend one’.

A few years ago, I went to Dubai and met a guy who owned luxury beach clubs out there.

He let me and my friends sit at his exclusive tables the whole time we were on vacation, saving us a ton of money.

While Lauren was in Dubai, she met a man who owned luxury beach clubs and he left her on his exclusive tables during the vacation.

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While Lauren was in Dubai, she met a man who owned luxury beach clubs and he left her on his exclusive tables during the vacation.

Another time I went to a fancy restaurant and this man in a black shirt walked past and I really thought he was a waiter. I stopped him and started ordering my food.

He burst out laughing and said he wasn’t a waiter but he ordered what I ordered and paid for our entire bill – probably hundreds.

It was so sweet, I was really touched. But it’s easy to judge a book by its cover.

People judge me before they know me based on my looks.

A lot of people will say, ‘I thought you were on your ass but you’re really on the ground’.

Another drawback is unwanted attention.

Sometimes guys expect you to talk to them if you accept a free drink and if you turn away they’ll say something nasty like: ‘You’re not special, honey’.

It’s not pretty but I didn’t mind it and just laughed and said, “Obviously I’m special, otherwise you wouldn’t be chatting with me!”. “

Better appearance, higher salary

Psychologist Jo writes.

It can get you more jobs with higher wages.

An employee can be paid 10% more if they attach an attractive picture along with their CV, studies show.

Research also shows that people with good looks have better life outcomes and have better psychological well-being and lower levels of depression.

It all sounds great to those who are endowed with beauty by nature, so what are the downsides?

Those who are quite privileged report that they are not valued, are overrated for their abilities and are unable to maintain what is expected of them.

It can also create a situation where girls don’t trust pretty girls or don’t want to be overshadowed by their looks.

This can lead to loneliness and problems with self-esteem.

I’m gorgeous and I know it – my awesome perks have earned me hundreds of free perks

https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/17415910/pretty-privilege-free-drinks-clubs/ We’re too pretty to pay for things like normal people

Emma Bowman

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