Magazine article Working Mother

The Price of Beauty

Magazine article Working Mother

The Price of Beauty

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Feeling guilty about spending a small fortune on face cream? Consider this: Good-looking people get more attention from their bosses, a recent study shows-and are paid more.

Women do invest in appearance. We spend $7 billion a year on cosmetics and beauty products, according to a report by the YWCA, a nonprofit with 25 million members. Cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures (including Botox and liposuction) have shot up 446 percent in the past ten years. And we spend, on average, $12,000 a year on beauty products and grooming.

The payoff of this investment, beyond the feel-good boost, may also be higher earnings. Attractive women earn 4 percent more than less attractive colleagues, according to a recent report. And more than half the respondents in a hiring managers survey advised job seekers to spend as much time and money "making sure they look attractive" as they do on revising resumes. …

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