ESSENCE Poll: Do You Feel Your Appearance Affects Your Success at Work?
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder—and in the eye of your employer.

A new study released by Vanderbilt University shows that obese and overweight women work lower-paying, more strenuous jobs, in less visible areas of the work force.

According to the study, when a woman “becomes overweight,” she is less likely than skinnier women to get a public facing role in white-collar job fields. In fact, a larger woman is more likely to be found working in labor-intensive jobs, like child care or fast food, and these jobs tend to have a lower pay scale.

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“The data shows that employers don’t want to hire heavier women to be the face of their company,” says Jennifer Shinall, the study’s author.

Meanwhile, a man’s weight has no impact on his work environment at all.

This got us thinking, do you think your appearance affects your success at work? Do you feel pressure to keep your hair, clothes and body looking a certain way on the job? Take the poll and let us know your experience in the comments below. 

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