Most people think that beautiful women have it all over their less attractive counterparts, but that isn't really the case. According to a 2010 University of Colorado Denver Business School study, beautiful women actually have to deal with discrimination when it comes to being hired for and attaining recognition in particular types of jobs. More specifically, attractive women were found to face an uphill climb in fields that are perceived to be masculine; these include research and development, finance, engineering, and construction, among others. Interestingly, but also disturbingly, attractive men were found not to face this type of discrimination.
Nevertheless, despite the special challenges they may have had to deal with, numerous attractive women have managed to excel in their particular fields. In fact, in the 2015 edition of Forbes's list of the world's most powerful women, several of the females named are especially attractive.
Here are ten of the hottest women who have managed to find themselves in powerful positions within their respective industries:
10 Michelle Obama
9 Sara Blakely
8 Shakira Mebarak
7 Tory Burch
6 Angelina Jolie
5 Marissa Mayer
4 Sofía Vergara
3 Beyoncé Knowles
2 Yao Chen
1 Taylor Swift
While Taylor Swift was influential when she was churning out country hits, her shift to full-blown pop music has transformed her into a media monster. Her album 1989 has sold 4.5 million copies, and in so doing has outsold Swift's two most previous albums (2012's Red and 2010's Speak Now) despite being available in stores for under a year. And just a few weeks ago, Swift's star-studded music video for Bad Blood, the fourth single from 1989, broke Vevo's 24-hour viewing record with 20.1 million views on its first day. Keeping with her good-girl image, Taylor has also been busy with various causes, including those involving children's literacy, art education, and LGBT rights. In recognition of Taylor's efforts, First Lady Michelle Obama presented her with The Big Help Award in 2012. No wonder the beautiful 25-year-old is recognized as the world's 64th most powerful woman.
Sources: nytimes.com, voanews.com, archive.org, forbes.com, inc.com, newsweek.com, abcnews.go.com, telegraph.co.uk, billboard.com
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