But according to Millie, all of this unearned praise and attention can present problems in relationships.
“When you’re a model, or just extremely good-looking, people are constantly telling you that you’re beautiful, but those people usually want something from you,” she told me.
The other day, at a Fashion Week party, my friend Alan and I stood against a wall, scanning the room for hot people, as you do.
“It’s weird,” he said contemplatively, staring into a sea of models.
However, he was bald and a little shorter than me, and ultimately just not that hot.
It never bothered me when we were alone, but as things got more serious, I began to feel nervous about introducing him to my friends.
Or, more simply, have we just realized that dating freakishly beautiful people isn’t all it's cracked up to be?
He just constantly needed validation.”Personally, the people I’ve been most attracted to—not the superficial kind of attraction we feel to a pretty person on a page, but a deep, chemical attraction—have not been conventionally beautiful.
“You’re surrounded by ingenuine people, and therefore lack the knowledge of how to form good, honest relationships.” Because of all the attention, she said, beautiful people often become obsessed with how other people perceive them, which can ultimately lead to a pronounced insecurity.
“At one point I felt like I was dating a teenage girl,” she said.
But according to Millie, the reality of being romantically involved with the world’s most desired has its downsides.“What’s annoying is that when you’re with a really hot guy, other girls have no qualms about coming up and hitting on him right in front of you,” she said.
“Or girls will turn and blatantly stare at your boyfriend in the street.