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Beauty has an ugly side when it comes to job applications: it prevents attractive women from even being considered for some positions, according to a new study.

Researchers found that good-looking women were unlikely to be hired for jobs considered masculine, such as construction boss, prison guard, car salesperson or tow truck driver, the study published in the Journal of Social Psychology says.

Good-looking women did, however, have an advantage over their less attractive female counterparts in jobs deemed feminine.

Men, on the other hand, face no such beauty-barrier: good-looking men always have an advantage over less good-looking men seeking work, regardless of whether the job they are after is a seen as masculine or feminine.

Source: The Age.

Gathered: August 16th 2010