November 2, 2013
Heidi Klum For President
Chances are you are well aware of the blonde bombshell essence that is Heidi Klum. She is stunning, successful, and has a killer German accent. Besides being an internationally famous model and a Victoria’s Secret Angel, she is also a successful businesswoman and mother of four. Let’s not even mention the fact that she facilitated one of the most popular shows currently on television, better known as Project Runway. It’s almost unfair. Actually, scratch that. It is unfair.
Despite my jealousy, it is my duty as a citizen to make this shameless pitch for her presidency. Ms. Klum would be an ideal candidate (minus the whole “born in Germany thing”). She is charismatic, family-oriented, brilliant, and beautiful. Furthermore, she likely has the funds to run a successful campaign.
Maybe Tim Gunn could be her manager? I would show up to see those paisley ties. She is also confident and knows how to negotiate to get things done (sounds like an improvement to me). In this leaderless country, I would put my chips behind Heidi Klum.
Let’s talk about the fact that I would “arbitrarily” choose to trust Heidi with the United States government. I don’t know her political views, but she just seems like a trustworthy person. I do not believe that I am alone in this thought. You’re probably reading this thinking that it’s not a half bad idea.
To put it frankly, people trust pretty faces. Even kids, who should theoretically be isolated from the influence of societal values, are more likely to trust attractive people. In the redOrbit article, “Kids Trust A Pretty Face,” Lee Rannals explains that even the smallest of us are a bit superficial.
Researchers were curious what kids perceptions were of attractive and unattractive strangers. In order to test this, a group of 32 children were given 12 pictures of white females between the ages of 18-29 years. Within these 12 pictures, six of the women had been deemed attractive and the other six had been deemed unattractive.
These same kids were then given pictures of objects and asked to name them. Following that exercise, the kids were shown pictures of the attractive and unattractive women. They were asked to identify the stranger who was most likely to know the correct answer.
Unfortunately for “but-her faces,” kids were more likely to choose the attractive face over the unattractive face. Girls were found to be shallower than boys in this study. Researchers noted that this could be because they were simply more observant in comparison to the boys.
This research would imply that we are innately biased towards pretty people. This may not be revolutionary news, but I think that we should be aware of it. Despite our “personality over appearance” campaigns, we struggle to get past the surface level. According to this research, even children struggle with superficiality.
Heidi Klum’s “pretty face” certainly aided in her success. The real question is, how far will looks take you? Do they allow you to be a simple stranger that kids trust? Or can they be used to build a million dollar empire and run for president?