You might think that good looks would help you land a romantic partner. But an American woman has said she is too hot to find a man, claiming they are “intimidated” by her beauty.
Californian influencer Hope Schwing, 24, described the difficulties of being “pretty” in a video on TikTok, which has had more than 3.7 million views. New York Post reports
“Being insanely hot is honestly a curse,” wrote the self-proclaimed “chronically single” LA native. “No one talks about how hard it is to be literally so hot that you can’t get a boyfriend because all the men are extremely scared and intimidated by you.”
But not all of the clip was as it first appeared. Before commenters could throw shade at the influencer, it turns out her video was posted sarcastically.
“The video that says I’m ‘too intimidating and hot,’ I don’t really mean that,” explained the comedian, who has 9.9 million followers on the platform. “Just a trend among women who say these things to explain why they’re single.”
The satire comes as a growing number of models and social media influencers claim they are being punished for being “too beautiful”, leading to them being repeatedly rejected from dating apps amid accusations of catfishing.
Recently, Tahlia Paris, a 24-year-old Playboy model, claimed that dating app Bumble deleted her profile despite her photos allegedly breaking no rules.
Indeed, while Ms Schwing uploaded the video as a joke, not everyone “got” the joke, with many viewers bemoaning the hardships of the heat.
“The way you said this was satire but it’s not…like I literally feel this is true for me,” wrote one TikTok commenter.
“This is not satire; relatable,” said another, while one viewer wrote: “You’re absolutely right.”
“I thought it was pretty obvious in my video that it was satire and I was existential and dramatic, but clearly that wasn’t delivered,” Ms Schwing said.
Thankfully, other commenters picked up on the wry tone with one writing: “It’s a blessing and a curse baby.”
“I’m going to believe this is true about myself because any other explanation will be my last straw,” one person said.
“Convincing myself of this is why I’m single,” wrote another.
Ms. Schwing empathized.
“It’s a more empowering, possibly fake, way to hype ourselves up and make light of being chronically single,” she said. “I’ve personally been told and heard women explain that they’re single because ‘the guy wants to be the hottest’ or ‘I’m too hot, I’m intimidating and scaring him off’ – funny satire. stuff like that.”
Despite constantly joking about how she hates flying solo, Ms. Schwing says she’s comfortable being single for the foreseeable future.
“Because I’ve been independent all my life, I’m used to being single,” she said. “I don’t have a lot of dating experience because I don’t really have an urgency to date.
“I’m a busy girl and I think when it’s time to date, he’ll come to me. I don’t think I’ll be the one chasing him.”
Of course, not all influencers’ claims about being “too pretty” are made sarcastically.
In November, a TikToker was attacked online after declaring herself “too cute” to bother with a job.
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