Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Bitchin Wednesdays - I am not based on my looks

I hate how society instantly labels us based on looks.

Ever since I dyed the bottom of my hair blue, I've been receiving a lot of looks, mainly from conservative Asians. And it's not the "wow, cool hair!", it's more of like, "She probably does drugs. Look at her nose piercing too."

If I can say so myself, I think I'm a fairly friendly person. I've been told I have a warm personality. A forgiving nature and a helpful spirit. I'm a happy-go-lucky girl.

But, because of the choice of colour I chose to dye my hair, I'm being mislabeled as a drug user, a school drop out, party girl, "Asian fail".

It sucks. In 3 months, I'll be starting a co-op and to be honest, I'm worried that many employers would not consider me because of my hair colour. And we're not talking about a part time position at McDonalds', I'm talking about a professional, corporate business internship with snobs professional workaholics.

However, at the same time, I figured, why would I want to work with a company that judges on my looks rather than my resume and personality. Hair dyes show no link to personality and if you disagree, please give me a scientific research article that links hair colours to personalities.

I know many bodybuilders that are inked with tattoos and at first glance, you'll think they'll beat the living crap out of you, or that they're stupid as hell and probably have a criminal record.

No. These people are genuinely nice people. They would go out of their way to make you smile. They'll be there for you at 3am. They know how to respect girls. They'll defend you in any way. They don't do drugs or go on crime sprees. The only time they'll get violent is if you cross their line.

And let's not forget the "bike gang" image. These people are fairly nice too. From my experiences, I don't know them personally but from a quick conversation, they tell me about their life, their family, their childhood. They have no criminal records, hell, they don't even carry weapons. They just love riding on their bikes in a "gang".

When I get into my HR career, I told myself, I'm not going to judge people based on their looks. I'll judge them based on their resume, our interview sessions and references. In no way would I ever discriminate solely on physical appearances. That's unfair and bullshit.

So, my fellow readers, remember to not judge someone based on their looks. Just because they have 10 facial piercings doesn't mean they're going to eat you alive or if they dye their hair bright pink doesn't mean they're on crack.


  1. As much as I hate to admit it, you are going to be judged on your looks for the rest of your life. If you are looking to get a job in the corporate professional world, it's best to dress the part. You can change the hair color later. I figure I would rather get into a job, let them get to know me and love me, then spring a new look on them.

  2. I'm sorry that people are judging on you because
    of the awesome looking hair and nosepiercing :c
    People are so smallminded really.... Its sometimes
    sad how society is raising people. Anyway I wish you
    best of luck with your job c: Xx


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