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What is pretty privilege? Model Emily Adonna shares the ‘disadvantages of being pretty’

Model lists the ‘disadvantages of being pretty’ after being told she’s ‘too beautiful’ – and the huge difference in how she’s treated when she doesn’t make an effort

  • A model has opened up about the ‘disadvantages of being pretty’
  • Emily Adonna shared a series of TikTok videos about her negative experiences 
  • Emily claims she was sexually assaulted and people don’t take her seriously  
  • ‘Pretty privilege is a thing, but it comes with disadvantages,’ she said

A model and business owner who’s been told she’s ‘beautiful’ her entire life has opened up about the ‘disadvantages of being pretty’.

Emily Adonna, who lives in California, unintentionally caused a stir online after discussing a serious experience.

In a series of TikTok videos Emily claims she was sexually assaulted by a stranger and says people haven’t taken her seriously in the past. 

‘Pretty privilege is a thing, I’m not here to deny that, but it comes with disadvantages,’ she said. 

In a series of TikTok videos Emily claims she was sexually assaulted by a stranger and says people haven't taken her seriously in the past

Emily Adonna, who lives in California, (pictured) says she’s ‘sick of being pretty’ because of the ‘disadvantages’ of pretty privilege. In a series of TikTok videos Emily claims she was sexually assaulted by a stranger and says people haven’t taken her seriously in the past

‘I’ve never once been in a job where I haven’t been harassed. I’ve rarely been in social situations where I haven’t been harassed,’ Emily claims. 

‘People don’t usually take “no” as an answer with me, because they think I’m something to be possessed.

‘People do not ask before touching me in public, I am grabbed regularly, I’ve been assaulted by a stranger.’ 

Emily claims she once passed up a business opportunity because others believed she was ‘too young and beautiful’, and thought she would ‘be distracting for other people in the industry’.

Emily said she has also noticed a difference in how others treat her when she’s all dressed up compared to when she’s wearing casual clothes. 

'I've never once been in a job where I haven't been harassed. I've rarely been in social situations where I haven't been harassed. People don't usually take "no" as an answer with me, because they think I'm something to be possessed,' Emily claims

‘I’ve never once been in a job where I haven’t been harassed. I’ve rarely been in social situations where I haven’t been harassed. People don’t usually take “no” as an answer with me, because they think I’m something to be possessed,’ Emily claims

‘I am treated differently, and it is night and day, from when I go in public with a mask and raggedy old oversized clothes, and looking how I am right now,’ she said.

‘When I look raggedy, people don’t touch me, they don’t feel entitled to me.’ 

In a follow-up video Emily claims often when she opens up about negative experiences she’s asked questions such as ‘what were you wearing?’, ‘were you being too nice?’ and ‘why were you alone?’ 

‘It’s the idea that because I’m present and I’m pretty, there is a sense of entitlement to that space, or that I’m automatically associated with something sexual – that’s the part I don’t like,’ she said. 

‘People say ‘Well you’re a model, so you should be used to the attention or you should want this attention. That’s what you do it for right?’, no.’ 

In a third video Emily admitted she’s ‘tired of being pretty’ so much she decided to get a rose ring and hand tattoo that was ‘culturally designed to destroy beauty’.   

Emily said she has also noticed a difference in how others treat her when she's all dressed up compared to when she's wearing casual clothes. 'I am treated differently, and it is night and day, from when I go in public with a mask and raggedy old oversized clothes, and looking how I am right now,' she said

Emily said she has also noticed a difference in how others treat her when she’s all dressed up compared to when she’s wearing casual clothes. ‘I am treated differently, and it is night and day, from when I go in public with a mask and raggedy old oversized clothes, and looking how I am right now,’ she said

The initial video has been viewed more than 279,000 times and the topic seemed to divide opinions.

‘Girls who aren’t pretty by societal standards also get harassed in most social and professional situations. it’s not a pretty privilege side effect,’ one person wrote. 

‘Why do pretty women think only pretty women are assaulted?’ another commented. 

But a third woman stood up for Emily and wrote: ‘So many haters here. They’re only hating because you’re pretty; they’re partially proving your point without even realizing it.’ 

Another said: ‘Disadvantage – everyone not taking your pain seriously because you’re pretty so ‘it’s not that bad’ and they don’t genuinely care because jealousy.’

‘Valid – every person has problems. Everyone deserves to be heard without comparison,’ another woman added. 

If needed help is available in Australia by calling the National Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence Counselling Service 24-hour helpline on 1800 737 732.

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