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Author(s): Cynthia H. Sims
Lookism is a broad term used to describe physical appearance discrimination. It is synonymous with beautyism and encompasses colorism, weightism, heightism, ageism, and ableism, each granting power and privilege to those who are considered physically appealing and assumed to be more intelligent, capable, and socially acceptable. These forms of inequitable treatment not only negatively impact one’s self-image but one’s career aspirations, job opportunities, and work environment.