Appearance Discrimination in Modern Global Workplaces: Lookism as an Overlooked Aspect of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Author(s): Cynthia H. Sims

Edition: 3

Copyright: 2022


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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. Furthermore, lookism is not unique to the United States.  It is a common diversity and inclusion issue that is perpetuated, practiced and accepted in social institutions around the world. 

Appearance Discrimination in Modern Global Workplaces: Lookism as an Overlooked Aspect of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion informs readers of the various types of lookism, how and why they persist, and the negative organizational and personal effects that result. This is accomplished by discussing how cultures attach value to beauty, skin tone, weight, height, age, and physical ability. Lookism will be explored as a phenomenon that grants unearned privilege to physically-desirable people in global workplaces.

Appearance Discrimination in Modern Global Workplaces features:

  • Brief descriptions of applicable global legislation
  • Discussion questions and activities in each chapter
  • Real-life cases of lookism
  • Suggested reading list
  • Recommended videos and websites
  • Key Terms and Definitions
  • Learning Objectives


Chapter 1 Global Beautyism
Chapter 2 Colorism Around the World
Chapter 3 Workplace Weightism
Chapter 4 Heightism and the Benefits of Being Tall
Chapter 5 Ageism and Youthism
Chapter 6 Why Ableism Exists Despite Legislation
Chapter 7 Body Expression and Workplace Discrimination
Chapter 8 Appearance Discrimination, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation
Chapter 9 A Lookism-Based Glass Ceiling for Women
Chapter 10 Diversity Training and Other Empowering Initiatives

Suggested Reading List
Recommended Videos, Movies, and Websites

Cynthia H. Sims

Dr. Cynthia Howard Sims is a retired associate vice president of academic affairs and professor of workforce diversity/women’s studies. She has interviewed numerous women and men in the United States, Africa, Asia, Central America, and the Caribbean about their experiences with lookism. She has published several articles and book chapters about the impacts of lookism and colorism on women’s career aspirations, development, and opportunities.

Related ISBN's: 9781792490934, 9781792494246

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