Samantha Brick

I’M BEAUTIFUL. DON’T HATE ME

Is this woman a total idiot? Or does she have a point?

Personally, I think she’s a total idiot.

 

Samantha Brick and French husband Pascal Rubinat. Photograph via Daily Mail.

Samantha Brick says that because she is tall, slim, blonde and pretty most females she meets are jealous. She claims to have been shunned in social circles, disadvantaged in the office and has never been invited to be a bridesmaid.

“I find that older women are the most hostile to beautiful women — perhaps because they feel their own bloom fading,” she writes in the UK Daily Mail.

“Women have always measured themselves against each other by their ...

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63 Comments

  • Reply April 4, 2012

    AmandaLee

    ‘Beauty is as beauty does’!!! Will someone please put this on a poster and send it to Samantha Brick.!

  • Reply April 4, 2012

    blue

    I think she’s an idiot too Wendy.

    Who is Smantha Brick anyway?

  • Reply April 4, 2012

    Joni

    I’m going to disagree with you, Wendy….I had a friend who was a model and a genuinely lovely lady but saw and heard first hand some nasty behaviours directed at her for being so beautiful.

  • Reply April 4, 2012

    MoniqueN

    I would venture a guess that her friends don’t shun her because she is beautiful, they shun her because all she talks about is how beautiful she is, how men adore her, how she gets special treatment from everyone who crosses her path… ‘the bottle of champagne wasn’t a surprise… not for me’ – too long around that repetitive self-absorption and you would start banging your head against the wall.

    True beauty comes from within, outer beauty fades. When that happens, I hope Ms Brick has a plan B worked out…

    • Reply April 4, 2012

      MoniqueN

      Oops misread the not for me part – that was not a quote from Ms Brick, my apologies

  • Reply April 4, 2012

    Julia Morris

    Thick as her surname jx

    • Reply April 4, 2012

      Janine

      Love it J!

  • Reply April 4, 2012

    Janine

    She isn’t disliked because she is pretty, my guess is that she is not liked because she is a witch with a capital ‘B’. My most beautiful friends are the women who go all out to help other people, treat everyone kindly and have a sense of humour with the smile and killer laugh to match. Oh, and they are the ones who are aging wonderfully too!

    One of the ‘young things’ at work once commented on my increasing weight. I am a well-built size 16 and nearly 6ft tall. I let her know that I was size 10 before I had my kids and she has all this (and more) to look forward to as she gets older. She was a little shocked.

  • Reply April 4, 2012

    Clare

    Am I the only one thinking: ‘She’s not that pretty’. I mean, she’s not ugly…

    • Reply April 4, 2012

      Mez

      Not the only one. It was my first thought.

    • Reply April 4, 2012

      zan

      Nope, first thing I noticed too. And not that young either

  • Reply April 4, 2012

    Helen

    Who is with me when I say that Wendy Harmer is a fox?

    • Reply April 4, 2012

      Janine

      Me!

  • Reply April 4, 2012

    Jane Caro

    I have two beautiful daughters. One modeled for a while and the other has a smile that lights up the room. (They make Samantha look positively average, frankly.) They are 21 and 24.
    They are popular with both men and women and their physical appearance is admired by many people (particularly by older women, who often say quietly to me – with real non-envious admiration – that they are gorgeous) just as they’d generously admire musical ability, sporting prowess or academic achievement.

    My eldest once got a bottle of champagne from the captain on a plane but that was because she helped deal with a young boy seated next to her who was travelling alone and had an allergic reaction. She persuaded him to confess to his allergies (his uncle had forbidden him to when he delivered him to the plane) and so enabled the flight crew to solve the problem via epipen. Nothing to do with her looks at all.
    I think Ms Brick is unpopular because her self-awareness is clearly deeply flawed.

  • Reply April 4, 2012

    Marina Go

    The suggestion seems to be that women base their friendships on looks. What a strange idea. For sure there are nasty, bitchy people in the world (not the exclusive domain of women), but I don’t think it’s only those blessed with the traditional concept of good looks who are the target.

    Let’s not use this odd tale as an excuse to judge this woman’s appearance. It’s fantastic that this woman feels so confident about her looks. We should want that for every woman on the planet. It’s what she does with that confidence that is questionable here.

  • Reply April 4, 2012

    Joni

    I know that this Samantha may irritate you but there is definitely a grain of truth in what she’s saying.

    Fairy stories also have this premise, remember Cinderella and the Ugly Stepsisters, Snow White etc?

  • Reply April 4, 2012

    A. Asad

    Samantha, dry your eyes, put away your mirror, take a deep breath and read what is being written about you – you might learn something worth knowing! (see Mrs brick’s response to the comments)

  • Reply April 4, 2012

    MoniqueN

    Women push her out of the way shrieking ‘it’s not fair for you to be in the same photo with me?’ sounds like a fairy story to me…

    On a secondary note, is anyone else profoundly disturbed by the fact that in her follow up article she included a picture of her husband dressed head to toe in camouflage and holding a rifle?

  • Reply April 4, 2012

    SandsOfTime

    Wendy your description of your sister is just so gorgeous. I’m in the same boat with an utterly beautiful younger sister who has much the same characteristics as you describe in yours – I’ll be sending your article her way for sure. As for the Brick article, I read it yesterday with jaw hanging open (no doubt in a very un-beautiful way!) and found myself wondering all day long – what on earth convinced this woman that publishing this article was a good idea??

  • Reply April 4, 2012

    Julie Morgan King

    Shoot the messenger, but not the message. We live in a world where even models find their pics airbrushed; where plastic surgery is becoming the norm; where young people. male and female are watching facile reality TV where the issue of looks is an obsession. Beauty salons are booked out as everyone has “procedures” ranging from laser to injections and it’s all considered normal. Many celebs have talked about the harshness with which they are judged eg Jessica Rowe, who constantly cops comments about her appearance and has spoken publicly about it. Anyone using social media will know that beautiful people are routinely called names; “ugly bitch” is common. The woman has a point, but she has approached the issue from a warped perspective. BTW I too have several gorgeous looking grown up kids, but discussing people’s looks – good or not so – in our home is a complete no-no.

  • Reply April 4, 2012

    Kath

    Why are we giving this woman, so full of internalised misogyny, airtime? She doesn’t serve any purpose to real conversation about appearance based prejudice and the expectation of women to conform to a cultural standard of beauty to be valued.

    Wendy – tell your story and your sister’s… but leave people like Ms Brick out of it – she’s a waste of our attention.

  • Reply April 4, 2012

    Sal

    Surely that kind of delusion suggests some kind of mental illness? It’s certainly not normal behaviour. I doubt her “friends” shun her because of her beauty; it’s more likely that they avoid her because she’s a raving loon.

  • Reply April 4, 2012

    julie

    For goodness sake. My dog is far more beautiful to me than most human beings- apart from my kids and grandkids. If someone has to tell you they’re beautifull they have an issue. People can see (inner) beauty for themselves. If outer ‘beauty’ is all you are valued for- then poor you

  • Reply April 4, 2012

    Linda

    I am agreeing with Sal, shunned for what is inside not the outside- delusion is a lovely place to live.

  • Reply April 4, 2012

    Lynnie

    She can’t be serious!!!!

  • Reply April 4, 2012

    Sandy Gandhi

    Brick veneer more like it.
    Namaste Wendy
    Samdy x

  • Reply April 5, 2012

    QP

    Really…… I have seen better looking women at a seniors home than this lady.

    We must watch how we use the word beautiful. Her looks are average at best.

    Elizabeth Taylor was Beautiful and So is Lena Horne

  • Reply April 5, 2012

    Susila

    Ah my fellow Hooplarians. I was going to say something but you’ve all said it so well! You crack me up girls.

  • Reply April 5, 2012

    sharon

    Whilst I somewhat understand her annoyance at her experience, I’m fairly jaundiced about it generally. She needs to experience some real prejudice, some everyday hardship before she complains about her life. A week in a childrens hospital maybe…?

  • Reply April 5, 2012

    elizabeth

    She works for the Daily Mail, a not so classy newspaper in the UK. Lots of publicity for them, which may be at the root of this. I think she is deluded myself. Would love to hear from some of her associates or “friends” if the poor girl has any.

  • Reply April 5, 2012

    Am

    Instead of choosing to show that women can be beautiful, intelligent and classy she has instead proved her friends right by being pretty and bitchy.
    Couldn’t she have found something more ‘female empowering’ to talk about?

  • Reply April 5, 2012

    julie

    How to win friends and influence people! She may not have any friends and be as thick as her surname, but she’s certainly got publicity no money can buy. Shame that stories of stupidity like this and the teenage girls on youtube yesterday seem to garner so much attention. No wonder our society is so screwed up.

  • Reply April 5, 2012

    Sharon

    To me she sounds like a fairly narcissistic person who doesn’t have much empathy – there are lots of people like this in the world and I usually have very little in common with them.

    However, I am surprised at the number of comments here which are so derogatory – I don’t see how personal insults help at all?!

    Wendy, your sister sounds like a lovely person :)

  • Reply April 5, 2012

    MoniqueN

    For a different perspective try reading her article ‘My husband says he’ll divorce me if I get fat’ – it actually brought me around to feeling profoundly sorry for her as it seems her entire life has been one never ending beauty pageant in which she always places second…

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1342630/My-husband-says-hell-divorce-I-fat.html

    • Reply April 5, 2012

      Sharon

      MoniqueN, I just read the article you linked – wow!

      I can’t help but wonder if the boorish behaviour of her husband over their years together has enhanced her narcissism (probably the real reason that her friends are dropping her) – if only she could see it!

      • Reply April 5, 2012

        MoniqueN

        I think her self esteem has become completely warped by the relentless scrutiny on her weight. Her husband will stay with her as long as she stays perfect – and she has internalized the message that if she isn’t beautiful then she won’t be loved because she is nothing.

        It certainly explains the article – her husband wants a woman on his arm that other men will envy. If she no longer fits the bill she will be replaced with version 3.0 – so her only option here is to do whatever it takes to convince herself (and by extension her husband) that she is still attractive to other men. She’s a status symbol, a trophy and it sounds like a desperately lonely life…

        • Reply April 5, 2012

          Sharon

          I agree wholeheartedly MoniqueN – what made me especially sad for her was that her father feels the same way as her husband :(

  • Reply April 5, 2012

    Sally

    Wendy very well written indeed. I completely agree, Ms Brick must have the personality of a brick – a particularly unremarkable one at that, probably more cream brick than red.

  • Reply April 5, 2012

    Polly

    Gawd I’m still laughing… this IS a joke right? no really.. it supposed to be a joke yes?
    dear god save me……….

  • Reply April 5, 2012

    Candice

    But she isn’t even pretty…man, she has tickets on herself.

  • Reply April 5, 2012

    Min

    After looking at Ms Brick Ive realised wot a bloody stunner I am!

  • Reply April 5, 2012

    Gwen

    The article MoniqueN alerted us to indicates why her husband married her ( and it wasn’t for her brains, sparkling conversational skills or her generous nature) and what a p**** he is. I suspect she has very poor self esteem indeed and it explains why she is suprised by the backlash she has received (but we are not).

  • Reply April 5, 2012

    Maureen

    Physical beauty is so subjective. I never consider anyone’s physical appearance, only their outlook and personality- that is what true beauty is!

  • Reply April 5, 2012

    Siham Owen

    I don’t know what mirror Ms Brick is looking at but she’s no raving beauty very plain and boring if you ask me, seen her kind all over the world nothing unique about her….

  • Reply April 5, 2012

    Heather

    I find some women (many?) are extremely jealous and competitive. I can totally relate to those who say those couples watch me like a hawk and give me death stares, as if I am just waiting to steal their man. I never flirt, I’m quiet and reserved and very sweet and kind-hearted. When I go out, many of the older women also give me filthy looks as if I am competition. As if! And I am just average looking! I have my good points, as do most women. If these horrible, jealous women would learn to let their hearts love a little more, they would come across more beautiful too. There is nothing uglier than cruelty, arrogance and jealousy.

  • Reply April 5, 2012

    Tara Moss

    I’ve got to say, this article at The Guardian sums it up the Samantha Brick phenomenon nicely: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/04/samantha-brick-thrown-to-wolves?CMP=twt_gu

    At Heathrow airport yesterday Brick was everywhere. The Mail heavily promoted her reaction-to-the-reaction piece, in which she foolishly compared herself to Brad Pitt. They gave a full page to the demeaning hate mail she’d been sent. It’s a sad set up, if ever I have seen one.

  • Reply April 5, 2012

    Jane

    you might have been born with a cleft palete Wendy but you’re still sexy as hell

    • Reply April 5, 2012

      Wendy Harmer

      Get outta here, you gorgeous thing!

  • Reply April 5, 2012

    Robyn

    Aw, boo hoo, I can hear those tiny violins again… Maybe people aren’t avoiding Ms Brick because she is beautiful (I would have said “pretty” myself). Maybe they’re avoiding her because she has a simply enormous ego. If she spent more time talking to people decently and less time looking in the mirror and congratulating herself, maybe she would do better socially.

  • Reply April 5, 2012

    Pam Newton

    This remind anyone else of that wonderful Jerry Harrison & The Casual Gods track – Man With A Gun
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNjfVqzJR8g

    A pretty girl, a pretty girl can walk anywhere
    All doors open for her
    Like a breath of fresh air, her beauty, it precedes her
    Wrapped in her beauty, everywhere, she is welcome
    First class on the plane, closed door of the club, all faces turn, all faces turn
    And they come alive, with a desire to protect her
    Nothing can interfere with a dream of dreams so near
    And when she caught my eye, we were those for whom the rules do not apply.

    Pretty girl young man old man man with a gun
    Two people in love (Two people in love)
    The rules do not apply to people in love

    • Reply April 5, 2012

      Joni

      YES! and I love that song…

  • Reply April 5, 2012

    gardnerm

    I really can’t see her beauty, she’s not ugly but she is certainly no true beauty with a soul like hers.

  • Reply April 5, 2012

    gogirl

    Ah, the sisterhood at work yet again. I don’t understand why we care. Who is she hurting really, aside from herself. Let it go ladies.

  • Reply April 6, 2012

    Keryn

    Hilarious (because it is totally bizarre)!

  • Reply April 6, 2012

    Keryn

    I once knew a woman who told us she didn’t get an air hostess (yes, back in the day) job because she was so blindingly beautiful she would make all other the other air hostesses jealous – what the???

    • Reply April 6, 2012

      Daphne Alaksa

      When you get old enough you end up with lots of wrinkles, some grey in your hair and possibly a great deal of arthritis. If this poor woman actually wishes to delude herself by considering herself magnificently beautiful good luck to her. Perhaps she doesn’t have a great life apart fom that. Life is a marvellous thing, and really looks are not all that important in the scheme of things. Surely being smart , able to get on well with people and having interesting things you love to do are of far greater importance. Hope you all have a great Easter break and do all the things you love with the people you love to be with.

  • Reply April 6, 2012

    michelle murray

    you r a goose, You are not one bit attractive. You just want attention.

  • Reply April 6, 2012

    Carmel

    Could this be an April Fool’s joke? If not – Samantha Brick is a total fool, and an extremely conceited one at that.

  • Reply April 7, 2012

    Julie McG

    I find it difficult to comment on beauty because it is such a vexed issue. Some people definitely are so beautiful they cause people to bump into things as they walk past. Then, there are many different kinds of beauty: Marilyn Munroe, Helen Hunt, Whoopi Goldberg, Aung San Suu Kyi – I find them all beautiful. And it is so true that it doesn’t matter in the slightest. What does matter is when someone makes me feel something in a profound way, lighten my day, help me understand the world or crack me up with a witchy laugh. That describes Wendy Harmer to me; and, I reckon she looks pretty cute as well. Thanks for all you do Wendy, you are a champ.

  • Reply April 7, 2012

    supasu6@yahoo.com.au

    I always wondered where the saying “AS THICK AS A BRICK” came from. Never occurred to me that it might have meant vain.

    Who’s that guy she’s with. He sure ain’t pretty.

  • Reply April 13, 2012

    Joni

    This article sums up nicely what Ms Brick is saying. http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life/too-sexy-for-her-own-sex-20120413-1wxj6.html

    BTW, it’s not her looks or beauty, it’s her sex appeal that she is getting the male attention for.

  • Reply April 19, 2012

    Sleuthcity

    My 21 year old son pointed out the story to me. We still can’t figure out if she was having a lend of us that poor Ms Brick. You gotta laugh at the Brick just as we laugh at the Hoff. At least the Hoff is self aware enough to realize the joke and make fun of himself. And yes, Wendy is a fox.

  • Reply May 2, 2012

    Mischelle

    Isn’t devoting a story holding someone up for ridicule in just as bad taste as the person being ridiculed? Many of the views shared are true with most comments minus personal quips, but surely this isn’t a gossip page? Women are discriminated against on both sides of the beauty spectrum..We should be uniting not divided..Reaching out to each other in fighting the disturbing increase in male domination turning young women into sex objects for Daily Terror readers. The ugliness of violent foozball, which is propped up by family destroying super sports clubs stacked with hundreds of pokies where sad people spend their life’s savings to pay big ‘HE’ men 500k a year to kick a ball.

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