A law student says she is being picked on for looking stylish and beautiful. She says women need to stop being critical of each other’s appearance – after claiming classmates started judging her for making too much effort.
First year Paula Ursu, 18, has only been at university for a few weeks, but says she is getting strange comments and looks based on her appearance.
She says she has been asked why she makes so much of an effort and that she gets looked down upon for wearing make-up, heels and doing her hair. Speaking to student newspaper The Tab, Paula said:
“People would say to me ‘oh you look dressed up for university’ and I would get strange looks from girls who then wouldn’t talk to me.In the beginning, I tried to explain myself, but now I just think it’s none of anyone’s business how I choose to look.”
Paula considers herself to be a feminist, and dresses well because it helps her stay focused. She said: “It doesn’t even take me that long to get ready, maybe 20 or 30 minutes
I wake up, shower, have breakfast and then try to pick out a new outfit every day, do my hair and make-up and that’s it. It’s just a ritual. “If I like the way I look I’m more confident and I work better. I do it for myself, not anyone else.” There’s already a lot of people who don’t treat women as equal and it’s sad when other women try to bring each other down.We should be empowering each other, and the way I dress makes me feel empowered.”