Case Study: Chicken or the Egg?

In this post, I will attempt to answer an age-old question:

Must one be a hottie to make it in this world?

Thank God someone is tackling this complex and relevant issue.


So, it’s African American Month and, at my school, pictures of successful individuals are plastered-and-glowing along the walls of the school.

Last Friday, as I scurried past a picture of Martin Luther King, Jr., I couldn’t help but take pause by the thought that he was actually quite a handsome man.

I also passed an enormous black-n-white of Malcom X:



I don’t know if that’s blasphemy or whatever, but these two seriously must have been the Brad Pitts of the late ’50s/early ’60s. I’d join that movement, ifyaknowwhatImean.

So, why don’t we ever hear of them referred to a such?

Oh yeah. That’s because they were also revolutionary leaders who changed the world. Silly me.

From Wikipedia:

“To his admirers, [Malcom X] was a courageous advocate for the rights of African Americans, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans. He was also universally considered to be one fine-lookin’ male.”

Juuust kidding.

(Though if we all band together, we could TOTALLY get that in there. It’s historically accurate, right?)

But. I must wonder, did one characteristic encourage the other?

Let’s begin our case study. The following pictures are of men who, according to sources such as TIME’s “100 Most Influential People,” are considered “successful.” A serious question for you, readers, is this: Hot or Not?


Billy Clinton

Freshman Senator Aaron Schock

Aaron Schock: Youngest Member of the House

Bill Gates

Bill Gates

The Prez

The Prez

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Now, I wouldn’t call all of these men hotties, but they are also far from grotesque. Are they successful because they are attractive? Or attractive because they are successful? Or have I just been in a long-distance relationship too long?


Maybe next time we’ll take a look at men who have suffered great demise and ask a question that is, perhaps, more difficult. Is there a connection between the mug and the downfall?


4 Responses to “Case Study: Chicken or the Egg?”

  1. Ann Says:

    Further evidence of hotness and its effect on success: most of the Kennedy compound.

    I know some out there find our former president attractive, but I am SO not on that list. His ears are goofier than Obama’s. And there’s the whole idiot thing too.

  2. Sarah Says:

    Yeah Adam Schock is definitely my new geek crush.

  3. McQ Says:

    Thank you for daring to delve into such a controversial subject. I personally find Malcolm X incredibly hot probably mostly because he would never have given me a second as I am part of the Great WHite Evil. Oh God, I have new list, “Dead guys Mrs. McQ would have dated and dead guys who would have dated Mrs. McQ.”

  4. Sarah Says:

    Ann- Former president as in… Dubya? Blech. That’s disgusting.

    Sarah- It is definitely amazing what that kid has accomplished at such a young age. Success and Hollywood-hotness. A killer combo.

    McQ- I think he would have gotten over his Great White Evil hang-up for a shot with you.

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