The fact that beauty is currency in our society—really, in any society—is a given. Numerous studies have shown what we sensed from the Hunger Games-like arena of the playground: Being pretty is as good as being rich, possibly even better. Attractive people go further in their careers and make more money than those deemed less so. We think they’re better at their jobs than they really are. Even children as young as six months old pay more attention to attractive adults than to unattractive ones. Then there are the independent studies. Mine have shown that when I look cute, I get extra cream cheese on my bagel. My attractive friends get complimentary drinks, entrance to clubs ahead of the pack, and the occasional marriage proposal from a stranger. I’m sure you’ve gotten something from a man with a compliment or a wink. It’s the currency of beauty: It’s pretty money.