Are attractive women intimidating
Because my husband is ten years older than me, his social circle is that bit older too. As a result I find dinner parties and social gatherings fraught and if I can’t wriggle out of them, then often dress down in jeans and a demure, albeit pretty, top. Take last summer and a birthday party I attended with my husband.At one point the host, who was celebrating his 50th, decided he wanted a photo with all the women guests.
Taken: Samantha with her French husband Pascal Rubinat.Rather than argue, I worked out the rest of my contract wearing baggy, sombre-coloured trouser suits.It was clear that when you have a female boss, it’s best to let them shine, but when you have a male boss, it’s a different game: I have written in the Mail on how I have flirted to get ahead at work, something I’m sure many women do. With one phenomenally tricky boss, I eventually managed to carve out a positive working relationship.When I asked her right-hand woman why, she pulled me to one side and explained that my boss was jealous of me. Privately she begged me to stay, blaming the nasty comments on her hormones.She was in her early 40s and confided she was having marital problems. I find that older women are the most hostile to beautiful women — perhaps because they feel their own bloom fading. We’re in the village hall yet Sam’s dressed for the Albert Hall,’ was one I recently overheard.
This isn’t the first time such paranoia has gripped the women around me.