Model Proves What We All Secretly Believe: Pretty Women Shouldn't Clean (PHOTOS)

street sweeperWe all know the story of Cinderella: Pretty woman has a hard, dirty job; prince finds her beautiful (once she cleans up) and whisks her off to be a princess. She never dirties her hands again, the end. Sound a little unrealistic? Well then, you obviously haven't heard about the Brazilian garbagewoman who became a model.


We love this true-life Cinderella story, but we're kinda troubled by it too, so let us break it down for you.

Once upon a time, Rita Mattos, a 23-year-old Brazilian woman, used to wake up before sunrise to unblock drains and sweep the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Sometimes the garbagewoman worked back-breaking shifts of 12 hours.

In March, pics of the gorgeous woman ended up on WhatsApp, and Rita was given the nickname of "Sweeper Babe." (Does anyone else think that's a brilliant title for a 2015 Cinderella reboot? We see Miley Cyrus in the lead.)

At first, Rita was outraged by the attention and actually asked people to stop following her on the app. "I'm a normal person like everyone else," she protested. "I'm not famous, I'm just a street cleaner."


Bom diaaa...e ótima terça feira!!

Posted by Rita Mattos on Tuesday, July 21, 2015


According to the Daily Mail, Rita wasn't just annoyed by the attention, but WHY she was getting it.

"People are surprised when they see a pretty girl working as a street cleaner," she reportedly told a newspaper in Brazil. "They say I could find a better job than sweeping and weeding. By why should street cleaners necessarily be ugly?"

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It's an excellent point. Subconsciously, we all think pretty people deserve "better" jobs than those who are unattractive -- or simply average-looking. Psychologists even have a term for this -- "beauty capital."

So well, it was only a matter of time, we guess, that Rita decided to cash in on hers.

Despite her original reluctance, she now has an agent. And is considering modeling offers, and posing nude.


That's great that she now has a potentially lucrative career in sight. But as far as we're concerned, the REAL happy ending here is that Rita is not yet quitting her day job. And why, exactly, does that please us so much?

Because pretty people can (and should) get their hands dirty, too.

Because women should have abilities outside their looks.

Because one's self-esteem should not hang on Internet followers.

And because, hopefully, it'll give Rita a reality check once the Internet finds itself another modern-day princess to "rescue."


Images via Rita Mattos / Facebook

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