Good looks seem like they’d guarantee someone a romantic partner. However, one California TikTok influencer claims she’s so hot that men won’t even date her — because they’re allegedly “intimidated” by her beauty. She lamented her “gorgeous” aesthetics in a TikTok video with over 3.7 million views.
“Being incredibly hot is honestly a curse,” Hope Schwing, 24, wrote in the clip while describing the hardship of being allegedly too sweltering to handle. “No one talks about how hard it is to be literally so hot that you can’t get a bf because all men are extremely scared and intimidated by you.”
The self-proclaimed “chronically single” Los Angeles native told Jam Press she’s “never been in a serious relationship, except for ‘puppy love’ type stuff in early high school that didn’t last for more than a month.”
Unfortunately, much to the chagrin of influencer-shamers everywhere, Schwing’s video was actually posted satirically. “The video stating I’m ‘too intimidating and hot’ — I don’t actually mean that,” explained the comedy influencer, who boasts a whopping 9.9 million followers on the platform. “I just notice a trend among women saying these things to explain why they’re single.”
Her romantic Rickroll comes as a growing number of models and social media influencers claim they’re being punished for being “too beautiful,” resulting in them repeatedly getting rejected from dating apps amid accusations of catfishing. Recently, Tahlia Paris, a 24-year-old Playboy model, claims that dating app Bumble removed her profile despite the fact that her photos allegedly didn’t violate any rules.
Indeed, while Schwing uploaded the video in jest, the sentiment nevertheless resonated with the online masses.
“The way you said this was satire but it’s not … like I literally feel like this is true for me,” lamented one TikTok commenter.
“This isn’t satire it’s relatable,” seconded another, while one viewer declared, “You’re absolutely right.”
“I thought it was pretty obvious in my video it was satire and me being existential and dramatic, but clearly that wasn’t delivered,” said Schwing.
Fortunately, other commenters picked up on Schwing’s tongue-in-cheek tone with one poster snarking, “It’s a blessing & a curse babe.”
“I’m gonna believe this is true about myself bc any other explanation will be my last straw,” claimed one distraught poster.
“Convincing myself this is why I’m single,” commented another.
Schwing empathized with this unusual coping mechanism.
“It’s a more empowering — possibly false — way of hyping ourselves up and making light of being chronically single,” the Californian noted. “I’ve personally been told and heard women give reason that they’re single because ‘the guy wants to be the hot one’ or ‘I’m too hot, I’m intimidating him and scaring him away’ — just funny satirical stuff like that.”
Despite constantly joking about how she hates flying solo, Schwing claims she’s comfortable with being single for the foreseeable future.
“Being I’ve been independent my whole life, I’m used to being single,” declared the funny gal. “I don’t have a ton of experience dating because I don’t really have an urgency to date.”
Schwing added, “I’m a busy gal and I think when it’s time for me to date, it’ll come to me. I don’t think I’ll be the one chasing it.”