(Original post by milesofsea)
Because looks, unlike computing skills, can't be valued objectively. If a person is mathematically gifted or has worked bloody hard to be so, they are undeniably 'good' at it - it's objective and qualified.
If someone thinks they're good looking, and then, not in an acceptable 'im happy with my looks' way, but in a 'damn I should be PAID for my beautiful face!' way (as opposed to being scouted), they are fundamentally a massive narcissist.
Not only that, but they might or might not even be
good looking; what makes someone good looking is vastly subjective
. So its laughable, exactly because
egos are involved in something that cannot be measured (unlike mathematical ability).
Gawping for a camera, unlike computing, doesn't involve brains or talent or hard work; it's an easy way to make lots of money (as you've shown in your example of your friend).
The fool who is willing to pay a model extortionately for gawping at a camera is quite free to; its his business and his money. However, to aspire to be a model, a person commits a double crime; thinking he is good looking enough (whether he is or isn't is besides the point, the ego is the culprit), AND going after easy money rather than working hard for something that might benefit others or even his own mind.
Both qualities, the ego and the laziness, aren't something to be admired imo. Sure, if someone said to me 'come model and I'll pay you loads and your uni debts will disappear' I might say yes. The difference is, my ego didn't drive me, and it wouldn't be permanent because thats what my degree and my hard work was for.