Would You Rather…Be UGLY and rich, or HOT w/ less?

would you rather...It’s been 57 days since my last “would you rather”, and I have missed ’em dearly. So not only do we bring ’em back today, but we reach into the classics and pull out a favorite!

We go all the way back to ancient times when Old Babylon was ruled all of the lands…or not, i’m not entirely sure. I don’t even know if Babylon was even a real place? I’ve been reading “The Richest Man in Babylon” lately and it’s freakin’ awesome – soooo many great lesssons! I really can’t wait to talk about it, but that comes a bit later….

Back to the point here – the whole “looks vs money” debate has been going on for ages. And since I don’t recall writing much about it myself, I thought it was about time. Plus, I had asked it via an interview over at A Gai Shan Life last month but it’s still not outta my system yet. So let’s give it another go and see what we can drum up here. This is today’s Would You Rather:

“Would you rather be attractive as hell BUT you never make more than $30k a year for the rest of your life? Orrrrrrr, you’re pretty damn ugly BUT you’re as rich as Oprah Winfrey?”

Now, you have to think long and hard on this one (at least i do). Being attractive certainly has its perks: More opportunities to meet hotties of the opposite sex, better possibilities of getting great jobs, getting into more parties, getting away with more stuff (or so i’m told), etc, etc. BUT, if you’re never gonna make more than $30k, it kinda limits your benefits here.

On the other hand, being rich as balls and being able to help out thousands of people around the world, not to mention your own friends and family (and SELF for that matter), is crazy sexy! But having a repulsive stature sure wouldn’t be fun :( We’re not talking about so-so looking, or “average” either – just plain ol’ butt ugly, whatever that means to you.

As always, since I asketh thee, i shall also answereth thee. While I wish I could take the middle-road and just go w/ an average joe w/ average money, that is not one of the answers. Sooo, I will be 100% honest and look like a total d-head here – I would pick being HOT over Rich :) Money is awesome for a number of reasons already mentioned, but I could get by on $30k if i had to – I’m already frugal as hell! It would suck not being able to provide for my family as much as I’d like to, but we’d manage. Plus, I could still donate my time to places and still give back to the community, right?

So what about you? Take the looks and run, or suck it up and be rich!
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  1. linda July 6, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    I would rather be ugly and rich than hot with less because I could be Oprah-ass-ugly and as long as I’m Oprah-ass-rich I will still always be more powerful than if I were were Halle Berry-ass hot.

  2. Lisa July 6, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    I’ll take the money, thanks. And then use it to get plastic surgery.

  3. J. Money July 10, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    Interesting answers :) This was one of my all-time favorite questions I’ve asked on here (and buzz-worthy too actually) but we lost all the comments/responses in our WordPress conversion. So thanks for starting the convo again!

  4. LB October 9, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Rich as hell and ugly! Just the thought that I couldn’t end up rich would suck, but not being drop-dead gorgeous wouldn’t bother me.

  5. J. Money October 10, 2010 at 11:10 PM

    I think that was the majority of the comments too, so you’re not alone! :) (90% of them were deleted by accident during our Blogger to WordPress conversion unfort.)

  6. Therese Campbell May 15, 2018 at 11:18 AM

    I’ll take “ugly and rich.” I would just get a ton of plastic surgery and cosmetic dentistry and at least improve my looks to “average.” :)

    1. J. Money May 15, 2018 at 11:23 AM

      What if every time you do that it makes you uglier? ;)

  7. Chris February 3, 2020 at 1:36 PM

    I would take Ugly and rich as all my friends don’t care what I look like, and as I am single already, if I want companionship I could just buy it when necessary!

    1. J. Money February 3, 2020 at 2:11 PM


      Let me know when you get it so I can ask for a loan :)