‘I know that I’m not pretty’ Jo Brand discusses ‘knock-backs’ as a teenager

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Jo Brand, 64, has opened up about how she faced emotional knock-backs as a teenage due to her appearance. The comedian admitted that while she doesn’t find herself “conventionally attractive”, she doesn’t dislike her appearance.

I know that I’m not what kind of men go for because I’m not thin and I don’t have long flowing locks

Jo Brand

The admission came during a chat with Angela Scanlon on her Thanks A Million podcast.

“It’s a very weird thing that if you’re absolutely gorgeous, then you don’t really get any sense of how it feels to be desperate,” Jo explained.

“Obviously, I’m not saying that happens all the time, but I think also if you’re kind of like me – I don’t dislike the way that I look – but I know that I’m not pretty.

“I know that I’m not what kind of men go for because I’m not thin and I don’t have long flowing locks and lovely eyelashes, and all that bollocks.

“So, it’s very hard for really attractive women to understand the mental state of not so attractive women, and the other way round.”

She acknowledged that whilst she experienced “quite a lot” of knock-backs when she was younger, she understands they weren’t all meaning to be horrible.

“[It was] just them being so dismissive,” Jo shrugged.

“When you’re really keen on someone to be dismissed as a teenage girl, it’s pretty hard work, emotionally.”

Jo, who regularly appears on comedy panel shows QI, Have I Got News for You and Would I Lie to You?, also went on to discuss how she feels women “work harder” than men and that they are very resilient.

She said: “I think women are better than men, I always have.

“I think women are less complaining, they work much harder, they’re not as up themselves.”

She added: “I just think women have so many kind of unsung, heroic things about them to recommend them.”

The Thanks A Million with Angela Scanlon podcast is available on Apple, Spotify and all podcast providers.

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