The physically beautiful people get the outward attention. They are stared at, paid money to be stared at, and made famous because enough people stared at them.
The mentally beautiful people get the intellectual attention. They are saught for their intelligence, paid money for their knowledge, and made famous because enough people think them smart.
The emotionally beautiful people get all the good attention. They are wanted because they are charming, wanted even more because they are suave, and tyrannically chased by hordes of people because they are charming, suave, and funny – all in one package.
The rest are ignored.
You’re mother was wrong.
Life IS a popularity contest. That’s why so many of us are pissed off.