The NYT did a piece on model hunting in Southern Brazil which I’ll post below. The obvious issues with this is that it tells young people that success is beauty, something that is almost tantamount to promoting eugenics. If you’ve watched any TV show or movie in the last few decades, you can see the increase of four principal characteristics in almost every character portrayed, those being beauty, brains, power and youth. Don’t listen to old people (the ones who we used to consider to be the wise ones), if you aren’t beautiful or at least symetrical then you aren’t as special as someone who is, if you don’t have (financial) power or better yet, transformative assets, then you have to work 10 times as hard, etc etc. Give the people ‘bread and circuses’ (fluff, instant gratification) and they will stop thinking of things like hard-work, critical thinking and integrity as worthwhile characteristics.