The most classic L.A. stereotype, long perpetuated by out-of-touch New York journalism, is that we're the most superficial city in America.
Thanks, LivingSocial, for making it official.
Last week, the coupon service (young, hip step-sister to Groupon) ranked residents in the nation's 20 most media-saturated cities for vanity, likelihood of getting plastic surgery and superficiality. The results are pretty spot-on.
The survey found that "LA residents lead the nation in boob jobs, Botox, nose jobs and facelifts."
However, we rank way down at No. 6 for vanity. Aka, surveyed Angelenos don't think we have very many hot people here. Glad to see at least one group of pollees saw through the fake tans and Ed Hardy fare. (Though this does come as a somewhat bittersweet loss, seeing as Miami took the crown for No.1 most vain city. We recently partook in a heated argument with the Miami New Times over which of our cities was douchier. So this doesn't look good for us. Dammit.)
Anyway, here's the really good part. According to LivingSocial, "LA ranked #2 behind D.C. in superficiality -- only 48 percent of LA residents feel people in the area are superficial."
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Couldn't agree more. Take it from former Hollywood mogul and D.C. lobbyist Jack Abramoff, someone who knows the dirty bits of both cities better than his own groin sweat (full LA Weekly interview here):
Do people lie more in Hollywood or Washington?
In Hollywood, they put the knife in your front; in D.C., they put it in your back. I found far fewer duplicitous people in Hollywood.
Which town is more corrupt?
D.C. In Hollywood, they're not working for the public. They're working for private companies.
So there you have it: We may be Botoxed as a blueberry, but at least we blubber about it all over reality TV instead of locking ourselves in the bathroom and desperately trolling Craigslist for any shard of human connection. (Yes, we're looking at you, Congressman.)
We're still No. 1 in traffic, though. Don't even try to take that away from us.