Male model turned maths lecturer says he's 'too good-looking' to be taken seriously
The male model and 'world's hottest maths teacher' has opened up about the plight of attractiveness in academia.
Pietro Boselli (26) is a lecturer at University College London after completing his PhD in chemical engineering, but has been modelling since the age of six.
He shot to internet stardom last month when one eager student shared his photo on Instagram, labelling him the 'world's hottest maths teacher' and has said that his good looks have held him back in his career.
"People generally assume you can't be intelligent if you're a model," he wrote in a first person piece in the new issue of Grazia.
He said that during his undergraduate studies, he left his long-term modelling agency in a bid to be taken seriously.
"I was so scared of being undermined or taken less seriously than other students when at university that I kept my modelling career under wraps," he explained.
"I cancelled my contract with the agency, took my pictures offline and erased my modelling experience from my CV."
But it's not just in the professional sphere that he is objectified (referencing one student who asked how he got his biceps after a lecture), but in his personal relationships as well.
"I've found that male friends often just want to hang out with me as they think I'll attract the best looking girls," he added.
"And girls can be cruel too. It gets tiresome dating someone who's only interested in showing pictures of your abs to her friends and who never wants to talk about work or anything interesting."
While Boselli's piece might be slightly self-pitying, he said that his looks aren't all bad.
"I know I'm good looking, to deny it would be a false modesty. I recognise that I'm genetically blesses and I know that can open doors for me. I realise looks do matter. We live in a shallow world. But I also know they won't last and how important it is to build something that will."