By Mike Schuh

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The ugly truth–at least, one magazine’s take on it.

Mike Schuh reports that the readers of a certain publication are not impressed with Baltimore.

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The rest of the country is not impressed; not with our Hampden hons, our cheerleader honeys, our Josh Charles, nor our Stacy Keiblers.

The readers of Travel and Leisure asked a shallow yet effective question: rank the cities with the most–and least–attractive people.

Baltimore is worse than Philadelphia. Charm City has the fourth least attractive people–even calling us “kooky.” What would a beauty professional think?

“Yeah, I have to say I don’t believe that. We have tons of clients. Beautiful clients that walk through our door every day,” said Salon Method owner Jo Mandato.

Mandato has made countless people more beautiful. She goes with the beauty is on the inside answer.

“I think people are attractive because they’re good people, nice people, how they treat each other,” Mandato said.

Out on the street, Nichole Evanshaw used to live in Manhattan’s fashion district.

Evanshaw: “I can tell you that when I first moved to Baltimore, I was a little surprised.”

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Schuh: “By how people looked?”

Evanshaw: “Yes.”

Schuh: “In a good way?”

Evanshaw: “No.”

Now watch how she redeems herself.

“Well, it is a very ugly, shallow kind of question. And we were talking about that yesterday in the car. Because I said, ‘Oh look, this study came out.’ And he said, ‘That’s really a crappy way to judge people.’ It’s not fair, it’s not nice and it comes from an unkind place,” she said.

Take that ugly, shallow national magazine!

A UMBC professor tells WJZ that his research shows that being overly attractive isn’t all that beneficial either and that some people are discriminated against because they’re too pretty.

The most attractive cities–according to the magazine? Los Angeles, Miami and San Diego.

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