Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Rebecca D’Angelo for The Washington Post)

Is there a dark side to being named one of the Hill’s “50 Most Beautiful”? Numbers crunched by a poli-sci professor indicate that 37 percent of the lawmakers named to the annual guilty-pleasure ranking of Beltway pulchritude over the past decade have since been defeated, resigned in scandal, or retired from office.

Oooh, the curse of the Most Beautiful! Well, probably nothing like that, to be honest. Eric Ostermeier, of the University of Minnesota, notes the numbers aren’t too far off the natural attrition rate for the Merely Okay Looking. Congress lost an average of 16 percent of its members during each of the electoral cycles over that same time — so for 37 percent of a particular group to have exited their seats over a decade doesn’t sound so surprising.

Still, the data also suggests that being named Most Beautiful isn’t exactly a boost, nor does it equate to being a political rising star.

And Ostermeier notes that the 2012 elections were unusually brutal for pretty people. Most Beautiful alums Mary Bono Mack, Connie Mack, Betty Sutton, Scott Brown, Hansen Clarke, and Nan Hayworth all lost their races while Heath Shuler retired and Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned.

Read more at the Smart Politics blog: It’s Tough Being Beautiful: Falling Down The Hill

Earlier: The Hill’s ‘Most Beautiful’ list questions: Was Jeff Flake not cute before now?

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