When Beauty Is a Curse

Published: February 3, 2012

It. Some people have it, some don’t. The "it" factor is undefined. It refers to a personal radiance that surpasses looks alone. It is part charisma, but not entirely that. We often say they just have "something" that turns every head when they walk into the room.

David had "it." I could show you photographs, but they don’t do him justice; they capture his good looks, but they don’t quite capture "it." It was in his smile, his movements, his pose, his attitude — all of these things combined together, things you can’t capture in a photograph.

His smile melted his admirers, turning them into putty. When he walked into crowded rooms, I could see every eye drawn to him.

For several years he was my closest friend. Every day we talked on the phone for at least an hour or two. I knew every aspect of his life. One night we met at a party and went to his house, and I just sat with him until early morning. He talked; I listened. He must have told me everything that night alone.

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