Okay, I named him Rico Swab-bay. His real name is Dr. Manuel Rico, as if that were a real name, and according to Vice.com, this “Spanish 24-year-old model turned gynecologist, has moved out of fashion and into pussy.”Apparently, the women of Chile now refuse to procrastinate on that annual pap smear and instead, can’t get into see Dr. Rico fast enough. He’s gone viral, ironically enough, and is a media sensation, not for his weird European modeling looks, which, no thanks, but for his ability to diagnose HPV while having no chest hair. One of the many, many questions Dr. Rico’s popularity poses: Will people take better care of their health if doctors are super hot?
Personally, no. I feel just the opposite. Give me a plump, middle-aged, single woman doctor with a patient list of weirdos (exactly who I have as my primary care physician) so that by comparison I appear much more normal and healthy than I actually am. As for Dr. Rico, a 24-year old former Gucci model, I’d prefer not to die of misdiagnosed cervical cancer, thanks. I’m all for objectifying attractive people, and employing the unqualified based purely on aesthetics. Why, just look at California’s Lieutenant Governor! But when it comes to those professions that hold my life in their hands, give me an old, hideous, nerdy doctor or pilot any day of the week.
Unrelated: Did you see Gerardo on Celebrity Wife Swap? He is highly religious, into gender roles, and super anal about his home. You can watch him SWAP WIVES with Sisqo for free on Hulu. You’re welcome.