(one's) face doesn't fit

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(one's) face doesn't fit

One's physical appearance or behavior is not well-suited for a specific job or task. That girl's pretty enough, but her face just doesn't fit for a couture ad campaign.
See also: face, fit

your/somebody’s ˈface doesn’t fit

used to say that somebody will not get a particular job or position because they do not have the appearance, personality, etc. that the employer wants, even when this should not be important: It doesn’t matter how qualified you are, if your face doesn’t fit, you don’t stand a chance.
See also: face, fit
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You'll meet women who have had glittering careers in a range of sectors who are knocking on doors and being told that their face doesn't fit.
"Sometimes your face doesn't fit. I last felt I played at my best at Nottingham Forest.
"My face doesn't fit" - Actor Timothy West on working in Hollywood.
"My face doesn't fit" Actor Timothy West on working in Hollywood.
What you would have is a brutal regime and concentration camps for anyone whose face doesn't fit!
The 26-year-old, who scored the winner at Crystal Palace yesterday (above), recently suggested his "face doesn't fit" with O'Neill, noting how the Ireland gaffer questioned him in training for wearing gloves.
MATT DOHERTY has hit out at his lack of game-time with Ireland, saying: "My face doesn't fit."
Martin was told by commissioner Tom McDonald his "services are no longer required" because his face doesn't fit. It followed an odd "prediction" when he registered the recent birth of his son Sam.
"Sometimes it doesn't work or your face doesn't fit for whatever reason and that seems to be what has happened.
"It's difficult as I'm not just a player, I'm a fan and I'm frustrated because I want to be there but at the moment my face doesn't fit."
"Honesty is all you can ask as a player, it's like 'listen I'm doing well for my club, do I have a chance?' "If your face doesn't fit then it's important to know that, and if it's down to 'you know we prefer other players' then that's another thing.
For me, he's a big part of the team, and from the outside you'd have to say it must be his face doesn't fit or something isn't quite right.
Sometimes your face doesn't fit at a club, or you can be part of a particularly exceptional group, or your status just comes down to a couple of opinions.