pretty face, more than a/not just a

more than just a pretty face

Having distinguishing achievements, intelligence, skills, or abilities beyond what was or may have been assumed. (The assertion that someone is also very attractive is sometimes meant to be humorous rather than literal.) Yeah, I know how to fix your computer. I'm more than just a pretty face, you know! The actor was a teen heartthrob when he was younger, but he has a PhD in engineering now. I guess he's become more than just a pretty face.
See also: face, just, more, pretty

not just a pretty face

Having distinguishing achievements, intelligence, skills, or abilities beyond what was or may have been assumed. Although the opposite of the phrase ("just a pretty face") always indicates physical attractiveness, this version primarily emphasizes a person's contributions, with the assertion of attractiveness often being intended as humorous. Sure, I know how to fix your computer. I'm not just a pretty face, you know! Bob: "I didn't know Jerry had a PhD in engineering." Dave: "I guess he's not just a pretty face."
See also: face, just, not, pretty
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not just a pretty face

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not just another pretty face

INFORMAL
If you say that someone is not just a pretty face or not just another pretty face, you mean that they are intelligent as well as attractive. Diane is not just a pretty face, she is training to be a barrister. She's not just another pretty face. The model makes her living these days as a highly regarded personal fitness trainer
See also: face, just, not, pretty
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not just a pretty face

intelligent as well as attractive.
See also: face, just, not, pretty
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not just a pretty ˈface

(humorous) used to emphasize that you have particular skills or qualities: ‘I hear you passed all your exams.’ ‘Yes, I’m not just a pretty face, you know!’
See also: face, just, not, pretty
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pretty face, more than a/not just a

Describing a person with more substance than mere physical beauty. Dating from the second half of the 1900s, the phrase was used for the title of a biography of screen actress Hedy Lamarr by Courtney Baalman (May 1999), which described her as a woman accomplished in many fields. In 2004, Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards, known for his good looks, was described as “not just a pretty face” by columnist Laura Lasky. A Wall Street Journal article about women winning more seats in the Czech parliament was headlined “More Than Just Pretty Faces” (July 9, 2010). And an ad for a hand-crafted fireplace door read, “Face It. Not Just Another Pretty Face.”
See also: just, more, not, pretty
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