Woman told she's 'too pretty to be a bus driver' hits back

Sarah Carty
·Lifestyle Editor
·2 min read

A bus driver has to deal with comments daily from people who think she's 'too pretty to be a bus driver'.

Jodie Leigh Fox, 24, from Essex in the UK, started her career as a bus driver when she was just 21 after always having an interest in driving buses.

Woman bus driver in the UK
A bus driver has to deal with comments daily from people who are shocked by her appearance. Photo: Caters

Jodie, who worked as a carer before becoming a bus driver, saw an advertisement on the back of a bus and decided to apply.

"When I left my job as a carer, I realised that I had always been intrigued about driving buses. I would always sit near the front near the driver and I loved driving so I made the dream come to life,” Jodie said.

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Since then, Jodie has gone on to drive buses, coaches and even limousine but regularly receives unwanted comments from men when she is working,

Jodie Leigh Fox, 24, from Essex in the UK
Jodie Leigh Fox, 24, from Essex in the UK, started her career as a bus driver when she was just 21 after always having an interest in driving buses. Photo: Caters

"I've had so many comments from passengers - mainly men,” she said.

"When men get on the bus, I always get the same reaction which tends to be 'you're so pretty' or 'I've never seen such a beautiful bus driver in my life'.

"People have said that I'm too pretty to be a bus driver but I get some nice comments from other females complimenting me and my nails or my hair and make-up.”

Jodie is trying to fight the stereotype, as she hopes to continue being a bus driver for the rest of her life.

Woman bus driver in a white shirt and makeup
Jodie said she wants to be a bus driver until the day she retires. Photo: Caters

"I had to do a lot of tests to become a bus driver; it's not easy like people might think. You have to do an English and maths test and about five different modules before eventually doing your theory,” she said.

Jodie has managed to build up a following on TikTok as she shares the reality of being a bus driver.

I didn’t think I would blow up the way I have,” she said.

"I have posted videos before but not in work uniform and it wasn’t until I posted that I was a bus driver that people went mad for it.

"I love my job; I'm hoping to do this until I retire!"

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