Walking the Stylish Mile
Madonna and Rihanna both know full well what it feels like to be a girl in showbiz – but then again, both of them have always been more likely to go teasing social mores than pleasing her super’s eye.
When it comes to professional fashion conventions, girls don’t have it easy: business formal or business casual, work attire has to conform to the corporate dress code and it shouldn’t make too loud a stylistic statement or attract too much attention in the workplace. The same goes for hairdos, hair color, heel height, and jewelry: while personal expression is an asset, excess bling is never a good idea. Breaching dress and deportment code can cost a lady not just a go at a promotion or raise, but it can also cause her to fall from her employer’s grace – but it still doesn’t mean a lady shouldn’t have her hair reverted to natural color and/or style or get adult braces fitted for health or aesthetic reasons.
After all, is all that hustle truly worth it if you have to put your health on the line or lose your personality altogether just to stay at the bottom of the shark tank?
Lookism: The Double-Edged Sword of Scrutiny
The good news is, more and more ladies are giving pumps a hey-ho over professional-looking stilettos. The bad news? It looks like good looks aren’t necessarily a businesswoman’s edge. The 21st-century business arena may have began to regard female corporate gladiators with a more approving eye, but the water cooler grapevine won’t go easier on an office beauty than on her colleague on whom Mother Nature decided to bestow a somewhat less winning countenance.
Lookism is one of the most recent additions to the wagon of workplace discrimination grounds, and it isn’t frivolous as it might sound: in fact, above-average beauty can even get you fired if you don’t find ways to restrain your gorgeous hair and switch your cheeks from the rosy sheen to the weary hag mode.
Fortunately, the word about appearance-biased employment policies is leaking out, and public remonstration’s getting louder as the number of lawsuits for body fascism at the workplace continues to multiply.
Be sure to check part three of Claire’s series next Wednesday.
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