Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, has raised some debate about her recent Vogue layout. Some are saying they fight hard to succeed and prove that it’s not about being beautiful or well-dressed. They shame Marissa for “playing to the stereotype” stating, for women to be treated as equals, they shouldn’t take advantage of their physical assets.
Well, if to be “equal” means women have to dress in dull pant suits and go without makeup or hair color, I don’t want to be equal. I prefer to have fun with style, embrace my femininity and be the best mom, wife and business owner I can. In my mind, it’s an advantage, not a detriment, to look my best.
What is wrong with women being strong, powerful AND beautiful??
Absolutely nothing and it’s time that more women embraced their feminine side in business! A woman who is both glamorous and a geek should embrace it!
I believe that when you look your best, you feel your most confident and that inner confidence helps you achieve things you never imagined possible. What if the women who are hating on Marissa put on a little lipstick, some red heels and embraced their feminine side at the same time that they use their intelligence to promote their business or career? I bet they’d make quantum leaps! Fashion and beauty are tools, just like PowerPoint, public speaking and SEO skills. Use them to enhance your life experience!
Read Marissa’s feature in Vogue where she talks about motherhood, fashion and leading a company that needs saving.
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