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(Megyn Kelly & Putin Video) Are High Heels & Bleached Hair Unprofessional for a Woman at Work?

I was watching the video on how Putin embarrassed Megyn Kelly.

Lucio advised here that Megyn's high heels & bleached hair are not doing any favours for her image as a professional journalist.
They are not very suitable for a professional environment.

General Thoughts

I was thinking that high heels are quite common for women at work.
Even though high heels do make a woman more attractive.
Maybe it's the height that matters, and whether the shoe looks more on the outlandish side.

I also didn't know that bleached hair conveys a sexual nature.
Maybe because it's associated with parties and letting one's hair down.

This is my thought.
I think one should look at the attire as a whole.
If there are certain elements that scream loudly, that would not be a suitable element at work.

If one is a manager at work, one should address any attire that seems out of line or conveys the wrong image.
Though I think this is more for serious industries or businesses.
For fashion and entertainment, people may even aim to dress loudly.

Slightly off-topic, this may also mean that attractive women may be seen as less professional at work whether that's fair or not.

Megyn Kelly's Case

Megyn Kelly was supposed to interview Putin on serious political issues.
As such, she should have dressed more formally.
Something that painted an image of her being a serious journalist.

Yes you're right, high heels are fine.

And there is no written code that says "bleached hair" conveys a sexual nature.
But people tend to prefer blondes, and blondes are rarer, and bleaching one's hair requires work.

So that says that she was putting a lot of effort into the "looks" part.
Specifically, into looking sexually attractive.

Plus, there is the association between bottle blonde and bimbo.

Put it all together, and over-sexualization "cannibalizes" professionality.

Someone might say that it "shouldn't" be like that, but we don't deal much with shoulds here :).

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Quote from Lucio Buffalmano on July 22, 2021, 1:30 pm

Someone might say that it "shouldn't" be like that, but we don't deal much with shoulds here :).

Yeah if only sex and professionalism don't have to be antagonistic :).
But there are kind of are.

So that says that she was putting a lot of effort into the "looks" part.
Specifically, into looking sexually attractive.

Plus, there is the association between bottle blonde and bimbo.

Put it all together, and over-sexualization "cannibalizes" professionality.

It did look like she spent time getting ready for a date rather than an interview.
Or going out for a night out at the club.

Had to Google bottle blonde.
Her hair colour unfortunately does make her look like a bimbo.

Stereotypes seem to be important when it comes to one's image.
Maybe moot point since a stereotype is by definition people's typical perceptions of things.

Joan Holloway from Mad Men (another of your video) seems to pull off a good balance of looking attractive while staying professional.
She looks feminine but not sexual.
I think that's the difference.

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