Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The burqas of the West

Photo: Ann Taylor's "modern update on the classic Mary Jane", 3" heel, $118.

Students learn to dress for business settings

By Caitlin Cullerot and Ebony Martin
The Daily Collegian, Tuesday, September 25, 2007
..."Modeling for Success," an event put on to teach students what clothing is appropriate in today's work environment...

Victoria Greer, the Human Resources Manager with JP Morgan Chase, recommended that students dress for the job they want next, not for the job they have today. She also recommended that students avoid shirts that show their midriffs and cleavage as well as shorts....

Kendra Rice (freshman-nursing) agreed that the fashion show was informative. "I learned things I didn't know...I didn't know that the heels of your shoes shouldn't be so skinny," she said.

Overall, [Michael] Morgan [co-president of the Black Male Leadership Symposium and the keeper of Exchequer for Kappa Alpha Psi] said he felt the event was successful.

Needless to say, wearing an "eastern"-style burqa, or a perfectly dignified sari, or even just a headscarf, to a job interview in America would pretty much seal your fate. I've even heard black women say they are taken more seriously at interviews if they straighten their hair and color it.

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