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My friend Gini wrote a blog post about the double-standard women in business face.  It was based on the hullaballoo that has been circulating about the recent interview and photo shoot with Marissa Mayer, the new chief at Yahoo! in Vogue magazine.

Go ahead and read the post and the subsequent comments.  Here’s what I had to say.  What say you?

I agree, there is a double-standard.  But please explain to me why it was necessary to have her sprawled across a lawn chair?  I doubt Branson or Cuban have been photographed that way.  Yes, this is a fashion magazine so I would expect the story to cover what powerful women wear to work.  And I get that she didn't want her standard corporate headshot.  But there were plenty of other ways to demonstrate that smart is sexy (thank you Ashton Kutcher) than this type of photo.


Connie Britton (American Horror Story, Nashville, Friday Night Lights) was the cover story in a recent issue of More Magazine with the caption "Smartest Woman in Hollywood."  I'm a big fan and was eager to read the story.  And sure enough, the first three paragraphs are about her hair and showed her pictured in what apparently is the obligatory sprawling-over-furniture photo.


Don't get me wrong.  These women (and others) are beautiful AND successful. And they should be able to be both without it being a big deal.

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1 Comment

  1. As a PR professional, I would never have my client (male or female) depicted like Marissa in Vogue. It doesn’t do anything to further the credibility of her office or her role at Yahoo. The goal in PR should be serving business needs and strategies professionally – always. Cheers, David

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