Bad perm, ugly sweater wearers please apply to Allure!

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December Allure

Today’s post is actually a kudos to the December issue of Allure Magazine’s Editor-in-chief’s letter on page 48 dubbed Office Max! I know, but sometimes ya gotta give credit when credit is due.

EIC Linda Fears writes a lovely letter this month about hiring people sporting bad perms and gnarly sweaters! Well, actually Fears tells the story that one of the most talented people she ever hired had a bad perm. Like circa 1987 frizzed out spiral variety. And that when the hiree opened her mouth to speak during the interview she was so brilliant that Fears looked past the perm. Now, despite the fact they joke about it, she can barely recall it.

She goes on to tell of a male friend who wore a red cowl neck sweater to a job meeting interview, and despite the ugly garment got the job.

These examples notwithstanding, most of us try to look nice for such events as a job interview or a public speaking gig, no matter what industry we’re in since studies show how you look really does affect how smart, likable and competent you come off.

But Fears says she’s worked with the most talented editors and writers whose appearance often isn’t glamorous or even professional but that a good attitude and talent take the cake.

She goes on to say she knows other executives in the fashion industry who won’t hire anyone overweight (though I think she means over size 6) or who insist that every employee including the unpaid college intern wear stilettos to the office (remember Miranda Priestly–AKA: Anna Wintour)?

But Fears acknowledges that while their staffs may look impeccable, she wonders how many bad perms and red cowl neck sweaters they overlooked along the way.

Kudos Linda Fears! Here’s hoping the next curvy bad sweater wearing fashion editor-wannabe with talent and tenacity applies at Allure and gets the job!

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About stilettonation

Jennifer Nelson is a writer working on Stiletto Nation: Inside the Perfumed Pages of the Women's Magazine Industry to be published Fall of 2012 by Seal Press. Stop in and read about the great, the awful and the insane in the fragrant pages of the women's glossies.

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