Succeed With Style: When Did Nail Polish Become Part of Politics?
Monday, September 10, 2012
Being in the business of image development, I'm a strong proponent of portraying yourself in a professional manner. However, what gets lost in translation is the fact that someone's appearance should not become the primary focus. As long as a politician's image reflects their goals, then stop there and move on to more important things like the issues at hand. Being well put-together should be expected, not considered an achievement. Our image should support our message and mission, not serve as a form of superficial distraction.
I don’t look to women in politics to give me fashion advice. I'll rely on lifestyle magazines and shows like What Not to Wear for those fun details. I look to women in politics and news media for information and guidance in their areas of expertise. I don’t think fashion should be a primary focus for the First Lady. I think she should look appropriate and authentic. But I am not looking to her for my style cues. Her image should command confidence and credibility. I hope in the coming months the news media does not pit Michelle Obama’s style against Ann Romney’s style. I think that would be a sad story to focus on when our country needs a jump-start. There is a time and place to focus on fashion and it is not during an election.