Sunday, September 16, 2007

Glamour Hair...Not

By now, you may have heard about the fallout from comments made a Glamour staffer during a presentation on dos and dont's of corporate fashion at the law firm of Cleary Gottlieb. In case you missed them, here are a few of the gems as noted by Vivia Chen The American Lawyer onAugust 27, 2007:

First slide up: an African-American woman sporting an Afro. A real no-no, announced the Glamour editor to the 40 or so lawyers in the room. As for dreadlocks: How truly dreadful! The style maven said it was “shocking” that some people still think it “appropriate” to wear those hairstyles at the office. “No offense,” she sniffed, but those “political” hairstyles really have to go.

Some people may think this is racist, but really the staffer was stupidly clueless more than anything. Really, what's political about dreadlocks and braids? Maybe she should try living in Atlanta during the summer with black folks' hair and see how long she lasts! But then, we're talking Glamour magazine. I haven't used the magazine as a resource for my fashion, makeup, skin, and hair care in...ever. Besides the general dearth of articles relating to black hair and skin care, there's nothing for plus size women or women not willing to spend a third of their paycheck on a skirt. Even the recent issue of the magazine that a friend left at my house, the issue with Queen Latifah on the cover with Mariska Hargitay and Claire Danes, had a stunning lack of articles helpful to women like me.

And I sure as hell ain't giving money to a magazine that spends 200 pages telling me how my hair, clothes, weight, skin, hobbies, and sex life all suck.

But never fear, Glamour is doing damage control. From Angela, a black romance reader, comes this letter from the Editor of Glamour:


I read your post about a Glamour editor’s comments on hairstyles for work, and I’d like to share with you our thoughts. First, we regret the comments were made. The employee, a junior staffer, not a beauty editor, spoke to a small group of lawyers at a private luncheon without her supervisor’s knowledge or approval, and her comment — that Afros are not work appropriate — does not represent Glamour’s point of view.

Secondly, immediately upon learning of it, we sought to rectify the situation. The editor has been dealt with in a very serious manner, and the entire staff has been reminded of the magazine’s policies and procedures for making public appearances.

Glamour is proud of its diverse readership and celebrates the beauty of ALL women. We have responded directly and openly with readers to assure them of this fact. We have also apologized to the law firm, and we extend the same apology to you.

If you know others who were offended by this incident, To ask you to please pass along this letter. So they, too, know how sorry we are.

Cindi Leive
Editor-in-Chief, Glamour

Wanna bet they do a whole series of articles and beauty advice for black women? More than likely it'll appear in the February issue. You know, during Black History Month.



Blogger Miriam said...

Hi Roslyn. I am a bw in a pretty unique position. I want to help bw but not sure how. Any ideas? Thanks.

And horray for the Glamour magazine that you got them to acknowledge and apologize for the comment.

LoL @ February!

9/16/2007 6:31 PM  
Blogger Seressia said...

Hi Miriam,

I know a lot of bloggers got mobilized about this (I just blogged a little late.) One blog listed some suggestions is Black Girl Haven

Another is What about our Daughters

Blogging about it helps. Conversation starts with information. And if congress is really going to hold hearings about the misogny in hip-hop, people should know.

Hope that helps!

9/16/2007 8:56 PM  
Blogger Miriam said...

Hi Seressia,

Thanks for the suggestions!

I did post a comment to WAOD. What a wealth of info out there.

9/17/2007 12:52 AM  
Blogger Farrah Rochon said...

My first thought was unbelievable, then I realized it is actually very believable, which is just so unfortunate in 2007.

Thanks for bringing it to light!

9/17/2007 11:54 AM  

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