In my experience (even though I haven`t had much in terms of years), as a woman in the business world, sex appeal has its advantage and disadvantages. For one, you may get ahead because of your looks in the beginning, but it takes that much more work to prove to people, afterward, that you have more to offer.Unfortunately, in your chosen career field (television), looks have a major role.
Sex sells. However, personally, I would trust a woman news reporter that looks more experienced and distinguished before I took a younger, less experienced woman seriously. I completely agree with the counterquestion: "What are you selling?"
For women, the question of appearance has always been an issue. What to wear without looking too sexy, while not looking prudish or masculine. No matter what a woman wears, she is marked with a label. Prude. Flirt. Bitch. Maneater. All have negative tones in the business world. Just look at the negative feedback Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin got regarding their wardrobe choices and both are fairly attractive women. I think the best option for women, young or old, is to ignore those labels and to just take care of yourself and dress as appropriately and sharp as you can, while still feeling attractive (whatever that means for each woman). There`s really nothing else you can do. Afterall, as pointed out before, if you look good, you feel confident. If outward appearance is a struggle, then do your best with it and work on your other strengths. Personality can have a huge effect on whether a person is perceived as attractive and having the skills to sell your point or close a sale is just as confidence-boosting as a good hair day. Cleopatra and Elizabeth I weren`t actually that attractive in real life, but they still gained severe power by using their other assets.
It`s a fact that sex appeal has an effect on everyone, whether they want to admit it or not. Attractive people get more attention. You just have to figure out where your attractiveness comes from.NumberJ2/24/2009 1:45 PM