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"Some [whites] didn't understand what the big deal was ...but all the black associates saw the controversy."Cleary Gottlieb's managing partner, Mark Walker, who heard about the incident from some of the attendees, also saw trouble. And Walker says he has no idea whether the editor who sparked all this controversy is a well-known fashionista. "I really don't know people in the fashion industry." (If you have to ask, she's the editor of Vogue.)So did the Glamour editor realize how many feathers she ruffled?"She wasn't thinking and said something hare-brained."Or is that hair-brained?Vivia Chen The American Lawyer August 27, 2007Geeky Wall Street law firms don't usually make the style pages.Write Glamour an email, making it clear that your natural hair is not a "political statement," and cc: three of their major advertisers.Call your local station and ask them if they're planning a story on Stepha Henry.
I can provide a recent example from my own field that shows how fast and effective spreading the word and expediting a response can be in making change: It seemed like a nice frothy summer treat for some hardworking gals at a hard-driving law firm . The topic: the dos and don'ts of corporate fashion.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. The style maven said it was "shocking" that some people still think it "appropriate" to wear those hairstyles at the office.Whoever can start the "anti-defamation clearinghouse" will have plenty of support from all of us.
But, of course, as knockoutchick noted, there are so many actions we can each take now.
Wrote one blogger: "I suspect that the Glamour editor had no freakin' idea that law firms are far more accepting places these days than the mainstream fashion world."Law firms cooler than the fashion world?