Look the Part, Get the Job?

It's no secret that looks matter in fashion - you don't have to be Gemma to get a career in clothes, but you can't pull a look together, you probably
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It's no secret that looks matter in fashion - you don't have to be Gemma to get a career in clothes, but you can't pull a look together, you probably
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It's no secret that looks matter in fashion - you don't have to be Gemma to get a career in clothes, but you can't pull a look together, you probably won't pull a resume together, either. But is that fair / ethical / legal? Yesterday, the Scotland on Sunday discussed the issue. Apparently there's an uproar over employers requesting photographs alongside resumes, a practice that only seems to happen for fashion jobs. Some within the industry claim they only want photos so they can remember whom they interviewed - but when Scotland's clothing chain, Cult, tried using that defense, they ended up on the wrong side of the law. A fashionable Scot says, "Firms ask for photographs from potential employees so that they can weed out candidates who they believe are less attractive, overweight or older." The other day, at that nameless dowtown boutique where I work, we debated the importance of attractive salespeople. Sometimes it's just about the clothes - do you look like the image you're selling? But sometimes, stores don't want a salesgirl (or boy) unless they look just like the ads - have you been to the Abercrombie store uptown? And then there were stories two seasons ago, when Dior Homme was hiring just one new sales boy, and the entire male population on Orchard Street went on the baby food diet before their interview. But that leads to another issue - pulling together an outfit may be required for your work (would you trust a stylist in a bad outfit?). But where does the line stop between looking good and just being good looking when it comes to your work in fashion? --BRITT ABOUTALEB