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Is image everything when you are looking for work?

Bald Barbie

So this begs the question, “would potential employers recruit a female candidate who don a bald look?”.  Here in Singapore, it is common practice that a picture is included in your CV when you submit an application.    Therefore, employers has a preview of what you look like even before you are shortlisted, let alone score an interview. There are two schools of thought from hiring managers perspective.  One is looks has a higher priority and experience is second.  On the side of the argument, some would say they look at qualifications and looks are not part of the criteria. I follow the latter where I don’t judge the looks before looking at experience and qualifications. Unless you are a supermodel, then your portfolio of pictures is your CV.

Let’s be honest, we live in a narcissistic world and it is in human nature that we look at someone or something that pleases our eyes.  However, if the reason for having a bald look is to make fashion statement or to raise money for charity, would that change the employers perspective? Perhaps the image when someone has a bald look equates to someone being sick like a cancer patient.  Where do we draw the line of acceptance? Do  people discriminate bald women because we don’t follow the norm?  Or is it one’s preconceived perception that women look better with hair.

Whatever the reason maybe, don’t judge a book by its cover.

Just a footnote, it was a family member asking “why don’t you grow your hair back?” and insistent that I grow my hair back. If I am comfortable and confident in carrying the bald look, why should it bother everyone else.

Bald is beautiful even on Asian women

“Hair is our crowning glory!”  A statement that holds water in modern western society.  I’m one of those women who used to spend many hours at the hairdresser having my tresses trimmed, coloured, bleached and treated to achieve a look.  Then there is the maintenance of the look – shampoo & conditioner for coloured hair, mousse, gels, leave in conditioner and blow drying.  I am sure this sounds so familiar to most women and maybe to some men out there.

On 9th October 2010, I decided to cross to the other end of the spectrum and join what I call the elite group people – the bald people. No, I didn’t lose my marbles like Britney. Shaving my head was my way to mentally prepare for the expected hair loss as chemotherapy progress.  You would have seen some of the pictures in inaugural day.  I have to be truthfully honest to say that I do feel liberated being bald.

When someone dons a new look, it is normal to expect some sort of reaction.  Stares, pointing fingers and even giggling behind my back are just the typical reaction I receive for being a bald woman who happens to be Asian.  If an adult stares at me, sometimes I stare back or make funny faces to throw them off guard. With young kids, they would either stare and pointing.  I just smile back at the kids and enjoy their innocence.

It is human nature to look at something or someone who pleases the eye.  So this begs the question, “why do men/women look at bald women differently versus bald men?”  Yes, I can hear the argument that it is more socially acceptable for a guy to be bald.  When we see Hollywood celebrities like Britney Spears, Sigourney Weaver, Demi Moore or Natalie Portman  shave their heads, their status is elevated for being cool and some say “they get paid to do so”.  There is only one Asian celebrity whom I believe carry a bald look and yet stay beautiful is non other Persis Khambatta from Star Trek. So, why is then that women especially Asian women over react when they need to shave their heads.   Ladies, “is hair a sign of beauty ?”  It just hair, it will grow back.

Well for the last 4 months, I haven’t had the need to pick up a hair brush or use any sort hair related products. I don’t have bad hair days ever :).  I love being bald that I will keep this “Persis Khambatta” look for a while.

To those women who embrace the bald look regardless of the reason, I salute you!  No matter what others say you are courageous, amazing, strong and beautiful.


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