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Navigating being a Black woman in a corporate, professional space can present a challenge. For all of our progress, there are still plenty of stereotypes that are associated with Black women. In addition to the notion that we’re angry and argumentative, there’s also this idea that some of the ways we express ourselves, whether through our hair, our attire, our accessories and beauty, are inherently unprofessional.

Granted, there are some forms of dress that don’t travel from the corner to the conference room. But still, if we’re really trying to diversify these various environments, we have to be willing and ready to accept diverse aesthetics. Political commentator Symone Sanders understands this lessons. If you’ve ever seen her speak on television or on a panel, you know she doesn’t fit into a particular mold. With a low fade, a bold lip and nails that are long and bedazzled, she doesn’t look like everyone else on television.

Sanders had a particular message for the Black girls still caught up in the idea that we have to turn down ourselves in the corporate world.

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