Marissa Mayer's Vampy Vogue Pic Sells Out Geeks
Pepper Schwartz can understand why, but wishes she hadn't
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2013 1:59 PM CDT

(Newser) – Marissa Mayer lounges seductively in her new Vogue photo spread, a choice of pose that is proving controversial. A debate is raging over whether the fashion shoot takes away from the actual profile of Mayer, or whether, as a successful female CEO, she should be able to pose however the heck she wants. Pepper Schwartz can see both sides, but she's somewhat "disappointed" in Mayer, she writes on CNN. "Here's a woman who has made it to the top because of her brains, does she still need to self-validate by having a beautiful fashion gig?"

That sends an unfortunate message to women who are just as smart as her, but not as beautiful. Does the fact that she agreed to the shoot mean "that 'making it' and 'having it all' needs to include being publicly admired for one's allure"? That's a sad thought, Schwartz writes. "We women would like to feel that for at least some of us, sheer competence would make looks a non-issue in our lives. We would like to think that a brainiac like Marissa Mayer wouldn't need, perhaps would not want, to have a very public glamor shot as a career capstone." Click for Schwartz's full column.

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Aug 22, 2013 1:22 PM CDT
She is not "validating herself" by looking attractive. Maybe she just thought it would be fun. There is no rule that you can't be smart and attractive/ sexy. Good for her, for being both. Guess what? I'm a nerd, pretty intelligent and more or less a feminist and I still like to look hot. If this were a male CEO posing shirtless and showing off his 6 pack, we'd all be congratulating him for being successful and sexy. Anyone who is not doing the same here, needs to reassess their values.
Aug 22, 2013 7:50 AM CDT
Ladies, feminists don't have the decency to tell you this but I will: YES it is a giant help for your career and in life if you look beautiful.YES it does matter. Sorry. That's just the way men are.
Aug 21, 2013 8:30 PM CDT
Marissa Mayer is not an ugly woman, but she is extremely plain looking. It always scares me how with the proper make up, lighting, etc.....they can make an ugly duckling or a plain jane look absolutely stunningly beautiful. It's all smoke and mirrors, she's in no way beautiful, not even a little bit. Over half the women (especially celebrities) that you are convinced are beautiful, aren't even close either. Everyone has known someone they see all the time and never pay much attention to them. But have an occasion for them to get dressed up and slather on the makeup and you go wow, I never knew she could be so hot. Well, she's not hot, she just knows how to paint herself to look hot. She's still that extremely plain chick you work with everyday. Now you get to see her when she's all painted up to look hot, and it blows your mind that it's the same person. Makeup is the great deceiver.