Fearless Females abound in the high stakes elite fashion industry.

Their magazines, including the most powerful of the bunch Cosmopolitan, influence women in regards to beauty, fashion and image all over the world.

In their world, and welcome to it, image is truly everything.

Talent helps too.

Please don’t think branding an image is shallow. Especially if you are a Session Girl.

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Here are some thoughts as to why.

Let’s turn the pages to the young. Really young because if you want to get to the roots of image branding, who better to teach us than beautiful teenage girls…on film.

Mean Girls is a 2004 American teen comedy film directed by Mark Waters and written by Tina Fey. The film is based in part on Rosalind Wiseman‘s non-fiction self-help book Queen Bees and Wannabes, which describes female high school social cliques and the damaging effects they can have on girls.

The film stars Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey, Lacey Chabert, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Franzese, Jonathan Bennett and Amanda Seyfried (in her film debut).

Saturday Night Live (SNL) creator Lorne Michaels produced the film. Screenwriter and co-star of the film, Tina Fey, was a long-term cast member and writer for SNL.

The film grossed $129 million worldwide and has developed a cult following.

Make no mistake about it, part of the films allure was the image and branding that the gorgeous and ferocious teen queens demanded.

Session Girls? There are of course other important aspects to developing your image.

The fun site streetdirectory.com enlightens, “Good conversation creates an attractive image of wittiness, intelligence and self-confidence.

A university study showed just how important the perception of intelligence and self-confidence can be. In a study to determine the characteristics of the ideal male or ideal female — intelligence and self-confidence were rated as most important by 60% or more of respondents.

Your personal image, the perception that people have about you, affects your success in every aspect of life – your life on the job, your social life, even your love life!”

Makes great image sense.

In our female grappling world, having worked with Bella Rossi of San Francisco, we always love her sense of style and dress.

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We can always get great social tips from huffingtonpost.com. Regarding this modern trend they have a prominent advisor provide us with more insights.

Lisa Mirza Grotts is a recognized etiquette expert, an on-air contributor, and the author of A Traveler’s Passport to Etiquette. She is a former director of protocol for the city and county of San Francisco and the founder and CEO of The AML Group (www.lisagrotts.com), certified etiquette and protocol consultants. Her clients range from Stanford Hospital to Cornell University and Levi Strauss. She has been quoted by Condé Nast Traveler, InStyle magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times.

She recommends:

  • Smiling when being introduced and during conversation
  • Shaking hands briefly but firmly when being introduced
  • Maintaining eye contact when in conversation with someone
  • Keeping your face relaxed during conversation
  • Nodding the head in agreement

Okay, we are off to a great start but when it comes to image and branding, some of us can never get enough help.

We have a visiting speaker who knows her stuff and is ready to share. Enjoy.

How Important Is Your Image to You?

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By Susan Leigh

How many of us feel the pressure to present the right image? Even young people are acutely image conscious and brand aware. Try to persuade a young person to wear a cheaper make of supermarket own brand trainers; it would be regarded as the ultimate humiliation!

TV, magazines and social media treat sporting a particular make of clothes and accessories or using the latest technology as an essential part of having street cred. For young people this is especially important as it puts them on a par with others in their peer group, makes them feel they belong and maybe even elevates them to Elitist Level if they’re able to sustain each latest up-to-the-minute look.

Adults like to think they’re less judgmental than young people. They recognize that much of the pressure to conform is media driven, is looking to support sales, introduce new trends and products, be seen to be dynamic and innovative. Many adults would hate to be perceived as superficial or unduly affected by another’s possessions, clothes or presentation of themselves, but image is often a significant factor in our relationships with others. We all make instant decisions, form instant impressions of people when we first meet.

And caring about our appearance, dressing well, looking after ourselves can be perceived as taking responsibility for ourselves as well as displaying good manners and consideration for the company we keep, whether it be for our partners, friends and family, employers, customers and clients. It demonstrates that we regard ourselves as important, we care enough to want to make a good impression and we’re prepared to invest time, money and effort into looking good when we’re committing to be with other people.

Wearing a smart suit, a pair of killer heels, a dash of lipstick, an expensive aftershave, having a beauty treatment, a new hairdo makes us feel much more confident, knowing that we’re looking good. When we feel we look the part we’re often able to raise our game and portray that positive persona. We stand taller, feel more in control.

However, putting ourselves under massive pressure to earn the money to sustain the expensive wardrobe, designer handbags, expensive homes, cars, holidays and school fees can put an inordinate amount of strain on our quality of life, relationships, health and wellbeing. Stopping and reflecting on what’s important in life can sometimes result in spending less money and enjoying a camping trip rather than a 5 star luxury holiday, can prompt the decision to work fewer hours and come home earlier to be with our children in order to discuss what’s happening in their lives.

Image pressure can cause a significant amount of personal stress. The pressure to be a certain body shape or size, exceptionally slim or muscular and ripped can cause body anxiety in young and old, male and female as they strive to eat less or work out more. The incidence of eating disorders, once seen as the province of young females, is escalating in young men and older people as they feel the pressure to look good through media defined eyes.

Maintaining a positive look as we start to age is important too as part of our ongoing image and desire to be accepted in certain spheres of life. Feeling the pressure to look young, hide the signs of ageing can at times compel some of us to consider the need for surgical and non-surgical procedures, sometimes at great cost financially, physically and psychologically. Many people dye their hair to disguise evidence of their advancing years, spend time agonizing over ways to hide the signs of their hair loss.

And, yes, fitting in, being received in a positive way, regarded as someone who is successful, attractive, professional can give an important boost to our confidence as we go about our daily lives. Wearing the right clothes, looking fit and attractive is often a key aspect of the impression we give.

Some people feel extra confident when wearing a smart company uniform; it portrays a specific image, a corporate brand identity with all its associated professionalism. A uniform can bring a certain dignity and gravitas to a situation where staff find they feel positive as part of the corporate team. Compulsory school uniform negates the need for schoolchildren to compete with each other over their daily clothing but the school uniform from a highly regarded school can be something that parents aspire to for the sake of their children; it conveys an elitist image.

But, that aside, let’s not ignore the role that managing stress, looking after ourselves can play in our lives and work to sustain a healthy, positive way of life. A nutritious diet, regular exercise routine and stress free lifestyle are all recognized as effective ways of taking good care of ourselves and counteracting the effects of ageing and excess. When asked what they found most attractive about others many people commented that it was their natural, relaxed manner, their infectious sense of humor and their kind nature that was most appealing!

Maybe we should devote more time and energy to learning ways to relax, to focus on what’s really important in our lives and pay less heed to the pressures of advertising and the media when we decide what to wear, how to look and how to live our lives.

Susan Leigh is a Counsellor and Hypnotherapist who works with stressed individuals to promote confidence and self-belief, with couples experiencing relationship difficulties to improve communications and understanding and with business clients to support the health and motivation levels of individuals and teams.

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