When Nice Nails Could Change Lives

For immigrants and black women in turn-of-the-century America, well-manicured nails were make or break.

“Those who are securely ensconced in middle- or upper-class positions don’t have as much to lose if someone judges them on the condition of their nails (or what they’re wearing — consider Mark Zuckerberg and other Silicon Valley tycoons who dress in jeans and hoodies at work). But when one is in a job interview, and has a lot on the line — like social advancement or supporting a family — one needs to put the best foot (or hand) forward,” Denise H. Sutton, author of Globalizing Ideal Beauty: Women, Advertising, and the Power of Marketing, explains.

See Marlen Komar’s full article at Racked.