"People always ask me, “how much can my image really affect my success?” My answer to that is “Look at Rihanna.” Does anyone even remember Rihanna before she dyed her hair black, chopped it off into a stylish bob, chopped it off some more, dyed it red, dyed it brown…..? Do you remember her before her rock & roll outfits, sexy look, and edgy fashion-forward style? Like many people, not really! She had some hits, but her career didn’t take off until the release of “Umbrella,” which is when she was matched with the brilliant stylist who changed her life. Now look at her! She has platinum albums, sold out concerts, sits front row at prestigious fashion shows, and is now collaborating with Armani on a clothing line. I’m not saying that her talent didn’t get her to where she is, but her stylist, Mariel Haenn, definitely helped! She is the mastermind behind many of Rihanna’s red carpet, concert, & everyday looks. Rihanna’s image transformation illustrates the saying, “dress for success.” Portray yourself as the person you want to be. This doesn’t mean don’t be true to yourself. It just means that if you’re an assistant, dress like the supervisor. If you’re the manager, dress like the CEO. Dress & present yourself as the person you aspire to be and that will further remind & drive you to attain your goals. So, put in a little thought, time, effort, & money into your look. It will all be worth it in the end."