Carly Fiorina:Tough Choices Breeds Tough Politician-to-be

The most inspirational story of a business person making it in America comes from Carly Fiorina. After her meteoric rise from humble beginnings to CEO at Hewlett-Packard, which is well documented in her book Tough Choices, Fiorina is ready for Politics. Republicans will say it’s time to move over (but not out) Sarah Palin, here comes Carly!

I had the pleasure to do Carly’s makeup and hair for More Magazine. I was fortunate to observe a tough, yet diplomatic woman in action. Carly Fiorina is the complete package. Smart, kind, assertive, diplomatic, tightly organized and beautiful describes this future politician. I expect her to do well in her bid for California Senator. She spoke yesterday at a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C. and reportedly said she was “seriously considering running”. Actually, I think she was forward thinking to not run as Vice President with John McCain. I was fortunate to do grooming for the Arizona Senator for the cover of Esquire. Carly must have clearly understood the political climate to wait for another shot at running for office.

photo by platon
photo by platon

What people should know about her is that she makes things happen. She has no fear. She takes risks but in a calculated way with the end result in mind. An example, though seemingly trivial, is when she and I went on location for a photoshoot. After meeting her at her exquisite home away from home in Washington, D.C., I did her makeup and hair. She was quite accommodating and very pleasant to be around. I focused the makeup on her eyes, which are very expressive. We achieved a smokey, almost lavender eye with neutral lips. Her wardrobe was classy and dignified. We were ready to proceed to the photoshoot at the National Arboretum off New York Avenue. When we got there, after the driver found the remote location by the large Corinthian columns, it was immediately evident that there was way too much wind for an appropriate photo for this busy executive. Carly was very kind and gentle as she rejected the photographer’s plea to do the photo shoot. Had she consented to the photo session, her hair would have been all over the place. Crazy, out of control hair was not the look  we wanted to achieve in business attire.  The idea of a casual, carefree, wind swept look did not represent the in control and accomplished woman. Maybe it would work if she were in resort wear on a sailboat, but not that day. For me, this was unacceptable, and I told her so. She knew. In all my years of experience, it was the first and last time a photo shoot has not taken place. We left the site unfulfilled. I was a little miffed as to why the photographer did not have an indoor shot lined up considering all the time , money and effort it took several individuals, including the crew from D.C. and  New York City, to prepare for the shot. Carly accepted a second offer to do the photoshoot and she did appear in the magazine. The photographer did not ask me to join them.


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