Im not much of a sports fan, and never have been. However, there are certain individuals on and off the field whose names and faces I recognize. As of recent, PAM OLIVER has become one of those personalities. I began seeing the above posted photo of the 51 year old, Fox reporter in my Twitter and Instagram timelines a few weeks ago. People were also then creating memes to poke fun at the sideline personality for the condition and appearance of her hair. Pam didn’t initially respond to the public attacks, but now she has spoken out…
“You’re out there, trying a to catch players, get some last-minute stuff, get your reports turned around quickly, and I may or may not have time to put on lip gloss or powder my face,” Oliver explained, adding that she doesn’t have hair stylists and makeup artists with her on game day. “I know TV is a visual medium, but there are times when you kind of hope that people are listening to what you’re saying as opposed to judging you if a strand of hair is not in place or if you have only got one eye lined or something.
To be 100% honest, I do feel that male and female celebrities, reporters, politicians, athletes and other public figures are expected to uphold a certain, physical decorum. While I don’t feel that everyone needs to be laid in weave, drenched in labels and powdered in MAC, television personalities should be concerned with their appearance. After all, even as individuals, everyone on-screen represents the brand of their company.
On the other hand, Pam Oliver should be applauded and recognized for her professionalism as a woman who is succeeding in a male dominated industry. We too often expect women to polish themselves in such a way that still sexualizes or ‘pretties up’ their image in front of the men they engage.
I haven’t seen Pam Oliver on the sidelines enough to know whether or not her hair is usually tame or unkept. Pam makes it clear that she does not have a personal glam squad, and is more concerned with trying to speak with players pre game or doing any last minute research before conducting interviews.