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Women's Hoops

The latest news and analysis on college and pro women's basketball.

May 4, 2008 at 10:55 AM

WNBA and Makeup: What’s your opinion?

There’s a really good article in The Chicago Tribune about WNBA rookie orientation where the players are taught how to apply makeup among other important facets of becoming a pro baller. It’s not new to this class. Former Storm F Adia Barnes spoke of attending a similar course when she was a rookie in 1998. Yet, it is interesting to witness the evolution of femininity in the league. Did anyone else notice how many dresses made an appearance on Draft Day?
The NBA teaches its rookies how to deal with groupies and manage their money, so stereotypes are presented on both sides. But I’m curious how the idea of teaching women athletes how to tweak their image to appeal to media strikes you.
Storm C Yolanda Griffith gave Seattle props a while back, saying we “got it” from the beginning, talking about the WNBA in general and the city’s support. We didn’t need to see Edna Campbell or Kamila Vodichkova in a dress to appreciate their game. But is that still the case? Does anyone like the fact that the league continues to put a strong emphasis on feminine side of these athletes?

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