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Today is the baby shower for my publicist Leigh Rossini—and I am the only man invited. I must admit that I am a bit nervous about entering no man's land. It might seem odd to hear this from someone in my profession, but working at a hair salon is really more like being a spectator at a sports competition. By comparison, going to this event is like being a professional athlete. I find myself having the pre-game jitters.
I enter the restaurant not knowing what to expect. Walking up the stairs, I hear the buzz of the party. As I look across the room, I spot Leigh with a tiara on her head, surrounded by her girlfriends in what looks like a scene from Sex and the City. The room is filled with writers, producers, TV personalities, friends and family—all looking gorgeous, chic and impeccably dressed.
For a split second ask myself whether these women, each more glamorous than the next, have dressed up to compete with one another--or is it something else entirely? The answer is instantly apparent. The psychology behind looking good has nothing to do with women vying for the attention of men. Women like having smart and glamorous friends. They bond over their fashion finds and beauty secrets. I think many of the women attending the party enjoyed showing a side of themselves they don't or can't by day. Among friends, they become their most stylish selves.