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Woman’s LinkedIn photo goes viral for showing tattoos

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Woman’s LinkedIn photo goes viral for showing tattoos

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Jessica Leonard had a pleasant surprise when it came time to take some professional photos of her new job.

Instead of having to cover her tattoos with a blazer, her boss gave her the green light to flaunt her intricate sleeve tattoos “loud and proud”, according to a viral LinkedIn post she shared.

The post, which features side-by-side photos of Leonard with and without a blazer, received more than 31,550 reactions on the career development website. It also sparked conversations from thousands of LinkedIn users who have different views on workplace tattoos.

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Leonard, 36, started working at Evolution Capital Partners – a Cleveland-based private equity firm, in September 2021.

Jessica Leonard had a pleasant surprise when it came time to take some professional photos for her new role at Evolution Capital Partners.
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When Leonard met with a photographer to update her professional headshots for her new role as a partner, she asked her managing partner if she had permission to take a photo with her blazer on for corporate use and a photo without his blazer for personal use on LinkedIn. . To Leonard’s surprise, Evolution Capital Partners was more than happy to use his fully visible tattoo photo on the company’s website.

In a statement provided to FOX Business, Leonard said: “I was honestly shocked. I had grown accustomed to wearing long sleeves in the summer heat, to pulling on my suit sleeves at every meeting, to pull my hair around my ear if no one noticed the small tattoo behind my ear, to avoid getting a tattoo on my leg or ankle for fear of never being able to wear a skirt in a professional setting again. ‘time when I myself was too free.”

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Tattoos have become more common in the United States as more and more people seek out body ink to express themselves. Market research firm IBISWorld estimates that 46% of Americans have at least one tattoo. The company attributes the rapid growth to millennials and predicts that the stigma around permanent body art will continue to diminish with each successive generation.

Woman’s LinkedIn photo goes viral for showing tattoos

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Instead of having to cover his tattoos with a blazer, Jessica Leonard’s boss gave him the green light to flaunt his intricate sleeve tattoos “loud and proud”, according to a viral post on LinkedIn which she shared.
(Jessica Leonard)

Personal style and cultural choice have also been welcomed in recent years among grandparents celebrating life milestones.

More recently, New Zealand news anchor Oriini Kaipara made headlines in both history and the international press as the first news anchor to host a prime time news program with a moko kauae tā moko – a traditional Maori facial tattoo.

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A LinkedIn News poll open to the public from June 2021 solicited user feedback on workplace tattoos.

Of the 24,439 survey respondents, 64% voted that they think tattoos are OK at work and are “normal at this point”, 10% voted that they think tattoos are not OK at work and ‘not professional’ and 26% voted that they are undecided on the subject and it will depend on whether or not the tattoos are visible.

Woman’s LinkedIn photo goes viral for showing tattoos

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When Jessica Leonard met with a photographer to update her professional headshots for her new role as a partner, she asked her managing partner if she had permission to take a photo with her blazer on for corporate use and a photo without his blazer for personal use on LinkedIn.
(Jessica Leonard)

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“The pandemic has ushered in a whole new era of work with the dramatic increase in working from home,” LinkedIn career expert Drew McCaskill told FOX. “Through videoconferencing, we’ve had a window into our teammates’ homes and, often, into the more personal aspects of their lives for the first time and it’s sparked a huge shift in what we consider a style.” professional “and personal — things like tattoos, casual clothes — was a big part of that conversation.”

McCaskill continued, “Now is a great time to discuss what you want at work and that includes culture. There is no one-size-fits-all for someone’s career path because background, Everyone’s story, identity and goals are unique – the best thing to do is to have a conversation with your manager and ask them openly.”

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