By now the story of former Citibank employee Debrahlee Lorenzana's ejection from a New York branch is the stuff of urban legends. Hired to work for a Manhattan location that was famous for its pretty professionals, 33-year-old Lorenzana says her business-casual wardrobe of turtlenecks, wrap dresses and slacks were eventually ruled to be too distracting for her male higher-ups. She was even forbidden from wearing heels!
The photos of the jilted banker floating around the Internet reveal that she is pretty and styled the curves often associated with black and Latina women with form-fitting pencil skirts and sheaths. Totally ignoring the whole "men can't control themselves around pretty women" conversation, it seems more than a little unfair if Lorenzana wasn't so much fired for her attire, but because of the God-given body she was dressing. Would a woman with a smaller bust or slimmer hips have suffered the same fate in the same clothes? Probably not. New York Daily News' fashion editor even praised her wardrobe and said "her sense of office style is spot-on," adding, "as long as your clothes fit properly, and hemlines don't creep high enough to put on a peep show [...] you're golden." Lorenzana's clothes certainly fit that description.