As women’s rights are currently under attack, one woman is trailblazing in her field and showing women how to overcome inequality. Attorney Reonna Green transitioned from being a hairstylist to an attorney, and the journey was an interesting one. 

At the start of her career as a prosecutor, she said she adopted the legal professional attire consisting of grey and navy blue suits, beige shirts, and nude pumps. Some judges even required that she wear pantyhose with her skirts. Green said she also had to be mindful of the color of her nails. But she resented the standards and felt she was diluting a version of herself to appear in court.

However, when she established her firm, she leaned into her differences. She embraced her love of bold hoops, vibrant lip color and outfits, which helped attract a professional beauty clientele that felt open to working with her.

“For me, it helps being my authentic self. It helps me resonate with them because they don’t want to hire a stuffy attorney, who makes them nervous, or doesn’t understand their profession or what they do. So it’s like a level of relationship building,” she told Blavity.

“I would say about the hoops about the bold lips, who makes these rules anyway, for corporate America? A lot of the things that I would say about my particular style, I think, are deep-rooted in history and culture of who I am. Big hoops are a sign and a symbol of [many] minority cultures. That’s something that we always see, that’s something that we love to do, its heritage, its culture. To have this rule that it doesn’t belong in corporate America is just so predated. So I’m trying to shake it up. Now that I can do things my way, I think it’s working,” she added.

When Green was younger, she always wanted to be an attorney; however, after high school she had reached her limit with academia and wanted to concentrate on becoming a cosmetologist. Her school offered a regional occupational program designed for individuals who didn’t wish to attend school and would instead acquire a trade.  

“They had cosmetology offered at my school. When I was 15, I started taking Cosmo classes,” Green told Blavity, adding how she reasoned beauty careers being lucrative.

Still, her brother encouraged her to obtain a good education which she took into account.