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Source: Twitter

Woman delivered NASA speech in a sequined dress to show scientists can be 'sparkly'

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Rita J. King is a futurist and executive vice president for business development and co-director of Science House, but she's also a fashion icon. She recently bucked tradition by wearing a sparkly dress while delivering a talk to students at NASA. There is a pervasive image of the scientist as a stuffy, bow-tied, academic type, but King decided she would show young women — and everyone else for that matter — that scientists can be "sparkly."

She shared a photo of herself wearing a gold sequined dress during her talk to Twitter. It went completely viral and inspired many to address the harmful notion that scientists and academics have to look a certain way in order to be taken seriously.