Daring TRANSFORMATIONS: Looks that Walk the Line

An Edgy Professional

Rue Wiegand isn’t afraid of a little color. And for those who know her, her fiery highlights match her determined personality and eye for design. Rue worked as a design director for many years on RochesterWomen magazine. While pursuing further education, she worked full time as a project management scheduler/EPM administrator for Mayo Clinic, as well as keeping up with her family. This year, Rue earned two master’s degrees in management and project management from St. Mary’s University. 

Even with Mayo’s strict dress code, Rue thinks her colorful highlights can still be professional. And while the color may fade over time, Rue’s vibrant personality will not.


Behind the Look

  • Original highlights: Twins Hair Studio, Rochester
  • Hair and makeup: Blu H2O Salon, Rochester 
  • Clothing and jewelry: Wild Ginger Boutique, Zumbrota 
  • Shoes: Luya Shoes and Other Fine Things, Zumbrota

Rocking the Gray

Robyn Kennedy, a Pine Island native, decided to switch her platinum blond hair for something a little more old school. That’s right, gray is not just for 60-somethings anymore.

Robyn’s now gray hair is both attractive and unexpected. “I feel like I’m 80 but in a good way,” she says. “No one else I know has this.” Robyn has a rock ’n’ roll personality, which helps her pull off such a daring look. Her fashion sense helps as well, which she puts to use working at ReFashion and Lillian’s boutique.

The oxymoron of a youthful gray is not only visually striking, but it exposes the societal expectations of having gray hair. Robyn’s look challenges these expectations, giving lively new meaning to “going gray.”

Behind the Look:

  • Hair: Rocco Altobelli Salon, Rochester
  • Makeup: Urban Sanctuary Salon, Rochester
  • Clothing and Shoes: Flowers by Jerry, Rochester
Grace Murray is a writing student at Concordia College by day, and a jazz singer by night.