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Virgin Atlantic no longer requires female flight attendants to wear makeup

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Ginger Lawrence | 05 March, 2019, 19:53

Female cabin crew representing Virgin Atlantic will no longer have to wear make-up as part of mandatory uniform. When sharing the new styling guidelines, the airline stated that flight attendants were now allowed to report to work without makeup.

Under its new styling and grooming guidelines, the airline will also provide women with pants as part of their standard uniform.

"They are, however, still very welcome to wear any of our existing palette of makeup (including lipstick and foundations) set out in Virgin Atlantic's guidelines".

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Some of the airline's newer competitors, such as EasyJet and Ryanair, typically have more relatively relaxed rules on uniforms, the BBC reports, while many longer-established airlines still have rules on what makeup must be worn.

According to Virgin Atlantic's Executive Vice President of Customer Mark Anderson, the change will see increased level of comfort for the employees and more choice on how they would want to express themselves at work.

We have been listening to the views of our people and as a result have announced some changes to our styling and grooming policy that support this. Emirates female staff, The Independent reported, are also encouraged to undergo a seven-step makeup routine, while United female cabin crew members are asked to apply makeup "conservatively" and avoid "extreme colors". Plus, being required to wear makeup plays into a retrograde idea of every female flight attendant as potential fodder for some man's erotic fiction. Small guideline changes ― that allow crew members to work makeup-free or to wear trousers instead of skirts ― are a small step toward combatting a sexist and sometimes risky work environment.