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Virgin Says Female Flight Attendants Can Drop Makeup, Choose Pants Over Skirts
The changes come after complaints about female employees being turned into sex objects (CCSS Level: Grade 10, Words: 333)
Mar 5, 2019 Culture & Entertainment
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Britain's Virgin Atlantic, known for its flashy looks and extravagant use of red in its livery, uniforms and even shoes has announced changes to the uniform.

This week the carrier has dropped a requirement that female flight attendants were makeup, joining other major carriers that have eased their dress and grooming requirements after complaints about turning female employees into sex objects.

Going forward, female flight attendants - or cabin crew as they're referred to in the United Kingdom, can still apply makeup if they want in accordance with company guidelines, but it's no longer mandatory. If they want to keep using lipstick and foundation, they must stick to an approved palette of shades.

An airline executive said the changes - which also included making it easier for women to pick pants over Virgin's familiar red skirts - came after listening to employees.

"Not only do the new guidelines offer an increased level of comfort, they also provide our team with more choice on how they want to express themselves at work," Virgin Atlantic Executive Vice President Mark Anderson said in a statement.

Uniforms are standard for cabin crew on most airlines, but U.S. carriers have come a long way since Southwest famously dressed its flight attendants in hot pants during the 1970s. Southwest's current policy is typical: Long pants are a uniform option, and makeup isn't required. If crew members wear makeup on the job, it "should be professional, conservative and complement the uniform and the employee's complexion," according to guidelines for flight attendants. Glitter and "eccentric" or "excessively bright" makeup colours and styles are expressly prohibited.

American Airlines tells its flight attendants that if they wear makeup, "it should be tasteful and complementary to your professional image."

United Airlines, JetBlue and Delta Air Lines said they don't require makeup either.

Some carriers, including Malaysia-based Air Asia and Vietnam's VietJet Air have been criticised for putting young female flight attendants in tight-fitting clothes or revealing outfits either on the job or in promotional videos.

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