Turkish Airlines bans crew from wearing red lipstick
Turkish Airlines recent decision to ban crew from wearing bright lipstick has apparently riled women across the globe.
The airline is implementing new aesthetics code for cabin crew, aimed at bringing the airline in line with Turkey’s conservative muslim roots. This hardly seems unreasonable considering Turkey is a conservative muslim state.
The move by the state run airline has, according to the Daily Telegraph, sparked protests on social media as women ‘post pictures of themselves with red lipstick’.
Turkish airlines said in a statement that ”simple make-up, immaculate and in pastel colours, is preferred for staff working in the service sector.”
The changes also dictates hair style requirements, in that braided buns were to be replaced by hair-stick buns. I’m not even sure what that means, but i’m certain as a travelling passenger I will hardly notice the difference.
It’s common for airlines to have stringent dress codes so it doesn’t come as a shock to many industry observers that the airline has requested a more specific set of rules for crew to observe. Asiana received a copping a while back when it refused to allow it’s female crew from wearing pants, stating that all female crew were required to wear skirts (though it was last month overruled as being discriminatory).
I doubt that lipstick colour will have a massive impact on the airline or its crew, nor will it determine if my flight with Turkish Airlines is a good one or not. As for the marauding lipstick-loving extremists on social media, my crawl of Twitter didn’t come up with any chicks wearing red lipstick as a form of outrage… Storm in a teacup perhaps?