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Virgin Atlantic Removes Makeup Requirement For Female Crew

Bon Voyage! Virgin Atlantic's Female Cabin Crew Members Are No Longer Required to Wear Makeup

One week away from getting their 'wings' these flight attendants proudly wear their red uniforms as they undergo an in flight training session focussing on how to serve meals and using the service trolley. Virgin Atlantic air stewardess and steward training at The Base training facility in Crawley. Potential hostesses are put through a gruelling 6 week training program, during which they are tested to their limits. With exams every day requiring an 88% score to pass. The Base is a modern environment for a state of the art airline training situated next to Virgin Atlantic's HQ. (Photo by In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images)

Virgin Atlantic is updating its policy so that makeup is simply an option — no longer a requirement — for its female cabin crew members and ground employees. In a statement shared with HuffPost UK, a spokesperson for the airline said, "We want our uniform to truly reflect who we are as individuals while maintaining that famous Virgin Atlantic style. 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."

Virgin Atlantic's female employees are commonly known for wearing red lipstick, which matches the airline's colour scheme. That's in addition to the flawless face makeup and oftentimes elaborate updos flight attendants are typically expected to wear across the industry.

The aforementioned statement continued, "Not only do the new guidelines offer an increased level of comfort, they also provide our team with more choice on they want to express themselves at work. Helping people to be themselves is core to our desire to be the most loved travel company."

Image Source: Getty / Mike Kemp
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