Turkish Airlines crew banned from wearing red lipstick and nail polish

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Europe’s fourth-biggest carrier says bright makeup ‘impairs visual integrity’, triggering concerns over creeping Islamisation

Turkey‘s national airline has barred flight attendants from wearing red lipstick and nail polish, triggering concerns among secular Turks that the country is becoming more Islamic.

Turkish Airlines, Europe’s fourth-biggest carrier, said the ban was aimed at keeping crews “artless and well-groomed, with makeup in pastel tones”, as a natural look improved communication with passengers.

“As a consequence of our current cabin uniforms not including red, dark pink, etc, the use of lipstick and nail polish in these colours by our cabin crew impairs visual integrity,” the statement said.

Turkish Airlines declined a request for further comment.

The guideline follows other restrictions on employees’ appearance and on serving alcohol. Critics say they reflect the influence of the government’s conservative religious values at the fast-growing state-run airline, one of Turkey’s most recognised brands.

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