Virgin Atlantic has announced it is removing its requirement for female cabin crew to wear make-up while on duty.

Female cabin crew will now be allowed to work without make-up and are instead welcomed to follow the palette of lipstick and foundation included in its guidelines if they do choose to wear make-up, according to the BBC.

Traditionally, female cabin crew have been offered the signature red pencil skirt by default and have had to specially request trousers. Now, the airline will offer trousers automatically in addition to the skirt.

Virgin Atlantic says the relaxed uniform requirements are a ‘significant change’ to its policies.

The airline’s first cabin crew uniforms in ‘Virgin Red’ were designed by Arabella Pollen in 1984. The most recent update was created by Vivenne Westwood in 2014.

Mark Anderson, a spokesman for the airline, said: “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.”

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