Male Navy personnel permitted to wear fake eyelashes and makeup according to new gender-neutral guidelines

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Male personnel in the Royal New Zealand Navy will soon be allowed to wear makeup, false eyelashes and nail polish according to new gender-neutral guidelines.

The updates, that will come into effect next month, are intended to demonstrate that the RNZN make no distinction between male and female members in terms of appearance.

Chief of Navy Rear Admiral David Proctor told Newshub: “The NZDF can confirm that as of November 1, 2019, guidelines around grooming and appearance for Royal New Zealand Navy personnel will be updated.

“These updates are to reflect that the RNZN make no distinction between male and female members in terms of their personal grooming and appearance.”

The changes will allow male Navy personnel to wear fake eyelashes, discreet makeup and clear or pale nail varnish when in uniform. Long hair will also be permitted, provided it’s worn in a bun or single plait.

Proctor went on to claim the success of the RNZN depends on such diverse and inclusive changes.

“These changes reflect that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as an organisation, as are the unique traditions and characteristics of the RNZN.”


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