On the heels of Tuesday’s story about Turkish Airlines requiring its staff to cool it on the maquillage during working hours, another company has come out encouraging the opposite. The Wall Street Journal’s Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Matt Murray, and video operations head, Chris Cramer, sent a memo urging their staffers (both male and female) to get a bit more gussied up for their on-camera appearances. Of course, there is something to be said for dressing appropriately for whatever job you have—or, actually, the job you want?—but what, if any, input should your employer have in how you present yourself on a daily basis? As much as we're an anything-goes, you-do-you society, workplace dress and beauty codes aren't going anywhere. "All of us appearing on-air should take care to present ourselves in the best light possible, and that includes physical appearance," one line of the editors' memo reads, suggesting both men and women get a "quick dash of powder." After all, "You want the spotlight focused on your stellar journalism–not shining off your forehead." (Which reminds us: what about the lighting team?! They better get some nudging, too. Good lighting makes all the difference...)
Murray and Cramer tread lightly with their wording, careful to avoid a nagging or negative tone, but rather seem to offer support to their journalistic crew. They want to help you with your appearance, not hinder you, even offering their “resident makeup artist on the 6th floor…” in case you need a hand. But for all you WSJ-ers unable to pay a visit to the makeup artist, we would like to offer ourselves as a proverbial sixth floor and, to steal a phrase from Lena Dunham and her Girls, be your “crack spirit guide.”
P.S.: On any given day, we're lucky to be able to wear Adidas track pants, overalls, leather shorts, and crop tops to the office, so, you know, you could always come work here. But actually, where do you work? And what's your dress code?
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