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New Zealand Navy releases gender-neutral grooming standards allowing men to wear makeup, nail polish, fake eyelashes

The New Zealand Defence Force has released new gender-neutral grooming and appearance standards for members of the Royal New Zealand Navy. The new guidance outlines requirements for cosmetics, body art, hairstyles, and other grooming standards without separating the standards by gender.

Chief of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Rear Admiral David Proctor described the changes:

Without respect to gender, members will be allowed to “wear discreet makeup and perfume/cologne in moderation. Personnel may wear a clear or pale nail varnish whilst in uniform. False eye lashes may [also] be worn provided that they are trimmed, neat and natural in appearance.”

Proctor praised the changes, saying that such inclusion is “critical to our success.”

“The RNZN is a modern and professional organization that embraces individuality and personality. However, we are a military organization and with that comes certain expectations on our personnel in terms of their dress and appearance. These changes reflect that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as an organization, as are the unique traditions and characteristics of the RNZN.”