Since Ergodan’s rise to power, reports AsiaNews, Turkey has slowly returned Islam and religion, after 10 years of Kamalist secularism. There has been an increase in Turkish society of women who choose to wear the veil, women are also still banned from public office, and there has been an increase in the places where alcohol is banned. The decision to proscribe forms of make-up is part of a new aesthetic code of the national airline of Turkey. For months, as reported by the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), flight attendants must wear the veil or a traditional fez. Parties believe Prime Minister Ergodan is trying to “islamize” secular society.
This has all influenced Turkish Airlines decision to prohibit its female flight attendants from wearing flashy make-up. The decision has sparked controversy within the country.