Ban On Female Make Up Artists In Bollywood To Be Lifted

It has lasted almost six decades but finally, female make up artists in India will finally be able to refer to themselves as just that whilst working in the country’s booming movie industry, following the news that the Supreme Court is in the process of putting an end to the ruling that says men are the only ones allowed to refer to themselves as make up artists.

A petition was heard by one female make up artist who was refused membership to the Cine Costume Make-up Artists and Hair Dressers Association in 2009 because she was female despite gaining qualifications in the profession in California.

Prior to this ruling, women had to call themselves hairdressers as the men claimed the title in order to guarantee that they were not deprived of a job, according to trade unions. But thankfully, it’s out with the old and in with the new as The Indian Express reported on a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and U U Lalit, saying: “How can this discrimination continue? We will not permit this. It cannot be allowed under our Constitution. Why should only a male artist be allowed to put make-up? How can it be said that only men can be make-up artists and women can be hairdressers? We don’t see a reason to prohibit a woman from becoming a make-up artist if she is qualified.”

Warning that the CCMAA, have to take action, the court said: “You better delete this clause on your own. Remove this immediately. We are in 2014, not in 1935. Such things cannot continue even for a day.”


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