Should White House officials have to pay for their own makeup? | The Tylt
Should White House officials have to pay for their own makeup?
Before departing from the White House after his 11-day stint, Anthony Scaramucci reportedly hired a full-time makeup artist to join the White House staff.
Having a makeup artist on staff 24/7 isn’t unique to President Donald Trump’s White House. But in an administration in which the man at the top is obsessed with television and appearances — often gravitating toward people he believes look like they were sent over from “central casting” — the question of who dolls up the staff has become a subject of fascination for regular cable news viewers, glued to the drama being played out daily by a shiny-haired, lip-glossed cast of characters.
Some have criticized the idea of a makeup artist being funded by taxpayer dollars, and note the Obama administration never hired a full-time makeup artist.
Barack Obama had officials in his camp pay for makeup out of their own pockets.
If officials want to be dolled up for their television appearances, they should have to foot the bill. A spokesperson for Melania Trump confirmed that she pays for her own stylist out of pocket. The other White House women ought to do the same.
But others argue forcing officials to pay for their our hair and makeup would only hurt women, as women bear the brunt of makeup costs with the so-called "woman tax."
Sure Obama didn't have a full-time makeup artist on staff, but he also never had a female press secretary. Women should be encouraged to hold positions in the White House, and if part of their job is going on television to speak to the American people, they shouldn't have to pay extra to do their jobs.
The fact of the matter is women, especially women who appear on television, are expected to wear makeup. There is nothing wrong with the Trump administration paying for its representatives to look camera-ready.
Women invest time and money into doing their makeup because it impacts their relationships and their paychecks. And while both genders tend to buy haircuts, shaving cream, and moisturizer, the price of makeup is something men never have to worry about.