For decades, Disney theme park employees have had to adhere to a strict dress code while at work, following very specific guidelines when it comes to their personal appearance.
On Tuesday, the chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, Josh D’Amaro, announced that the company will “allow greater flexibility with respect to forms of personal expression surrounding gender-inclusive hairstyles, jewelry, nail styles, and costume choices; and allowing appropriate visible tattoos.”
Rolling Stone reports that this is not the first time Disney has relaxed some of its presentation codes. Beginning in 1994, female park employees were permitted to wear eyeliner and eye shadow. In 2010, female park employees were further allowed to wear Capri pants, sleeveless shirts, and open-toed sling back shoes, and starting in 2012, male park employees were able to have beards.
D’Amaro shared that the change is part of the recent addition to the company’s “Keys” guidelines: safety, courtesy, show, and efficiency. After soliciting suggestions from cast members around the world, Disney has incorporated inclusion into the blueprint “for the decisions [employees] make during the workday and the approach they bring to their interactions with others.”
“Like the Four Keys before them, the 5 Keys — with Inclusion at the heart — will continue to guide us as we interact with guests, collaborate together, create the next generation of Disney products and experiences, and make critical decisions about the future of our business,” said the executive.
D'Amaro continued, noting that the change has multiple goals, “not only to remain relevant in today’s workplace, but also enable our cast members to better express their cultures and individuality at work.”