You've heard of cat and maid cafes in Japan, but what about no-makeup cafes? Naturalia — which first opened in 2015 in Sapporo — is touting itself as a "natural face girls cafe". The gist: they only hire women who don't wear makeup, reports Mashable. But wait — that's even more.
According to Naturalia's website, they will also not hire women who smoke, have excessive hair dye or flashy nails and those who have previously worked at nightclubs and cabarets. The concept was born after the owners realized there were no cafes where "normal looking" employees worked (... and what exactly does "normal" entail I'm wondering?) Their wish was to open a cafe that does not focus on looks and "beautiful people".
Most recently, Naturalia started raising money for a second outpost in Shibuya. At time of press, its crowdfunding campaign has garnered over $8,000 USD — almost double its target amount.
ゆうかがテスト明けで帰ってきました！— ナチュラリア札幌@カフェバー (@SuppinNaturalia) March 9, 2017
Online reactions were mixed. Could the "no makeup" policy be interpreted as part of a work dress code?
@mashable not sure about the smoking part, but "no make up" could be viewed same as jobs that require a uniform. Interesting...— SignumSix (@SignumSix) March 27, 2017
Yet the requirements are bizarre and shines a problematic light on beauty standards.
@mashable How about if it's legal and doesn't affect job performance, ppl do what they want and jobs don't dictate ppl's lives?— Sarah (@SPLACali) March 27, 2017
One Twitter user raised an interesting point — are customers allowed to wear makeup?
@mashable If you are a customer and have make up they will sell? Because I have the right to buy any where I want— Valentina Faria (@Valenti80108817) March 27, 2017
And of course, the most appropriate GIF response...
Here's to women wearing and doing whatever they like, however they like.