Elegant and glamorous are some of the words that might pop into our heads whenever we encounter a SQ girl in her beautiful kebaya uniform. However, did you know that behind the chic appearance, our Singapore Girls must adhere to a strict list of regulations? Here are eight.
SQ girls must not post uniform selfies on social media
You might see photos of SQ girls posing at scenic spots or eating delicious food on their travels when you visit their social media pages, but what you will not see is photos of them in their uniform. This rule is strictly enforced in order to maintain and protect the image of SQ crew online. It also prevents situations whereby strangers steal their photos and repost them elsewhere without their knowledge or consent.
SQ girls must not take public transport
You will never see an SQ girl wearing her kebaya on the bus or MRT train. Again, this is to protect their image, so most of them take taxis, private-hire cars or get their family members to drive them to work. For those who wish to take public transport, they would usually wear regular clothes first, fix their hair and put on light make-up at home. Upon reaching the airport, they will change into their uniform and touch up as needed.
SQ girls must not use their mobile phones as they are walking
From the time they step into the airport, crew must behave with decorum as their uniform attracts public attention. They must be constantly aware of their image, especially as there may be people whose first impression of Singapore Airlines is formed from their encounters with the crew. Texting or talking on the phone as they are walking is not allowed and they should always make sure that they are stationary before using their phones.
SQ girls must not smoke in public view
An SQ girl puffing away on a cigarette in uniform is not the kind of image that the airline wants to present to the public. It is also probably a jarring sight to many people as a smoking stewardess is at odds with the typical elegant and graceful impression they have of the crew. As image is extremely important to the airline, crew can get in trouble if a member of the public complains to the company or worse, takes photos of them smoking in uniform and spreads it online.
SQ girls must not engage in PDA
If you see an SQ girl walking with her significant other in the airport, you will not see them engaging in Public Displays of Affection (PDA) such as holding hands, hugging or kissing. From the moment they don their uniforms, crew must be professional and refrain from such behaviour. This also prevents unwanted attention from the public who may consider this sort of behaviour unsightly and improper, as crew are seen to be representatives of the airline.
SQ girls must not neglect to check their grooming
Grooming is part of the uniform and to maintain a well-groomed appearance, all stewardesses must constantly check and make sure their make-up and hair is impeccable. Be it a two- or 12-hour flight, they must always look fresh and polished on and off the plane no matter how exhausted they might be. The most common areas that need touching-up are faded lipstick, chipped nails and untidy hair. Hence, all stewardesses will always keep a hand mirror, red lipstick, red nail polish and a small bottle of hairspray in their handbag for speedy touch-ups.
SQ girls must not have an unhealthy BMI
Each SQ girl’s uniform is customised and tailored to be form-fitting. If a stewardess gains or loses too much weight, she runs the risk of not being able to fit into her uniform and could be grounded until her Body Mass Index (BMI) improves. When you are grounded, you are suspended from crew duties and must report for office duties until you achieve an “acceptable” weight. As the kebaya is figure-hugging, putting on additional pounds would show up very obviously on the uniform. Conversely, you lose too much weight, you will not be able to fill out the uniform and end up looking gaunt in it. A crew’s job is also physically demanding, and it is one of their duties to ensure that they always in their best physical condition to perform well at work.
SQ girls must not dress inappropriately overseas
After disembarking from the plane and arriving at the hotel after a flight, the crew now can remove their makeup, let their hair down and get some much-needed rest time. However, having time off to themselves does not mean that they can dress however they like. Crew must always be dressed in an appropriate manner overseas as they are still on company time and, therefore, representing the company. A good rule-of-thumb is to always adhere to a smart casual dress code and avoid revealing clothes and casual footwear such as flip-flops. Besides, who wouldn’t want to look their best while travelling the world?
Text: Valerie Toh