Sorority Email Tells Members They Better Wear Spanx And Makeup Or Else

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An anonymous tipster sent Jezebel an amazing email that goes into exhausting detail with appearance guidelines for the women of the Alpha Chi Omega chapter at the University of Southern California. It’s… thorough. The guidelines are for “polish week” – a time when the members meet potential pledges. Whoever wrote this email needs to RELAX.

The email goes into exhausting detail about every, single facet of physical appearance that you can think of. The subject line of the email reads “Personal Development/ Recruitment Info” but there is literally not one word about anything that is not appearance related. It begins, “Hey everyone! Polish week is right around the corner! So you can be prepared for your Personal Development needs, I’ve compiled a list of what you need to have for recruitment.” Spoiler alert: it’s a lot of Spanx and make-up and absolutely no bushy eyebrows or lumpy fat lumps.

Sororities are amazing. Here are some highlights:

Spanx: “I cannot stress how important spanx are to make you look your best. Even if you are very thin, Spanx will give you a better “line” when you wear clothes (no awkward bumps!) Plus you don’t have to worry about sucking in all the time or being bloated!”

Eyebrows: “Eyebrows shape your face. Bad eyebrows will make you look less beautiful than you actually are! Your eyebrows need to look neat (as in not messy) for recruitment. I know “full” eyebrows are in style right now, but “full” does not mean “BUSHY” or “WILD.”… Alternatively, if you have SPARSE eyebrows then you need to fill them in.”

Hair: “Your hair has to be curly or straight. No waves… Note: If you have straight hair and you want to wear it curly, don’t. Your hair needs to be able to hold for 15 hour days and hairspray crunchy hair or limp hair is not acceptable. Also, get some heat protectant and shine spray. Damaged, frizzy hair is not going to attract PNM’s.”

Makeup: “You need to have foundation, concealer, something pinky/neutral for the lips (stain, gloss, etc), BLOT POWDER/OIL BLOTTERS, eyeliner (BLACK or BROWN only), mascara, neural eyeshadow, bronzer, and (optional but recommended) blush. If you are not wearing the required makeup, I will stop you and apply it myself. I don’t care if you’re late for class. I don’t care if you’re a sophomore or a super senior. I will stop you… The one think I will say about eye makeup is you should have eyeliner on your top lid and you can’t wear your eyeliner super thick (we want to look like we’re naturally supermodel gorgeous.)”

Glasses/ Contacts: We would like to strongly encourage that you opt to wear contacts during recruitment… Poking your eyes is worth it just this once, I promise!

Jesus, just reading this email is making me feel insecure and I’m a relatively secure older woman. I can’t imagine being subjected to this kind of scrutiny as a college student. Way to send the message that appearance is insanely important. I wonder if there is an email that went along with this one that outlines how they should act? I’d love to see that treat.