An Arkansas woman is going viral for her very clever guide demonstrating the proper way to wear a mask — and all the ways not to wear one.
As health officials urge people to wear face masks while out in public, many who are complying are growing more and more frustrated with those who aren’t — and are equally frustrated with people who are wearing masks around their chins and below their noses.
To show how useless it is to wear a mask the wrong way, Denise Mejia created a funny video in which she compares a face mask to a bra, showing just how ridiculous and ineffective it is to wear either garment improperly.
The breast way to wear it! Denise Mejia shared a video on Twitter and TikTok showing how to properly wear a face mask — while using a bra as a visual aid
Don’t be a boob! She compared wearing a mask under one’s to chin to wearing a bra pulled down under one’s breasts
In the clip — which she calls ‘How to properly wear a mask, lady’s guide’ — Denise pulls a bright blue sports bra over her shirt, securing it over her chest in the normal, effective way someone would wear a bra.
She then puts on a matching face mask, also worn properly over her nose and mouth.
Next, she switches things up, pulling her mask down so it sits under her chin and leaves her mouth and nose exposed.
Similarly, she pulls down the bra to bunch up under her breasts.
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In both cases, it’s clear that this not only looks ridiculous, but defeats the purpose of wearing either piece.
She then hangs the face mask from one ear, so that it still doesn’t cover her mouth or nose.
Mirroring that, she pulls her sports bra down diagonally, removing one strap so that it covers one breast but not the other.
Again, wearing both the mask and bra this way hardly does anything useful for the wearer — and once again, it looks quite silly.
She goes in the opposite direction, too, wearing the mask up on her forehead like a sweatband that partially covers her eyes — much like one man was recently pictured doing on an airplane.
Nip this in the bud! Many people also wear masks over their mouths but not their noses. Wearing a bra pulled too low wouldn’t be to useful, either
Show your support! The ‘lady’s guide’ to wearing a mask has quickly gone viral
Her bra has also been bunched up above her chest, which naturally makes it quite ineffective as far as bras go.
Finally, Denise demonstrates one of the most popular — and just as ineffective — ways that people mis-wear masks, stringing it across her face so that it covers her mouth, but sits below her nose.
Her bra, too, has been pulled down so that she is spilling out of the top.
Comments have quickly poured in from viewers, who are calling the video ‘perfect,’ ‘clever and effective,’ and ‘freaking awesome.’
The year 2020 has brought a lot of change on the world — including that, for the first time ever, it is socially acceptable for people to wear bras on their faces
Social media users have shared their own DIY bra masks, using a single bra cup as the ‘mask’ and a strap — cut and re-sewn — as the strap around the back of the head
Looks good on everyone! According to the New York Times, the air purifier company Smart Air found in a test that bra pads work about as well as a cotton T-shirt
Meanwhile, some people have realized that bras and masks have other things in common — and are making masks from bras.
Social media users have shared their own DIY bra masks, using a single bra cup as the ‘mask’ and a strap — cut and re-sewn — as the strap around the back of the head.
Men and women alike have worn these bra masks, which range from basic beige to frilly lace to sexy leopard print or bedazzled details.
Comedian Chelsea Handler even made her own, sharing a how-to on Instagram. Her version, which required no sewing, works best for bigger bras and involves wrapping the entire garment around the head.
According to the New York Times, the air purifier company Smart Air found in a test that bra pads work about as well as a cotton T-shirt.
‘Smart Air said it tested a “muslin and sponge” bra pad that captured 76 percent of large particles and 14 percent of small particles,’ the Times reported.
Atsumi Fashion, a Japanese intimate apparel company in Toyama, Japan, has been using bra materials to make masks it now sells online (not pictured)
DIYed: A few Etsy sellers are also offering options on the site
According to the Japanese Times, Atsumi Fashion, a Japanese intimate apparel company in Toyama, Japan, has been using bra materials to make masks it now sells online.
The shift came when an employee realized that the bra materials were similar to ones used in masks.
Ebra: The Emergency Bra ‘can be transformed into two facemasks to reduce the inhalation of harmful chemical, biohazard and dust particulate when PPE is not available’
‘We hope we can contribute to society as the mask shortage continues,’ said Hiroshi Hinata, the company’s sales manager. ‘Even these masks can prevent the virus from spreading to others through coughing or sneezing.’
Esty sellers have also been selling bras turned into masks.
One US company that’s been around since before the pandemic is selling the Emergency Bra, which ‘can be transformed into two facemasks to reduce the inhalation of harmful chemical, biohazard and dust particulate when personal protective equipment (PPE) is not available’.
‘The comfortable, cushioned bra is uniquely made with specialized filtration layers similar to an N95, and has an adjustable headband and nose clip allowing it to fit most face shapes and sizes. Unlike conventional PPE, the bra can also be washed and reused,’ reads the brand’s website.
The Emergency bra costs $39.99.
Fast Company points out that it’s actually not so surprising that masks are being made from bras — since bras inspired the N95 mask.