Story: Personal grooming

All Blacks and make-up, 2004

All Blacks and make-up, 2004

In this 2004 cartoon All Black rugby team captain Tana Umaga is shown asking player Justin Marshall to pass the mascara. Marshall bleached his hair and team mate Ma’a Nonu used eyeliner. Their use of hair products and cosmetics prompted derisive comments from some quarters – with Marshall nicknamed 'Meg Ryan' (the name of a Hollywood actress) by some fans – and the suggestion that Nonu be required to conform to the All Black’s tough-guy image.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: DCDL-0006323
Cartoon by Alistair Nisbet

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Bronwyn Dalley, 'Personal grooming - Cosmetics', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 April 2023)

Story by Bronwyn Dalley, published 5 Sep 2013