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People Are Pissed At Lana Del Rey For Wearing A Useless Mesh Mask To Meet Fans

It's very pretty, entirely pointless, and potentially dangerous.

Lana Del Rey criticised for wearing useless mesh mask in fan meet and greets

Lana Del Rey just released her debut poetry book, Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass, and to celebrate, held an impromptu reading and signing in LA — breaking out her most glamourous and useless mash mask for the occasion.

Rey appeared at a Barnes and Noble store in Los Angeles over the weekend for the reading, and was soon criticised online after she posted photos of the event on her Instagram.

The mask, which she also wore in a recent cover shoot with Interview, clearly fails to follow the World Health Organisation‘s guidelines over masks used as a preventative measure to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Ideally, cloth masks should include three layers made of differing materials. While this means many cloth masks aren’t up to WHO standard, Rey’s is so obviously ineffective (it’s not even one layer) that it’s purely a fashion statement.

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In fan photos, Rey poses without social distancing, prompting criticism that she’s endangering herself and fans. “YOUR MASK WON’T WORK IF IT HAS HOLES IN IT,” reads a comment on her Instagram post of the event. “Lana sweetie what is this mask,” wrote another.

According to The Guardian, Rey’s sister Chuck Grant has said that Rey had “tested negative” for the virus and remained distanced from fans.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 tests don’t necessarily catch the virus antibodies early within infection, which is why a 14-day quarantine is recommended for those who come into suspected contact with the virus, or why a negative test doesn’t give one licence to drop preventative measures like social distancing, sanitising or mask-wearing.

Rey was also compared unfavourably to a Brazillian beauty salon owner, who went viral in June after posting a selfie to advertise their tulle masks which offer “delicacy and femininity”. Her mask was also compared to fruit foam nets.

At the event, Rey reportedly announced she plans to release her next album Chemtrails Over The Country Club this December. It follows Norman Fucking Rockwell!, released last year to mass acclaim.