Face mask faceoff: 5 weird face masks pulling focus

CBC Kids News • Published 2021-04-14 06:00

From high-tech to total wrecks


There’s nothing that makes you more you than your face.

So how do you stand out as an individual when you have to cover half of it with a mask?

From TikTok users to big celebrities, people have been trying to mix up the standard face mask with mixed results — some cool, some controversial.

Before we get into the list, it’s important to remember that experts say good mask habits are critical for your safety now that new COVID-19 variants are circulating. 

The Canadian government recommends wearing three-layer masks that fit snugly onto your face.

Your mask fits well if it has:

So, do these news-y masks meet the bar? Take a look:

1. Storm trooper chic

(Image credit: Xupermask/Instagram)

Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am recently partnered with a company called Honeywell to create this mask straight out of the year 3000.

Called the Xupermask, the mask includes multi-speed fans, air filters, bluetooth connectivity and built-in noise-cancelling headphones, as well as LED lights.

Oh, and it can also mow your lawn. Just kidding! We’ll have to wait for version 2.0 for that feature.

2. Face-shield fail

(Image credit: papculture/TikTok)

Addison Rae, one of the biggest faces on TikTok, was criticized for the way she chose to conceal her face when she posed with fans after appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on March 26.

The influencer was photographed while using a hand-held glass face shield, drawing backlash from users on social media who said it didn’t meet U.S. guidelines for masks, which should fit snugly on the face.

3. Face-printed mask

(Image credit:  Kusteez/TikTok)

Back in February, Montreal designer Dan Atlan found a creative way to troll strangers when he created a mask depicting the lower part of his face with a surgical mask pulled down below his mouth.

The invention made him go viral on TikTok with videos of strangers asking him to “put [his] mask on, please,” only to have Atlan pull down the mask and reveal the trick.

4. Pinocchio beware

(Image credit: Reuters)

Researchers in Mexico have created and patented a nose-only mask to reduce the spread of COVID-19 during activities that require a mask to be taken off, such as going to the dentist or eating in a restaurant.

They say the nose-only mask isn’t meant to be a substitute for regular face masks.

Aside from partial COVID-19 protection, this could also be a good option for those with gassy siblings.

5. Mesh mask brought to task

 (Image credit: LDRdailybr/Instagram)

In November 2020, pop star Lana Del Rey was criticized for wearing a mesh face mask while posing with fans at a Los Angeles bookstore during a reading of her new book.

It was unclear if Del Rey’s mask had a secure, transparent lining underneath.

With files from Reuters


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