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Fashion Designer Dresses Models In Hijab And Niqab To Protest Danish Burqa Ban
By Izza Sofia, 10 Aug 2018
Model dressed in a niqab. Image via Shutterstock
Danish designer Reza Etamadi has taken a bold step against Denmark’s latest burqa ban.
During Copenhagen Fashion Week, the Iranian-born designer sent models down the runway wearing Muslim hijabs (full body garments) and niqabs (veils covering all of the face except the eyes) to stand up for women’s rights to wear the traditional Muslim garbs.
The fashion show for his brand MUF10 took place days after the Danish government banned Muslim women from covering their heads, bodies, and faces in the Muslim attire.
These models wearing the Muslim attires were seen standing alongside other models dressed in police uniforms, while the remaining models walked down the runway showcasing MUF10’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection.
Etamadi believes that what women wear should not be dictated by the government. He said that he has a duty to support “women’s freedom of speech [and] thought” and stated that the new law violates the “free choice” that the western world is known for.
Individuals who are caught wearing the hijab or niqab will have to pay a fine amounting more than £100 (US$127.47) for the first offense. However, this figure can climb to £1,200 (US$1,529.64) and potentially a jail sentence of up to six months.
Fashion designer Reza Etamadi protested the burqa ban in Denmark by putting them in his latest runway show pic.twitter.com/aWfpBCV0b5— NowThis (@nowthisnews) August 9, 2018
[via The Independent, opening image via Shutterstock]
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