Hijabi Beauty and Fashion Icon Wafa Yahya Listed 4 Reasons for Defying the Debate on Women Wearing What They Want
Dubai-based beauty and fashion icon Wafa Yahya and the brain behind the beauty and style blog Wafa’s Diary shed some light on the recent controversy on banning the popular swimwear burkini in some parts of the world.
The seaside city of Cannes, France, has made the controversial decision to ban women from wearing “burkinis,” or full-body swimsuits last week which cause major outbreak worldwide. Concern demographics such as Muslim women and Hijabi style advocates does not agree with the new law.
“First of all I want to ensure that I am totally against forcing people to wear a certain kind of clothing. Whether a person wants to cover more or less is a personal issue. At the end of the day, we are all different and these differences should be respected by everyone and guaranteed by law,” Wafa Yahya said. “The recent move of banning women from wearing burkini is supposed to protect women, but the ordinance ignores the fact that wearing a burkini ― just like wearing any other type of clothes ― is a personal choice and means of expressing individual style,” she added
As a Dubai-based Hijabi beauty and fashion icon, Yahya understands the value of freedom on choosing personal style and respect on cultures.
So in defense of the burkini, here are FOUR reasons for defying the myths and breaking the stereotypes:
1. Celebration of freedom
I want to break the norm that women do not have a freedom to choose what they would like to wear whether on the beach or work. It is not true. Women can wear whatever we want and this is all a personal choice. Though some are falling over themselves to restrict freedom of dress, celebrate the meaning of true democracy by buying one of many choices available to you and remind the world that égalité is also about diversité.
2. Diversity makes us all unique
Whether to wear a burkini, a two piece swimwear, or a diving suite is a reflection of our personal taste, culture, religious view, ethnicity and race. Recognizing and valuing the many differences that make us who we are is vital to our culture and values. Our diversity also encompasses many differences that are not so easily seen, such as life experiences, religion and family situations, just to name a few. Accepting the different assortments in one society reflects tolerance and that what makes it unique.
3. It’s Fashionable!
The burkini market has boomed in recent years, giving many Muslim fashion designers new ways to experiment with design. Many fashion houses started having a burkini line meant to keep the body covered for spiritual or health reasons “without compromising on style. Just like any other popular fashion apparels, burkini is simply a variation of a swimwear. Men are allowed to wear scuba suits on the beach or pool (either for style purposes or health reasons) and that is totally fine, so why not burkini for women?
4. Ordering women what to wear is a violation for human rights
Liberty and justice mean giving people the right to choose what they want to wear. Similarly as giving them the right to choose what they want eat, where they want to live and what they want to study. It is not morally accepted to obligate people on what choices they make for their lives including clothing. The right to clothing is an aspect of the right to an adequate standard of living, and as such, is regarded as something that needs to be ensured to all humans.