Models in Burqas, Niqabs on Copenhagen Catwalk to Protest Danish Islamic Cover Ban

Published August 10th, 2018 - 04:08 GMT
Models in Burqas Walk Runway at Copenhagen Fashion Week (Twitter)
Models in Burqas Walk Runway at Copenhagen Fashion Week (Twitter)

Models wearing burqas and niqabs have strutted down the catwalk at Copenhagen Fashion Week in protest of Denmark's ban on Islamic face coverings.

Iranian-born designer Reza Etamadi caused a stir as he showed off his MUF10 brand on Wednesday, days after the law came into effect on August 1.

'I have a duty to support all women's freedom of speech and freedom of thought,' he said.



Mr Etamadi said that by enforcing the ban, authorities were violating women's rights and 'the free choice we in the Western world are known for and proud to have.'

His show included women in the full-body garments as well as a model wearing a hijab with sunglasses and a t-shirt with Arabic writing on it.

Beefy male models dressed as police were also part of the provocative display, either representing the enforcement of the law or the demonstrations the previous week.

There was also a huge pile of flowers and two masked men sitting on the ground in handcuffs next to the policemen.

At one point a female model dressed as a policewoman hugged one of the niqab-wearing women, possibly reenacting a similar scene during the protest.

Denmark's much-debated 'Burqa Ban' prohibits burqas and niqab - a Muslim head and torso covering which only shows the eyes -Protesters wearing niqab and body-length burqas marched in Copenhagen on August 1 to protest against the laws on the day they came into force.

Hundreds of demonstrators, most with children, marched in solidarity with Muslim women despite risking fines of 1,000 kroner (£120) or jail time.

Non-niqab-wearing Muslim women and non-Muslim Danes with faces masked or covered also took part. in public places. Both are rare in the Scandinavian country.

Restrictions on Islamic face veils were approved by MPs in May after being brought forward by the country's centre-right coalition, known for tightening asylum and immigration rules in recent years.

Anyone forcing a person to wear garments covering the face by using force or threats can be fined or face up to two years in prison.

Austria, France and Belgium have similar bans, claiming they are not aimed at any religion in particular, and don't ban headscarves, turbans or the traditional Jewish skull cap.

As of 2017, non-Western immigrants, about half of whom are Muslim, account for 8.7 percent of Denmark's 5.7 million population.


This article has been adapted from its original source.

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