Denmark recently instituted the full-face veil ban. According to Vogue, it was cemented on 1 August that women found wearing such garments would be subject to a fine. It's sparked demonstrations from the Muslim and other communities, especially those living in Denmark.
In response, one designer sent her models down the runway at Copenhagen Fashion Week, clad in burqas and niqabs, alongside police officers, reports BBC.
The ban doesn't explicitly disallow burqas or niqabs, but states that "anyone who wears a garment that hides the face in public will be punished with a fine".
Iranian-born designer and founder of the label, MUF10 made said this in a statement:
"I have a duty to support all women's freedom of speech and freedom of thought. In Iran, where I was born, women fight to freely choose what to wear. In Denmark, where I grew up... women were free to choose how dressed or covered they wanted to dress."
The BBC notes that the Human Rights Watch has labelled the ban "discriminatory".
This statement on Twitter sums up the problem with this ban so beautifully.
Couldn't agree more.
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