Non-Muslims flock to buy burkinis as French bans raise profile of the modest swimwear style

“On a beach, a woman is expected to expose her body, and it’s that refusal which has captured attention. Lawson is defying our social conventions to protect herself – her privacy and her skin. And there is a sneaking understanding, even admiration, in many quarters for her gesture. Evident among all the women commenting is a weary recognition of the ordeal of swimwear – the hair removal and fake tans required to meet even minimal standards. And there’s an appreciation of how this falls punitively on famous women, whose bodies abroad are scrutinised for extra bulges, cellulite and sag; if anyone is in any doubt as to what Lawson shrewdly dodged, look at some of the harsh judgments on her bikini-clad companion. Few women can fail to understand Lawson’s urge to wrap up.”

The Ugly Truth

Nigella Lawson in her burkini on Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia.
Nigella Lawson in her burkini on Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Matrixpictures.co.uk

Sabba – A few years ago, TV celebrity cook, jewess Nigella Lawson made the headlines when she wore a ‘burkini’ while holidaying in Australia. The UK media were extremely soft and understanding and found tons of good reasons to explain and justify her choice to cover from head to toes, one of them being that covering up is the best protection against skin cancer (just look at the Tuareg people and see how they fight negative effects of sun exposure). Here is what the Guardian had to say:

“On a beach, a woman is expected to expose her body, and it’s that refusal which has captured attention. Lawson is defying our social conventions to protect herself – her privacy and her skin. And there is a sneaking understanding, even admiration, in many quarters for her gesture. Evident among all the women…

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