Her Voice

Is Modelling a Stigma in the Middle East?

Series 02 Episode 15 - 06.05.2016

Now when the Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana  launched a line of hijabs and abayas  in the label’s signature , Muslims and non-Muslim fashionistas alike have greeted the  announcement with jubilation. The collection has been hailed as both long overdue and worth the wait as the pieces are so gorgeously crafted that they could easily appeal to nonbelievers.Forbes called it the brand’s “smartest move in years,” the latest evidence that inclusiveness can, and often does, make financial sense for companies with an eye on the global marketplace. But what about the models that took to the catwalk modelling the latest designs from this top brand while wearing the hijab? Is it not against Islamic tradition that females exhibit themselves in front of an audience of males and females and to be touched and exposed to male designers backstage? Is this  kind of provocative and exhibitionist behavior in the mainstream fashion industry acceptable and is modelling a statement of liberalism and freedom from fascist Islamic ideas or are models stigmatized and frowned upon in the Middle East? These are some of the questions that I will be asking my guests in todays show. But first, lets take a look at the modelling industry in the middle East and the arab models that have succeeded in making it to the top!

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