Newest in Religious Fashion

Women jogging in their burqinis

The New York Times recently ran a terrific article on a new Australian phenomenon: religious Muslim women who wear burqas are retaking the beaches and the oceans. This has been made possible through the efforts of community activists who have encouraged women to get involved in lifeguarding as an extension of their Muslim values, and through the creation of a piece of swimwear that is compatible with their religious requirements, the burqini (shown above).

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