Beach towns around France are following suit after the mayor of Cannes announced he'd be banning so-called "burkinis." Those are head-to-toe swimsuits typically worn by devout Muslim women when they head to beaches or swimming pools. The legs, arms, body, neck, and even hair are covered in swim-friendly fabrics in an effort to mimic the traditionally modest dress code for non-swimming times. But after tensions caught fire following the Nice massacre at the hands of a Tunisian truck driver earlier this summer, Cannes mayor David Lisnard called the style of swimwear “a uniform that is the symbol of Islamist extremism," and major controversy has ensued.
Well, what do Real Housewives — known for their (ahem) less modest swimwear — think of the drama? "When in France, do as the French do," Real Housewives of Dallas' Marie Reyes told Jet Set exclusively. "Save the burkini for Saudi Arabia and don't forget to practice safe sun!"
It's no surprise though that the Dallas entrepreneur and founder of Rags2Riches, a skincare line complete with SPF products to protect nearly-naked bodies, has such a strong opinion about the newest legislation in Cannes, France banning people from wearing obviously religious garb to the beach.
The ban, signed into effect by Cannes' own mayor, is intended to keep beach-goers and tourists safe from the possible threat of terrorism. "Access to beaches and for swimming is banned to anyone who does not have (bathing apparel) which respects good customs and secularism," said Cannes mayor Lisnard, who noted that these are some of the founding principles of the French republic.
The legislation states, "Beachwear which ostentatiously displays religious affiliation, when France and places of worship are currently the target of terrorist attacks, is liable to create risks of disrupting public order."
As of this weekend, Cannes isn't the only beachside city in France to ban the burkini, adding the smaller, more quaint Villeneuve-Loubet to the growing list of bukini-ban zones. Mayor Lionnel Luca shared that, “In France, one does not come to the beach dressed to display one’s religious convictions, especially as they are false convictions that the religion does not demand.”
It seems like things are heating up and the clothes are coming off.
Politics and religion aside, isn't it topsy turvy to be living in a time when wearing less clothing is actually considered less ostentatious?
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