Burqa + Bikini = Burqini. Its the new swimwear from Ahiida Zaneti in Australia. It seems she is exporting the new sportswear and swimwear gears designed to protect the "modesty" of the Muslim women! A Muslim lady in the Surf Life Saving Australia – called Mecca Laalaa, has adopted it as the dress of choice
"I’m part of history, that’s what’s so exciting about this,” said Mecca Laalaa, who will be the first to wear the outfit on patrol next weekend.
Ms Laalaa is one of 17 men and women from Sydney’s Muslim community who qualified to become lifesavers as part of a Call The Same Wave program.
Introduced after the Cronulla riots, it promotes ethnic harmony and encourages Australians from diverse cultural backgrounds to become lifesavers.
Lee Howell, of Surf Life Saving Australia, said the burquini, made from polyester and teflon, had created worldwide interest.
Middle Eastern and European countries were keen to introduce the costume in their surf-rescue operations, he said.
For Ms Laalaa, it has given her the freedom she dreamed about.
Growing up, she was never allowed to swim at the beach.
"It wasn’t safe to swim in cotton pants and a top. I could just go in up to my knees, but I used to get so jealous of everyone else,” she said.
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