Saudi Arabia’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, aka “morality police,” have arrested a woman after she uploaded a video of herself visiting a historic fort in a mini skirt and crop top.
This is the hardest place for non-Muslim travelers to visit in the world. I spent 16 years, and 1000 cups of tea, trying to set foot here. It is worth the wait.
What these designers and the general public do not understand is that this "fashion" has been around for thousands of years. For these women, modesty is not the next trend, it is a choice and at times, a difficulty.
Dolce & Gabbana is setting precedence by disregarding the influence of bigotry inundating media outlets that is geared toward Muslims, by releasing a collection intended for a highly-scrutinized community during a very sensitive time.
True, more than 80 percent of Saudi women showed up at the polls on Dec. 12. But anyone assuming the kingdom is at long last liberating its women is deceived.
Perhaps, like everything else, there is no single meaning of the abaya for Muslim women across the globe.
The garment worn compulsorily during my years in Saudi Arabia had found a permanent place in my wardrobe as I realized, on careful deliberation, that the benefits far outweighed its limitations.