In 1907, at the height of her popularity, Australian Annette Kellerman was arrested on Revere Beach, Massachusetts, for indecency – she was wearing one of her fitted one-piece costumes
I have been hesitant to write on this subject of the French beach Burkini ban when I have personally visited Saudi Arabia as part of the KSA Lingerie Campaign. I have worn and been photographed wearing a hijab and its for this reason I thought it would be sensible to remain neutral. I don’t vote in France and when I visit France I wear a bikini or one piece.
I have decided to comment, as on Thursday outside the French Embassy in London a protest was conducted by women wearing Burkini’s. The tradition and culture of France is being challenged coerced and condemned on the streets of London and in beloved Britain.
As someone that has had a bikini 100% made in France and launched my very first Bikini range in Paris, France in 2013, I have to stand up for #teambikini.
Tradition, Culture are being bounced about, like the wobbly bits bursting from the bikini bottom and tiny triangle tops and all the while the traditions of relaxing on the beach in peace, worshipping the sun, reading a good book, taking a dip in the ocean are being over taken by statement swimsuits on the beach.
But its not the first time someone has been arrested on a beach in a swimsuit and I doubt it will be the last. Annette Kellerman was arrested on Revere Beach, Massachusetts, for indecency when she wore one of her fitted one piece costumes in 1907.
Ironically Annette Kellerman born and bred in Sydney Australia, ended her days on the Gold Coast. I was born in Sydney moved to the Gold Coast and my family live there today.
Papers are claiming that the creator of the Burkini is Australian but Ms Zanetti was born in Lebanon and immigrated.
Following the 2005 riots, Cronulla council invited Muslim women to become lifesavers in an effort to make the beach more inclusive.
Ms Zanetti was commissioned to design a modest version of the iconic red and yellow swimsuit for the new volunteers to wear.
The world is wondering What exactly is the power of 25cm of Lycra material & 2 meters of elastic.
France is at the forefront of the “Butt Four”(but for) the Bikini test. Making a monumental case for less is indeed more.
Most of the beaches where bans have been imposed are on the Riviera in south-east France.
However, few are thought to have issued fines other than the authorities at Cannes and Nice, where more than 20 fines have been handed out
Barbara Streisand in the sixties sang a song titled when in Rome do as the Romans do?
So what do the Romans do in France they wear bikini’s they even go topless.
What do the Romans do in Britain, they wear Bikinis 👙 which is 100% more modest than the Freikörperkulturst ‘nudist’ camps in Germany or the fondness for nude sauna’s and birch beating branches practices in Scandinavia.
What do the Romans do Down Under on Bondi Beach ? They wear Bikinis 👙 well every one except Nigella!
What do the romans do in USA well the beach boys sang it so successfully
The West coast has the sunshine
And the girls all get so tanned
I dig a French bikini on Hawaii island
Dolls by a palm tree in the sand
I wish they could be California girls.
There is a beach volleyball game of ideas being served up. I’m standing firmly in the quick sand on the side of “team bikini” I stand ready to serve a volley to win game set & match on the shoulder of giants. Icons of the perfect 10, Bo Derek in a bikini 👙 ?
The journey of a bikini 👙 is a fascinating and alluring and down right glamorous in moments. Starting in France its designed, colour pallets set by trend agents and presented to professionals at the trade shows in Paris & Lyon.
A year later your buying a bikini 👙 for your summer 🎆 holiday. Something that everyone has experienced by birth right is the right to wear a bikini 👙 at the beach.
Well that was what I thought until June 2009, I was looking at the sea & a beach off the shore of Jeddah. Not a bikini in sight, well in Jeddah, the romans don’t do bikinis 👙 The rule of law is enforced by the religious police.
The Islamic religious police (Arabic: مطوع muṭawwiʿ, plural مطوعون muṭawwiʿūn – derived from Arabic: mutaṭawwiʿa/muṭṭawwiʿa) is the official vice squad of some Islamic states, who on behalf of the state, enforces Sharia law in respect to religious behavior (morality), or the precepts of Wahhabism.
Anything that breaks the laws of morality are brought to the attention of the mutaween and was the very reason I was standing in Saudi Arabia in the first place. Images of women in lingerie were blacked out 100%, men were only allowed to sell lingerie products and the woman that invited me into Saudi had been stopped by the religious police for trying to remove the label to view what the lingerie product looked like.
In 2016, with people protesting, outside the French embassy in London wearing a Burkini. How many of the British women have been to middle east countries with dress restrictions against the right to wear a bikini?
What point are they making?
I was unable to wear my normal clothes, I had to wear an abaya and hijab, I was respectively adhering to law staying in my hotel room not being in public alone. Definitely not defiantly wearing a bikini on Jeddah seafront. When in Rome, I did as the Romans did! I covered up, I changed, I respected the customs the law and the local dress style.
I ask the simple question why is the western legal system being challenged by those that are not OK to follow when in Rome do as the Romans do! You cant have the rule of law, all times, all countries, otherwise we then have a single government, a single rule, that supersedes all countries.
Can there be grounds for “Bikini Exit”? Was Brexit a partial response to EU law superseding British law. Other wise what is the point of a constitution, royal families, privy councils and individual nations government.
Could the Bikini actually be the symbol of The right to vote in your country, your local government and your local council. How and why does the “burkini” symbolise human rights in 21st century?
What do nuns do when they visit the beach?
Why have we not seen a claim of a habit to be worn on a beach as human rights?
I might make light, to make a point of this? I might jest about a “Butt Four” test. But would any one come and save me, defend me, and claim my human rights if I made a decision to wear a bikini 👙 on a Saudi beach?
Of course being a rational, and law abiding visitor to another nation. Its not an action I would take. Only for the sake of debate do I illustrate the two sides of the Lycra liability.
Big words like human rights are being attached to 1 meter of Lycra with a zipper versus 25 cm of Lycra with 2 meters of Elastic.
Who where and when will my human right to wear a bikini on Jeddah beach be defended. The answer is never, so why are these big two words, being associated with what is happening on the Riviera.
I have to stand up for #teambikini.
What team will you stand up for?