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Posted in Beachwear, BIKINI, France, London, United States of America with tags , , , , , , , on August 28, 2016 by harlette


History Repeats

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.

Elastic Heart

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?

Tweet #teambikini





Posted in Art, BIKINI, Braconomics, Burlesque, CELEBRITY, Dubai, Fashion, Fashion Design, France, Italy, Madonna, OLYMPICS, POLITICS, Saudi Arabia, SWIMMING, Twitter, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2009 by harlette

In 1946, France declared the BIKINI was born when designer Louis Reard named his piece after the bikini atoll, where America had been testing the atom bomb. Although at the time it was considered too shocking and indecent to wear, it was modeled by a show girl. One year later in 1947 in Venice Beach California, a woman was arrested for wearing a BIKINI.


Fast Forward just 60 years to Aug 2009, and we are seeing FRANCE,  declaring war on a woman named Carol, in a bathing hall, she was banned for wearing a BURKINI,


Essentially a lycra swimsuit, those seen quite regularly at the Olympics, doned by buff swimmers, remenicent of the long johns and bathing caps think IAN THORPEDO THORPE.

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Less than a week later, the Italy jumps onboard and decide to ban the BURKINI, women wearing the garment made up of a veil, a tunic and loose leggings face a fine of 500 euros ($A850) if spotted at swimming pools or riversides in the northern Piedmont town of Varallo Sesia.


 Mayor Gianluca Buonanno was quoted as saying.”The sight of a ‘masked woman’ could disturb small children not to mention problems of hygiene,” “We don’t have to be tolerant all the time,” he said. Justifying the move, Buonanno added: “Imagine a Western woman bathing in a bikini in a Muslim country. The consequences could be decapitation, prison or deportation. We are merely prohibiting the use of the burqini.”

I mean if it was BORAT, showing up in his mankini I would totally understand, the ban


Public adoption of lingerie and swimwear fashion, even in main stream France  is very behind, take the G-string, basically this lingerie item has been a burlesque staple 85 years before it hits the beaches in southern France in early 1970s.

The debate, between lingerie and swimwear trends is one of extremes ,one occurs inside a private place, or private restricted club and the other occurs outside in the general public where all ages of society interact and socialise.

This debate that the mayor in Italy introduces about “scaring the children” introduces a new level of fear into society “of woman dressed in black”  a little reminiscent of the a witch hunt in  of 1500’s if I may be so bold. 

Speaking of modern witch hunts on February 16, 2008 a Saudi woman, Fawza Falik, was arrested and convicted of witchcraft and now faces imminent beheading for sorcery unless the King issues a rare pardon.


In the 1920’s, 1960’s it was fear of the promiscious women, the openly available women that bring disorder to society with her brazen ways and open dress, in 2009 its fear of the unavailable woman bringing disorder to our society for not wanting to conform to enticing sexuality amongst society.

What is a woman to do????

In the early 1900’s an Australian really was the start of this movement, The modern “bikini  wars” started to emerge  in 1907, when an Australian swimmer and performer Annette Kellerme the Diving Venus was arrested on a Boston beach for wearing a form-fitting one-piece which became an accepted swimsuit for women by 1910.

Annette Kellerman

The 1920’s- 1930’s really was when all the liberation was really taking place, that is why it so interesting that in 2009, when we have seen semi indications that fashion and finances are looking back to this time. We are seeing a resurgence in jewellers inspired by art deco, pundits comparing our financial markets corrections with the crash of 1929 and the great depression of the 1930’s and yet around this back drop is the ever changing understanding of civil liberties in what one can and cannot wear..


Bras that were once burned, are now  held high and waved about to improve pricing structures, or demanding a level of service without men, especially if they are DD cup or larger. 

Now the level of flesh that one deems socially acceptable is being challenged, France and Italy are saying no to modesty and yes to exhibitionism, in a “STAND” against ” THE SO CALLED ENEMY”… “THE BURKINI”

Are we in the midst of a political issue, or just a fashion trend cycle, that is it normal for us, rebelling against what is, to make way for change. Will this ban on Burka’s, Burkini’s etc accellerate the use of these items throughout western society at an even faster rate..


My personal opinion is while Madonna is still in leotards,  I think its safe to say that SIN is STILL IN, but if they next show that


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Lady GA GA 

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Bring to the world, have full length Lycra leotards with hoods, then we are indeed in for a little bit of trouble…Well at least we can all take comfort in the fact that it will be sometime still, until Lilly Allen has perfected the look, any way….


Personal Preference is Paramount and just like burning of the bra has come full pendulum back to using the bra as an economic symbol are we now about to witness the BIKINI WARS.

Where the front lines will be fought over the BURKINI and “the right not to show flesh”,  while riding the waves in Positano and paddling in the Parisian le piscine’s.

Time will tell, what next banning wetsuits for divers and surfers for what could be interpreted as sympathetic inspired attire???

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