No matter your feelings about the burkini, skin cancer survivors are putting on the head-to-toe swimwear to protect them from the sun, an outcome no one expected from the controversial swimwear.
Aheda Zanetti creator of the Burkini, says many of her customers are not Muslims at all. She has been slammed with orders from skin cancer survivors around the globe saying they had always wished to find something like the Burkini. You can order them here.
The debate around France’s controversial burkini ban continued to rage Friday with reaction from both sides of the fence to the country’s top administrative court overturning a ban in the Riviera town of Villeneuve-Loubet.
The move, which is expected to precipitate a collapse in all the other regional edicts, was welcomed by the likes of Amnesty International but condemned by far-right figures, including the National Front leader Marine Le Pen.
Amnesty hailed the move as “an important line in the sand,” while Le Pen insisted the battle is not over, the Associated Press reports.
Consumers, meanwhile, have embraced the fashion item with open arms.
Sales of the burkini, or burqini, have actually spiked amid the furor, its Australian-Lebanese creator Aheda Zanetti has said. And many people buying the item are not Muslim.
“It’s just been so hectic,” she told reporters. “I can tell you that online on Sunday, we received 60 orders — all of them non-Muslim.”
Zanetti says she normally gets 10 to 12 orders on a Sunday.
She’s also been inundated with correspondence expressing support and gratitude for the garment, which covers a woman’s head and body and provides protection from the sun.
“A lot of the correspondence was that they are survivors of skin cancer and they’ve always been looking for something like this saying ‘Thank God we’ve found someone like this producing such a swimsuit,'” Zanetti said.
“The support I’m getting is somehow about empowering women. I feel like I’ve been a counselor. It’s a cry of need that they want to have this enjoyment.”
The burkini ban first came into force in Cannes on July 28 amid heightened tension and fear following several terror attacks in the country. It’s since been put in place in numerous other resort towns but has attracted widespread condemnation.
Friday’s ruling could set a precedent to reverse all the bans and also potentially enable women who have received fines to protest them, human rights lawyer Patrice Spinosi told the Associated Press.
“It is a decision that is meant to set legal precedent,” he said. “Today all the ordinances taken should conform to the decision of the Council of State. Logically the mayors should withdraw these ordinances. If not, legal actions could be taken. Today the state of law is that these ordinances are not justified. They violate fundamental liberties, and they should be withdrawn.”