Israel which is famous for naked beaches, brothels, sex-slavery and gay parades is lately turning to Burkini, long skirt, and hijab. For example, in late August 2016, Israeli pop-singer Hanna Goor was booted offstage at a concert in Ashdod for wearing a mini short, and bikini top.
On December 14, 2016, forty Israeli Knesset female staffers showed up to work in mini skirts and black leggings in protest of extension of Knesset modest dressing rule effective since 1990s.
French Judo-Christians are the most allergic to Islamic ‘modesty clothing (Hijab and Burkini). On August 29, to show his hatred toward nine million French Muslims, French prime minister Manuel Valls (married to a Jew) became a laughing stock when he claimed that naked breasts and not the Muslim modest female beach dress Burkini represent French ‘secular values’.
It had long been customary for women in religious Jewish communities to cover their hairs, faces and arms to look modest and less attractive to the opposite sex at public places. One can notice even Jewish burqa women in Manhattan (N.Y) and in Jerusalem.
A growing number of young women from Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities in the West are using the internet to redefine what it means to dress modestly.
Modesty has a different meaning depending on religion.
Modest Muslim women cover everything but their faces, hands, and feet. Orthodox Jewish women cover their elbows, knees, collarbone, and if they’re married, their hair. Modest Christian largely focus on making sure their knees and shoulders are covered. All these women also make sure whatever they wear isn’t too form-fitting.
But their objective remains the same: Respecting their religions comes with rules, and they want to make sure they follow those rules.
Melanie Elturk, is founder and CEO Haute Hijab, an American online retailer, which offers stylish modest clothing for Muslim women. Elturk, a lawyer by profession, was born to a Lebanon-US Muslim father and a Filipino Catholic mother (watch below). She grew-up in Detroit, Michigan. She started wearing Hijab at age 13 and has continued that tradition with great passion through college, in profession and after her marriage.
“For me, it became so personal and I could never imagine taking it off. I really felt naked without it, like going outside without a shirt on,” she said in an interview.
Adi Heyman, a New Yorker, practices Orthodox Judaism. In 2010, she started a Facebook page called Fabologie to highlight modest looks on fashion runways. Heyman, as a married Jewish woman, never shows her hair, so she wears a blonde wig, complete with realistic roots.