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The combination of the words "burka" and "bikini" describe a swimsuit that covers the whole body with the exception of the face, hands and feet. It is primarily worn by Muslim women.
This bathing garment was invented by Australian Aheda Zanetti in 2003. It is intended to encourage Muslim women to swim, while allowing them to adhere to Islam's modest dress code. The burkini is also worn by those who simply wish to protect their skin from the sun. The garment has been outlawed in some parts of France and has stirred controversy in the Western world.
The Black Lives Matters movement, burkini bans and recent violence against transsexuals are leaving their mark on the fashion world. A few models and agents are fighting a hesitant industry for inclusion - with success.