Why Cardi B’s bold statement at Paris Fashion Week in a veiled head-to-toe number was needlessly belittled by the Muslim community when it was an entirely unrelated antidote to otherwise meagre fashion.
Following the French veil law in 2004, the niqaab was banned across France in 2010 along with Burkini bans in pockets of the country. While not a large chunk of Muslims wear the niqaab, those who do felt immediately ostracised and alienated in a growing Islamaphobic region.
These days, almost everything remotely related to the veil, hijab and niqaab is incredibly sensitive; it’s best to stay away from them, in particular in pop culture - unless you want to be hounded incessantly by communal social media vandals who prey on anything they deem ‘offensive.’ After French Montana’s risky take on modernising the Muslim Woman on his album cover, Cardi B is the next musician to ignite ire in the Muslim community. Her entirely veiled outfit at Paris Fashion Week had Muslims calling out hypocrisy and celebrity clout defying norms in the name of fashion. Now, while her outfit was completely veiled, it has little-to-no connection tethered to Islam, nor is Cardi B attempting to project any form of a political agenda - something that many perceive.
Her wallpaper-inspired statement is the creation of British designer Richard Quinn, who was moved by the simplicity in opaque floral patterns. To draw parallels between France’s growing intolerance for minorities and Cardi B’s fashion move is honestly a bit dimwitted and frivolous; it goes to show that Islamaphobia has left its victims in a state of vindictiveness and constant bitterness - which is understandable, but not necessary to go to every length to claim your group of people have been targeted….when really they haven’t. It’s just consequential that Cardi B happened to don something very bold (she’s always willing to go the experimental route with fashion - remember her archival Mugler number )? Via @iamcardib