Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, popularly known as Cardi B’s Paris Fashion Week appearance at the Eiffel Tower exposed the double standards of what women can and cannot wear, or rather, ‘which’ women can do what they please, in France.
The I like it rapper stepped out in a head-to-toe floral outfit by designer Richard Quinn, which oddly included a head scarf, fabric face mask, coat, long skirt, tights and shoes, with the same print.
The star surprised her fans in France with a funny video on Instagram, showcasing her new ‘look’. Although it may have helped her escaping paparazzi on the streets, the dress could not escape criticism from activists after the video went viral on Twitter.
The video captioned, “PARIS FASHION WEEK, I’M HERE!” with the star shouting and swearing,“I heard you guys were missing me at Fashion Week New York. I’m here to serve it to you all, and serve it to you cold,” the rapper said boldly. “Make sure a car don’t hit me ’cause I can’t see.”
The camouflaged Cardi certainly received more attention than the seductive Cardi, but it was not because of her choice to remain covered that gained her video popularity. Rather, it was because the residents in France are not provided with the choice to cover at all.
Where Vogue Magazine calls it the rappers ‘boldest look ever,’ people around the world are being prompted to question what ‘bold’ even is anymore.
According to HuffPost, a United Nations Human Rights Committee said in 2018 that the “French law disproportionately harmed the petitioners’ right to manifest their religious beliefs” and that “rather than protecting fully veiled women, could have the opposite effect of confining them to their homes, impeding their access to public services and marginalizing them.”
Game of Thrones actor Nathalie Emmanuel also pointed out the double standard in a tweet, writing, “I hope this reminds people that Niqabs are banned in public places in France & come with a fine of up to €150.”
The actor was not the only one to express her dissatisfaction as several users also took to twitter and reacted to the blatant discrimination.
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