France just learned that telling women what they can or cannot wear never ends well.
When Aheda Zanetti designed the burkini more than a decade ago, she did it for one very simple reason.
"I created them to stop Muslim children from missing out on swimming lessons and sports activities," the Australian-based designer told Politico. "There was nothing out there to suit their needs."
For the uninitiated, a burkini — a portmanteau of "burqa" and "bikini" — is essentially a full-coverage wetsuit that some Muslim women choose to wear for personal or religious reasons.