Jogging in Jeddah in “sports abayas”

Jogging in Jeddah in “sports abayas”

Pictures of Saudi female athletes in colorful “sports abayas” running in the Red Sea city of Jeddah went viral last month, setting off a new debate on sartorial freedoms for women in a country where the typically all-black, body-shrouding garment is obligatory in public.

Maldives to host beauty contest in “decent Islamic style”

Maldives to host beauty contest in “decent Islamic style”

The Maldives is getting its first beauty pageant later this month, with organisers emphasising the contest’s decency.“Even in the international stage the focus is no longer on the body. It is more than that. It will be very decent and, as countries like Malaysia and Morocco already take part in this it is easy to fit a Maldivian style,” said event organizer Shameem Ibrahim.

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