Vogue France says ‘yes to the headscarf.’ Some Muslim women are not happy

Vogue France has been criticized after publishing a social media post that many users branded as offensive to Muslim women amid a culture of increasingly public Islamophobia in France.

Sharing a photo on Instagram on Friday of actress and model Julia Fox wearing a piece of fabric wrapped around her head, the outlet accompanied it with the caption “yes to the headscarf.”

The caption has since been edited to remove this line, but Vogue France did not acknowledge the change.https://e06ea1012c64c9d19776eef9438dccc5.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.htmlThe photo was posted as part of a montage featuring Fox and her boyfriend, rapper Kanye West, at Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris. Two of the photos included West wearing a balaclava through which only his eyes were visible.

“Yes to the headscarf — those few words were so simple,” French-Moroccan model and activist Hanan Houachmi told CNN via video call. “Yet we’ve been begging and waiting and fantasizing about the day we will hear them, for us as hijabi women.”Houachmi said the hijab had been “reduced to just a simple accessory,” with Fox, who is White and non-Muslim, able to wear a headscarf as part of a “trend,” while the hijab, in Houachmi’s view, is seen by the French government as the “uniform of terrorists.

“In 2011, France became the first country in Europe to ban all face-covering garments in public spaces, including balaclavas, masks, burqas and niqabs. Several other countries, including Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark followed with their own bans, partials bans and local bans of face coverings.

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