FASHION TRENDS with ANGELA CHISHIMBA
SIXTY-EIGHT years ago, the most abused bikini shocked people when it first arrived on the fashion scene. French fashion models who were supposed to wear it refused to do so because of its revealing cut.
Borrowing writer Julia Turnerâ€™s statement, itâ€™s hard to comprehend how shocking people once found the bikini.
The case now is different as the bikini is won at fashion shows, beaches, swimming pools and surprisingly in night clubs, in the most revealing way possible.
The sad reality is that the bikini that made its debut at a poolside fashion show in Paris, in 1946, is now being abused in Africa and Zambia in particular.
The question is what has gone wrong with our morals? Are we sacrificing our morals in the name of fashion? Have we lost our cultural values in preference of the western style?
These are two critical questions we need to answer.
We can still be as fashionable as possible but still maintain our cultural values.
I feel bikinis expose women to sexual exploitation, and must be banned from category wear of fashion shows.
I always wonder why women accept to be abused during these so-called fashion shows when their male counterparts are decently dressed.
This is food for thought as we enter the New Year, and I would like to thank Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Robert Sichinga for giving me this topic this week. Itâ€™s good to know that you are one of the followers of my column Sir.
I wish you a happy 2015!
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