When the New York-based artist Meriem Bennani took off this past August for a two-month stint of surfing, filming and researching in her native Rabat, Morocco, the 27-year-old commemorated the occasion by posting a quick Instagram video of herself whizzing between New York and Morocco with a single swing of the camera. Two weeks later, Bennani posted from a shoot in Barcelona: stills from the latest episode of “Fardaous Funjab,” her fake reality TV show centered on a fictitious hijab designer and her absurdist headpieces. Playing on the idioms of post-Internet culture, the young video artist’s Instagram acts as an alternative outlet for her impressive skills as an animator and filmmaker, and for her outlandish sense of humor. “Reality TV and Instagram have their own languages,” says the Cooper Union graduate. “I like toying with the familiar and then making it into something else.”
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen is taking heat for reportedly disguising herself in a burqa so she could sneak in and out of a French plastic surgery clinic undetected.
Mrs. Bundchen, wife of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and her younger sister wore the traditional Muslim clothing in Paris during the holy month of Ramadan, irking devout Muslims and people who support the country’s burqa ban, the New York Post repo
An 18 year old woman applying for a job with the staffing agency All-In was told that she could not work there if she wore a headscarf. The woman did not wear a headscarf to the interview, but had done so during a previous internship. The company asked her about the headscarf, stating “we are a Dutch company and are allowed to make demands.”
Judith van Aalst, a spokesperson for All-In, is quoted by /Spits/ as saying All-In was warning the woman about possible client reactions: “Some 95% of our clients are Polish and she might have been bullied. That is why I raised the headscarf issue.” The woman is now making a formal complaint to the police.