Tahira Yaqoob and Colin Randall
August 15. 2009
They live more than 4,800 kilometres apart, have different faiths and have never met – but one thing has united the two women in a political cause célèbre.
Carole is the 35-year-old woman thrown out of a swimming pool in France for wearing a burqini and whose treatment has sparked such controversy that she has become an unwitting ambassador for Muslim women across the globe.
Yesterday she was joined in the spotlight by Jenny Nicholson, the Dubai fashion designer who created her swimming costume and has joined the outcry against the ban.
Mrs Nicholson said she was reluctant to make the garment a political issue but was unable to hold back her incredulity at objections to it as being “unhygienic” by the French authorities who forbade its use at a public swimming pool.
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