The City of Light lit up with rage on Wednesday over supermodel Gisele Bundchen’s use of a burqa as a disguise so she could slip in and out of a Parisian plastic surgery clinic. She gave herself away, however, with her footwear, open toed-sandals which in fundamentalist Islam is a ‘NO NO,’ identified as something only a prostitute would wear!
NY Post The Post revealed how Bundchen and her kid sister wore the traditional Muslim clothing — during the holy month of Ramadan — so the supermodel could have work done on her boobs and her eyes.
“Ooh la la!” wrote a commentator on the French-language gossip site Public, responding to the stunning news on the Brazilian stunner — wife of Patriots quarterback Tom “Deflategate” Brady. “C’est ridicule!!!!” agreed another poster. “To be photographed in a burqa is ridiculous!!!!”
“Especially since it is forbidden in France to wear it!!!!” the poster added, referring to the 2010 “burqa ban,” which bars women from fully covering their faces.
“She would do better to fess up to the plastic surgery because that’s not shameful. I never found her to be beautiful and I definitely don’t like her now,” the anonymous poster sniped.
The plastic surgery clinic declined for a second day Wednesday to comment. “Pas de tout” (“Not at all”), said a woman answering the phone. Neither Bundchen’s sister Patricia, who handles much of her p.r. and was also wearing a burqa, nor Gisele’s Brazilian press handlers would comment.
But the French were incensed by the story, many pointing out the hypocrisy of Bundchen wearing a burqa during the Muslim holy month and sneaking into surgery despite past vows to never go under the knife. “In the street it is illegal to wear the burqa! It therefore violated French law,” wrote another poster. “A cap and a scarf would have been less conspicuous.”
Many strict Muslims see the burqa as an important guarantor of modesty — and its abuse during Ramadan as highly offensive. “She’s not doing it for Islam. This is very bad,” complained Imam Muhammad Abdullah Kamal Al-Azhari of the Astoria Islamic Center in Queens.
“She’s wearing a holy thing for a bad purpose.” A clerk at Islam Fashion in Astoria called the stunt “disrespectful to Islam.” “This is a religious garment. It’s not so you can hide when you’re going for a doctor’s appointment,” said the clerk, Shazia Raheel, 40.
Still, burqas have been put to far worse use, as cover for terrorists, bank holdups, and sexual assaults.