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Saudi Arabia Holds 1st ‘Swimsuit Models’ Fashion Show

A historic move by Saudi Arabia! The country had its first-ever fashion show. The poolside event featured fashion models dressed in swimsuits. the momentous event was held amid ongoing Red...

A historic move by Saudi Arabia! The country had its first-ever fashion show. The poolside event featured fashion models dressed in swimsuits. the momentous event was held amid ongoing Red Sea Fashion Week and displayed designs of Moroccan designer Yasmin Qanzal. Most of the models walked down in one-piece numbers, including monokini and beachwears. A great initiative by the country, where less than a decade ago, women were only required to wear body-covering abaya robes.

Saudi Arabia Holds 1st ‘Swimsuit Models’ Fashion Show

Why In News

  • A historic move by Saudi Arabia! The country had its first-ever fashion show. The poolside event featured fashion models dressed in swimsuits. the momentous event was held amid ongoing Red Sea Fashion Week and displayed designs of Moroccan designer Yasmin Qanzal. Most of the models walked down in one-piece numbers, including monokini and beachwears. A great initiative by the country, where less than a decade ago, women were only required to wear body-covering abaya robes.
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  • The mastermind behind this whole show Yasmin Qanzal spoke to AFP and said, “It’s true that this country is very conservative but we tried to show elegant swimsuits which represent the Arab world. When we came here, we understood that a swimsuit fashion show in Saudi Arabia is a historic moment, because it is the first time to have such event.” The designer added that it was an immense honour for her to a part of suck phenomenal fashion show.

All You Need To Know

  • The show occurred on the second day of the inaugural Red Sea Fashion Week at the St. Regis Red Sea Resort, located off Saudi Arabia’s western coast.
  • The resort is part of Red Sea Global, one of the mega-projects central to Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 social and economic reform program, overseen by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
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  • Since becoming first in line to the throne in 2017, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has launched a series of social reforms aimed at softening Saudi Arabia’s austere image, historically influenced by a strict form of Islam known as Wahhabism.
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  • These reforms have included sidelining the stick-wielding religious police who once enforced prayer times in malls, reintroducing cinemas, and organizing mixed-gender music festivals. However, these changes have been accompanied by increased repression of dissent, including crackdowns on conservative clerics who might oppose such moves.
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  • AFP reported that Shouq Mohammed, a Syrian fashion influencer who attended Friday’s show, remarked that it was unsurprising given Saudi Arabia’s efforts to open up to the world and expand its fashion and tourism sectors.
  • In 2022, the fashion industry contributed $12.5 billion, or 1.4 percent of the national GDP, and employed 230,000 people, according to a report published by the official Saudi Fashion Commission last year.

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