Did Laura Start Some­thing on TALK?

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STAR Re­porter

On last Thurs­day’s TALK, Rick Wayne’s guest was out­spo­ken hu­man rights ad­vo­cate and front-line mem­ber of Women In Ac­tion, Laura Jn Pierre. The evening’s topic cen­tered on what Ms Jn Pierre re­ferred to as Saint Lu­cia’s “rape cul­ture.” But although callers gen­er­ally sup­ported her ap­peal for ap­pro­pri­ate ed­u­ca­tion as well as of­fi­cial recog­ni­tion of rape as one of the worst abuses of hu­man rights, at least two chose to ad­dress Ms Jn Pierre’s cloth­ing—as had the host.

In re­sponse to a caller, an un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally apolo­getic Rick Wayne said: “I was kid­ding Laura about her out­fit and may have left the wrong im­pres­sion. Rape is no jok­ing mat­ter and I apol­o­gize for my in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­mark.”

For her part, Wayne’s guest said: “I wanted to un­der­score, by the way I am dressed this evening, that no mat­ter how cov­ered up a woman might be, she can­not guar­an­tee a sick per­son won’t try to rape her.”

It wasn’t so much what Wayne’s guest had cho­sen to wear—black slacks with a cover-all long-sleeved black top—that ev­i­dently had dis­turbed some view­ers. What es­pe­cially cap­tured their at­ten­tion, judg­ing by later off-air com­ments, was the black scarf over her head and shoul­ders that had prompted Wayne’s com­ment im­me­di­ately af­ter he in­tro­duced Jn Pierre: “Have you joined ISIS?”

She had not, of course. It turns out, how­ever, that Ms Jn Pierre may in­ad­ver­tently have joined thou­sands of regular young women in the UK, with an in­sa­tiable ap­petite for Is­lamic fash­ion. Ac­cord­ing to the Daily Mail: “It is one of the fastest-grow­ing sec­tors in fash­ion and the likes of Her­mes and Es­tee Lauder have launched ex­clu­sive col­lec­tions based on it, from Ara­bic cloaks (abayas) to hi­jabs.”

More­over: “Now cloth­ing brand Aab is hop­ing to cash in on the trend for mod­est styles and Is­lamic fash­ion with its first bou­tique.” The Mail re­ported that over 2000 shop­pers flocked over the week­end to East Shop­ping Cen­ter, in Green Street, East Lon­don to shop and to see “hi­jabi blog­ger” Dina Torkia, 25, open the store.

The Mail also re­ports that the Lon­don-based Aab was founded in 2007 and cre­ates orig­i­nal de­signs by in-house de­sign­ers who take their in­spi­ra­tion from global trends.

“The brand is one of the world’s lead­ing on­line re­tail­ers in the mod­est cloth­ing sec­tor,” the Mail said.

Women In Ac­tion’s Laura Jn Pierre (right) caused quite a stir last Thurs­day when she ap­peared with Rick Wayne on TALK, as much for her com­ments on Saint Lu­cia’s

dis­turb­ing rape cul­ture as for her garb. Mean­while in Lon­don (left) so-called Is­lamic fash­ion is the lat­est thing among those who dress to im­press!

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