Nearby, a Russian-speaking model dressed in a sky-blue version of the same outfit whispered to a friend, “I look like a clown.”
Turkey’s going to hell in an Islamic handbasket. The Russian model got it right, looking like a clown is Islam’s response to the Western bikini.
Hair driers blast air and racks of clothing clatter past as organizers make their final preparations for a fashion show.Some of the backstage bustle is downright comical. Short Turkish women, carefully wrapped up in trench-coats and brightly-colored Muslim headscarves, struggle to help towering, leggy models from Slavic and Latin countries change in and out of outfits.This is not your typical fashion show. The show is highlighting Islamic women’s clothing — even though very few of the models working here are Muslim.“Listen, I’m coming from Venezuela [where] we are always walking in shorts, t-shirts, flip-flops. Not afraid to show it. But here it’s totally different,” said Cristina Buderacky, a model who stood more then six feet tall in a peach-colored lycra outfit that resembled a pair of long-sleeved pyjamas with blousy trousers.She later made a half-serious plea for help as a Turkish woman slipped a two-piece “bonnet” over her head. The headpiece tightly covered Buderacky’s hair, leaving only her neck and face exposed.Nearby, a Russian-speaking model dressed in a sky-blue version of the same outfit whispered to a friend, “I look like a clown.”