Vice’s fashion editor Annette Lamothe-Ramos was charged with finding a burqa for a music video, and ended up infuriating thousands with her own social experiment.
After having difficulty finding a burqa for her global editor, the New-Yorker got curious about what it's like to wear one in America.
She got photog Ben Ritter to hit uptown Manhattan and document her “scaring tourists” and bothering locals by simply wearing a niqab, which she ignorantly calls a burqa.
Here are some HIGHlights (or lowlights) of the piece:
On people being scared of her:
"No one really paid much attention to me except the woman on the bench behind me who was sitting with her children. She dragged them to the other end of the platform when she saw me step onto the train. What a bitch! … I didn’t realize the significance of visiting one of the tallest buildings in New York dressed in Islamic garb until we reached the entrance. I felt like a jerk."
On the “pluses”:
"When we got out of the subway it started to rain really hard. Lucky for me, I didn’t need an umbrella."
"I had to keep taking breaks to rest. The rain had stopped and it was so humid I was starting to sweat in places I’d never sweat before… Six hours later, after a number of complications, I finally ripped the goddamn thing off."
Needless to say, there were many outraged readers who didn’t hold back with their comments, calling the article "offensive," "orientalist" and "disgusting."
To add insult to injury, the investigation was a personal flop because "the most important thing" that she learned was "how to smile with my eyes."
People do undercover things all the time; the problem was how irreverently she viewed the religious garb and wrote about it. But we do hope that her experience opens some peoples eyes to be less judgmental.
See more pictures Lamothe-Ramos posted (below).
[Image via Ben Ritter/Vice.]