Holy Runway … Heidi Klum in a Hijab

Someone sent a note to the Arab NY list, a local information email list I belong to, looking for "Muslim Fashion Designer" to participate in the next season of "Project Runway".


For those of you not familiar with the popular cable show on Bravo, Project Runway is a competition that pits fashion designer against each other with weekly eliminations leading to one winner at the end of each season. The show is hosted by Heidi Klum, the georgeous german super model.


While I am sure the intent of the producers to reach out and seek "Muslim Fashion" designer are innocent and sincere, I couldn't help but wonder what would this lead to.  Is the inclusion of a Muslim designer a smart PR move to increase audience? Or is this a well meaning (albeit racist) attempt by the producers to prove that Muslims are capable of producing beautiful things (not just blow up the planet).


And why just pick on Muslims? Why not have a Project Runway - Religion Edition?  Designers from various religions and sects can be represented.  Oh the fun we could have.  What Would Jesus Wear (WWJW)?  Hey, Orthodox Women, check out the new hot sheets with pre-cut holes ... Budhists can maybe mix some colors to orange... this could get very creative ...


Who knows? Maybe if we move the religious and secterian hatred from the streets to the runways, it might give the rest of us a chance to just watch it on TV and figure out who is the wackiest.


Pass the popcorn, kosher salt only.

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About Ramzi Zakharia

Ramzi Zakharia is a Palestinian-American blogger who was born in Beirut and is now based in New York City. He works in the media and advertising sector and has strong insights into both Arab and US media outlets. Ramzi is also very involved in the Arab-American Community and is one of the founders of the Gay and Lesbian Arab Society (GLAS). In addition to politics, his passions include media, new technologies, and the arts. Ramzi lives with his partner and dog in suburban New Jersey.

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