Just think, all those Muslim supremacist women you’ve seen waddling around in black burqas and face-covering headbags at Disney World in the scorching heat of summer, will now have a place to shop for a more colorful line of sharia-compliant Hefty Bag fashion.
Inside the ‘Verona’ store
Orlando Sentinel Colorful Muslim headbags called hijabs and other Islamic fashion are in stock at a newly opened store in central Florida. Verona, founded by two Muslim women, is the first oppressed women-wear store to open in a mainstream mall in the state.
It started out with a dress and a couple of scarves and grew into an online store gaining clients from Florida all the way to Dubai—many Muslim and others, just looking for conservative wear.
The founders of the company say they chose to open up a store in Orlando because it’s a tourist hub. And just blocks from the Fashion Square Mall is one of central Florida’s largest mosques.
Co-founder and ‘Muslim convert’ Lisa Vogle says Verona is going to change perceptions. “It is a hijabi Muslim-run, women-run business. This is front in-your-face that we are exactly not who you think we are”, Vogle said. “We are strong, independent, business educated women.” (If that were true, you wouldn’t be trying to cover yourself up so as not to entice Muslim men who want to rape you)
Local Muslims and an industry analysts say the store will break ground nationally as one of the first Islamic fashion boutiques to arrive in a mainstream U.S. mall. “It’s something that Muslim women need,” Vogl said. “We’re constantly trying to cover according to our religion, but yet we want to be fashionable.” (‘Islamic fashion’ is an oxymoron)
The emergence of her Verona line coincides with a surge in mass Muslim migration and the quran-inspired desire to Islamize the West. Orlando’s burgeoning Muslim population, which stood at about 28,000 in 2010, said Fatima Sadaf Saied, president of the Muslim Women’s Organization.
Saied said when she was growing up in Miami, many Islamic women would trek once or twice a year to massive conventions in Chicago or Washington, D.C., to find clothes. Now, they more often shop over the Internet, but that means forgoing the ability to touch fabrics or test an outfit in the fitting room mirror. (Who needs to try on one of these shapeless Muslim get-ups when you can just slip a large Hefty Bag over your head and get the same effect?)
Will you be saying that when they tear down your church to build a mosque?
Vogl and Abu-Jubara hope their new store will project a positive image at a time when Islamic fashion and public perception seem especially intertwined. Women who wear a headscarf are particularly vulnerable to ‘Islamophobia’ because their Muslim faith is on display, Vogl said. (No, it’s because people are a afraid that you’re carrying a bomb under it)
Only a few weeks ago, Vogl said she was at a stoplight, her two children in the car, when a man began yelling expletives at her.