Are You Ready for the Burkini?

MC Style Director Cleo Glyde takes a wild hybrid for a spin on the beach in Venice and Santa Monica.

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July 26, 2007 10:00 AM
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BOOGIE-BOARD GUY: "What planet did you say you came from?"

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KEVIN THE LIFEGUARD: "The first thing I thought was, Here's an Islamic woman who needs some questions answered."

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Created by Muslim designer Aheda Zanetti in Sydney, Australia, the burkini was originally designed as a way for women bound by the Islamic code of female modesty to enjoy the beach. Soon after, everyone went "bezonkers," Zanetti says, including fair-skinned non-Muslims looking to avoid sun damage. But how will the burkini play in L.A.? We got our hands on one of the first to hit U.S. shores.

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At home in the burkini at the entrance to the Freakshow.

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STREET FREAKAZOID: "Is that outfit for luge? I don't like that you can't see nothing. They should make them transparent."

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VOLLEYBALL GALS: "You look like a Teletubby."

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CHRYSTAL FROM SAN GABRIEL, CA: "I love how freaky this is! Can we please take a photo?"

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Alien nation: Wear a burkini and worlds collide.

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SUKI, A MUSLIM STUDENT FROM KUWAIT: "I have nothing against it for other women, but I wouldn't wear it; I'm not a swimmer."

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BRITNEY AT THE SANTA MONICA HOT-DOG STAND: "This actually looks cool. What kind of Muslim are you?"