Dubai: Popular French Magazine Vogue France on Friday provoked an international uproar over inclusivity and Islamophobia after sharing a photo of actress Julia Fox wearing a black scarf tied around her head and captioned: "Yes to the headscarf."
Critics accused the magazine of "pure hypocrisy", given the extensive campaign by many French politicians against the wearing of the hijab.
They argued that it exemplified the double standards faced by Muslim women who face "daily aggression and repetitive pressure" for wearing the same headscarf that the French magazine "applauded on a non-Muslim white woman".
Ironically, the post comes just days after the French senate voted to prohibit hijabs from being worn during sporting events, following an amendment proposed by the right-wing political party Les Republicains claiming "headscarves undermine French values and jeopardise athlete safety".
Many social media users took to Instagram and Twitter to call out the French fashion publication over the post's purported "hypocritical" caption as Muslim women in France are banned from wearing the headscarf at work, school and beyond.
"The headscarf is fine as long as a Muslim isn't wearing it right @VogueFrance?" wrote one user on Twitter.
Another said: "Yes to headscarves — unless you're Muslim."