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You won’t find the former Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model wearing anything taboo while on holiday in Marrakech. (Hint: she’s a lot more covered up than in her infamous covers.)
Is there anything Chrissy Teigen can’t do? The author, Twitter-star, mother, wife, and supermodel is on holiday in Marrakech with husband, John Legend and daughter, Luna, and through her latest Instagram posts, she’s showing the world how to dress while visiting the Islamic city of Marrakech.
By all accounts, the city of Marrakech is a cosmopolitan haven, with a bevy of Moroccan fashion designers making an impact on the global scene. Later in 2017, when the Fondation Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Laurent and Fondation Jardin Majorelle opens the Musee Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech, no doubt tourism will soar, especially amongst the fashion forward set. Saint Laurent bought the garden property in 1980, demonstrating the lasting impact the city has had on him and vice versa. However, do bear in mind that Marrakech is still an Islamic city, and as such, certain rules for dressing apply, especially if you’re a woman.
In the city or the souks, it’s respectful for female travelers to cover shoulders and legs. According to Morocco World News, it’s not necessary for non-Muslim women visiting Marrakech to wear a headscarf or to wear a hijab. “Moroccan women choose for themselves whether or not they wish to cover, and this decision is largely based on religious motivations,” notes Morocco World News in the aforementioned article. However, if you’re going to cover up, why not follow Teigen’s lead? Her Instagram posts display a playful modesty and show cultural sensitivity, not to mention style.
Paying homage to a country’s values isn’t simply a sartorial matter. Your experience is largely determined by how indigenous people treat you, so it’s prudent to make a wise first impression.