Like this swimsuit or loath it, it doesn’t really matter because you won’t be seeing it on any beaches anytime soon.
Fashion designer Lisa Burke created this one piece swimsuit with the image of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi printed on it.
Outraged Hindu’s, as can be expected of religious extremists didn’t take a measured response to expressing their dislike or hurt at seeing their deity on a swimsuit but instead took to the streets and to burning Australian flags in faux outrage.
Burke yielded to the protestors’ demands, promising the designs would never be produced or sold:
The image of Goddess Lakshmi will not appear on any piece of Lisa Blue swimwear for the new season, with a halt put on all production of the new range and pieces shown on the runway from last week removed/ The use of images of Goddess Lakshmi was not in any way a measure of calculated risk taking, simply it was a desire to celebrate different cultures and share that through our brand.
This range will never be available for sale in any stockists or retail outlets anywhere in the world. We apologise to the Hindu community and take this matter very seriously.
Once again, free speech loses out to the violent rage of a handful of religious extremists.