WTF are they doing in a fashion mall known for Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor and similar stores? What is under the veil?
You'd be amazed. Well, I was. I had this cultural bias that the burqa was along the same lines of 'being plain' that make fundy Christian women never cut their hair and wear ankle-length dresses and not wear makeup. Boy was I wrong.
I work at a med school. 2 yrs ago, one of our graduates was a Muslim woman. She wore pants and modest dresses, and a hair covering. She and I became friends. She invited me to her graduation party, which was for women only. There were a variety of types of 'modest' coverings, from 'hair only' to burqas with faces uncovered to burqas with faces covered. Then the men left and the party started. They took off those coverings and I swear it looked like "red carpet at the Oscars" - beaded, sequined, strapless gowns, high heels, nails, makeup, upswept hairdos, jewelry! WOW! (let's just say I felt frumpy)
Here are some things I learned that night:
They dress for each other, not strangers, not men-who-are-not-in-their-families.
They like the burqas because it keeps them from getting unwanted attention from strange men (to this I say, rather than covering up the women, let the da*n men learn self control!). They like the burqas because then people judge them by their personalities and their actions rather than their looks (can't argue with that, will just say it should be that way without the bedsheet).
We ate (yummy home-cooked MiddleEastern food!!), we danced (they taught the Americans to shimmy, we taught them the electric slide), we had a great time! Things like that should happen more often.
On the subject at hand, let me say that the driver's license is supposed to identify the person, not the veil. If she wants to drive, she should get the picture taken.