Australian flags burn as result of Lakshmi swimsuit. According to Fashionising, Lisa Blue’s Lakshmi swimsuit has Hindu communities in uproar.
Lakshmi the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity both material and spiritual; was featured on the front and rear of a swimsuit from Lisa Blue’s spring collection at Australian Fashion Week.
Using spiritual symbols or people for monetary gain is wrong. Isn’t religion sacred anymore or is it just free for all? In a quick poll by Huffington Post: 58.99% said that the Lakshmi swimsuit is overblown and isn’t that big of a deal. 41.01% believe that it’s truly offensive. I’m bothered with shirts that say, “Jesus Is My Homie”. Although he very well may be does that need to be on a shirt?
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said “that it was disturbing to see goddess Lakshmi, who was highly revered in Hinduism, on a swimwear displayed by a model at a fashion show. Lakshmi was meant to be worshiped in temples or home shrines and not for pushing swimwear in fashion shows for mercantile greed of an apparel company,” according to the North India Times…” Symbols of any faith, larger or smaller, should not be mishandled.”, Zed stressed.
This is definitely an event to remember, you may not be religious or take religion seriously there are many who do. Although, you can’t please everybody it’s important to know when to admit you’re wrong. An apology was made from Lisa Blue headquarters in Byron Bay and on her Facebook page which read:
“We would like to offer an apology to anyone we may have offended and advise that 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”.
Lisa Blue has been born out of a love of conservation, spirituality and a respect for all people. At no time would we ever have intended that the brand would cause offence. 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.