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Sydney, Australia, February 4, 2007—A year after vicious race riots took place there, Sydney's Cronulla Beach became a runway of reconciliation with the unveiling of the "burqini." The two-piece, body- and head-concealing swimsuit is seen here on 20-year-old lifeguard Mecca Laa Laa.

Reportedly endorsed by the Australian Islamic Council and Australian muftis, the swimsuit allows female Muslim lifeguards to serve on the sand while conforming to strict religious requirements.

Cronulla Beach, a southern suburb of Sydney, was the scene of racial violence in December 2005 when riots broke out in response to an altercation between white surfers and Lebanese youths. Mecca Laa Laa is part of a training program called On the Same Wave, created to promote harmony on Australia's beaches following the clashes.

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