It may be hard to believe, but filming has just begun on Afghanistan’s version of “America’s Next Top Model,” with four girls strutting (timidly) down the runway in a bid to be crowned the first Afghan supermodel. The models first wore the country’s traditional brightly-colored baggy pants and loose shawls, then changed into jeans, sandals, and lightweight tops. While hardly provocative by Western standards, to most Afghanis, who follow strict Sharia law, the outfits – and indeed the whole operation – is tantamount to heresy.

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