A Iranian woman who was given 40 lashes for wearing a miniskirt has said she is now facing criticism over her swimwear business. Tala Raassi says she was subjected to the torture and five days in jail in her native Iran after government-backed militants raided a mixed house party she was attending. Despite starting afresh in the USAnearly 20 years on, she claims the abuse surrounding her faith lives on.
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Think again. Archaeologists have uncovered figurines in Europe dating from between B. Ancient Egyptian frescos depict female acrobats wearing miniskirts.
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