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Here's what happened when Vice writer Annette Lamothe-Ramos wore a a burqa for a day: She was followed by a security guard at the Empire State building; she dragged the religious garb through puddles; and she seriously struggled to eat an ice cream bar. All in all? She says, "I have a newfound respect for the women who chose to wear these kinds of garments, but I will never do anything like this again because it suckkkkked." [Vice]