Muslim journalist Noor Tagouri makes Playboy history as the first woman to pose for the men’s magazine wearing a hijab. The bold move has sparked controversy among many. While some see the photos as a praiseworthy move of activism, others claim Tagouri is mocking modesty and offending women by appearing in the magazine with a hijab.
Playboy magazine will feature a woman wearing a hijab for the first time in the magazine’s 63-year history. Noor is appearing in the magazine’s “Renegades ” series.
“The men and women in this series will change how you think about business, music, porn, comedy, gaming and more.”
Noor Tagouri is a 22-year-old journalist who works as an on-air reporter for Newsy. The men’s magazine cites that the young journalist makes a surprising bold case for modesty.
“As a badass activist with a passion for demanding change and asking the right questions, accompanied by beauty-ad-campaign looks, Tagouri forces us to ask ourselves why we have such a hard time wrapping our minds around a young woman who consciously covers her head and won’t take no for an answer.”
Tagouri is a first-generation Libyan American. She has a devoted fanbase on YouTube and has more than 150,000 followers on Instagram.
Noor Tagouri has a clear goal in mind for her future: To become America’s first hijabi news anchor on television.
“I believe in rebellion as a form of honestly. To be our most authentic self is to rebellious.”
People have attacked Noor for her appearance in Playboy, claiming that the photos were mocking Muslims and were disrespectful to women. However, the journalist refuses to listen to her haters.
“It’s just negative energy and unhealthy.”
But the support she gained across Twitter and other outlets remained strong. In Slate, Aymann Ismail wrote that Tagouri’s appearance in Playboy should be applauded for the barriers it breaks for Muslim women.
“Far too often, Muslim women are being told how to dress and behave by groups who are neither women nor Muslim,” Ismail wrote. “Men in Saudi Arabia have constructed laws forcing women into a strict dress code that is simultaneously banned by men in France.”
Last year, Tagouri gave a TEDx talk where she spoke about her struggles growing up Muslim in a town where almost no one else was. She called it a “paralyzing identity crisis” that led her to embracing her religion more later in life.
“I am the voice that explains my religion,” she said, explaining that she makes sure the news outlet she works at reports on terrorism “in a way that does not generalize the Muslim population.”
You go girl!