A young female journalist has just become the first Muslim to appear in Playboy wearing a hijab.
Noor Tagouri will feature in the October Renegades issue of the magazine – part of a series which is aiming to change people’s views on ‘business, music, porn, comedy, gaming and more’, reports the Huffington Post.
Noor is a first generation Libyan American, born in West Virginia, and is on a mission to open up new paths for head-scarf wearing women in the media.
As an activist with a passion for ‘demanding change and asking the right questions,’ the Newsy anchor told Playboy her goal is to become the first hijabi news presenter on commercial TV in the U.S.
— Noor Tagouri (@NTagouri) September 22, 2016
Noor says that being a hijabi Muslim woman has actually helped her gain trust in her job:
I know what it’s like to have the narrative of our community be skewed and exploited in the media.
I won’t do that to you. I want to tell your story because it’s important and deserves justice.
Although Noor has received a lot of support following her interview – she has been praised for going where no hijabi has gone before – there has also been the inevitable backlash.
Many people took to Twitter to air their grievances:
I'm not upset over Noor Tagouri's interview or the purpose of what she did. I'm upset with the platform she chose Playboy is known for-
— meena (@neemsayee) September 25, 2016
In an article for the The Muslim Vibe, Salim Kassam wrote:
Personally, I think her decision to feature in Playboy was ill-advised. Playboy is synonymous with pornography.
It has been at the forefront of the objectification, sexualisation and commodification of women for decades and just because they’ve softened their image, it doesn’t mean we can begin to engage with the platform and jump on board.
However, Noor says she is honoured to have featured in the magazine, even tweeting a message of support from her mother:
Little note from my mom tonight, wanted to share for anyone who stands for their message unapologetically. pic.twitter.com/K0kUTzKS5i
— Noor Tagouri (@NTagouri) September 25, 2016
Whether Playboy was the right choice of vehicle or not, hopefully people can agree that it’s Noor’s message that is the truly important part.