Journalist Noor Tagouri to become first Muslim to appear in Playboy with a hijab

Noor Tagouri

Playboy magazine will feature its first Muslim model wearing a hijab.

American journalist Noor Tagouri will appear in the October Renegades issue to "challenge preconceived ideas of how people should be and how they should live their lives".

Wearing a leather jacket, jeans and trainers in the issue, she talks about modesty.

She also pushes back at the idea that Muslim women are "submissive" or "oppressed" because they wear a hijab.

The 22-year-old Arab-American says her goal is to become the first hijabi news presenter on commercial TV in America.

Me wearing a scarf on my head won't make me report a story any differently
Noor Tagouri
Reporter

Noor works for Newsy, an American video news network, at the moment.

She also vlogs on YouTube and promotes individuality through Ted talks, spoken word and campaigns.

She believes that being a hijab-wearing reporter gives her an edge.

"Being a hijabi Muslim woman helps me gain trust. I say, 'I know what it's like to be misrepresented in the media. I won't do that to you.'

"I know what it's like to have the narrative of our community be skewed and exploited.

"I know first-hand that once people are re-empowered, they realise their own story is powerful and they begin to share. It's incredibly rewarding and can even help enlighten or save others."

Speaking to the Washington post last year, Noor said she was against the idea that people may think her religion will affect her objectivity.

"Me wearing a scarf on my head won't make me report a story any differently.

"It empowers me... It helps me do what I want to do."

While many people are championing Noor's decision to feature in the article, not everyone agrees with her decision and lifestyle.

When asked what she would like to tell Playboy readers, Noor said: "Live your life as your truest self and encourage others to do the same.

"Support each other. We have to live for the 10,000 who have come before us, who have made it easier for us to get to where we are today, but also for the 10,000 coming after us, so we can continue to break barriers and glass ceilings and reclaim our power."

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