A journalist is working to destroy stereotypes by becoming the first Muslim to appear in Playboy wearing a hijab in the 63-year history of the magazine.
Noor Tagouri will feature in the October Renegades issue part of a series which promises to “change how you think about business, music, porn, comedy, gaming and more.
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.
“They’ve risked it all – even their lives – to do what they love, showing us what can be accomplished if we break the rules,” the magazine adds.
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 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.
— Noor Tagouri (@NTagouri) September 22, 2016
Some people aren’t as supportive of the move. 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.