Playboy features woman in hijab for first time, changing up its nearly nude pages

Playboy magazine decided to abandon nude photos earlier this year, though many questioned how much had really changed when the subsequent issues still featured barely-covered women. However, Playboy featured the first woman in a hijab in its October “Renegade” issue, giving her the opportunity to make a case for modesty. Noor Tagouri is a Libyan-American Muslim journalist, and she didn’t take off so much as a sock for her Playboy shoot.

The “Renegade” issue features men and women who “will change how you think about business, music, porn, comedy, gaming and more.” A disclaimer before each article on the magazine’s website says, “They’ve risked it all—even their lives—to do what they love, showing us what can be accomplished if we break the rules.”

Disproving stereotypes about Muslim women, Anna del Gaizo’s article about Tagouri begins, “For anyone with preconceived ideas about women who choose to wear a headscarf every day, Noor Tagouri is disorienting. She’s simply not what you expect: a 22-year-old journalist (she likes to call herself a storyteller) on the verge of becoming this country’s first hijab-wearing news anchor.”

This is certainly a new turn for Playboy, one the world (and, more specifically, Playboy’s readers) needed to see.

From West Virginia, but now living in Washington D.C., according to her Twitter page, Tagouri is passionate about telling people’s stories. “I know first-hand that once people are re-empowered, they realize their own story is powerful and they begin to share,” she says in the Playboy interview. “It’s incredibly rewarding and can even help enlighten or save others.”

One of Tagouri’s guiding principles is to always be yourself, which she tries to pass on to others. “I may dress a little different — I’m a reporter who happens to wear a head scarf and I live in my hoodie — but being a story teller, motivational speaker, entrepreneur and unapologetically myself has opened so many doors for thousands of people.”

https://twitter.com/NTagouri/status/781475083466502146

Tagouri is giving a voice and representation to Muslim women everywhere who wear headscarfs and are frustrated by the way much of the world sees them, as well as changing up the type of women seen in Playboy’s pages.