Undercovered: In Historic First, Hijab-Wearing Woman Graces Pages of Playboy


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For the first time in the magazine’s over sixty-year history, Playboy will feature a woman wearing a hijab.

It’s not like you think. Noor Tagouri, a 22-year-old West Virginia-born Libyan-American, is profiled as part of the magazine’s “Renegades of 2016” series. (And besides, the magazine did away with nudity in March.)

Anna del Gaizo writes:

As of June, she’s an on-air reporter for Newsy, where she provokes the sort of confusion we could use right now, in part by making a surprisingly 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.

“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,'” Tagouri said.

You can read the complete interview with Tagouri at Playboy here

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