SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — For the first time ever, Playboy has featured a woman wearing a hijab.
The magazine’s October issue includes an interview with 22-year-old journalist Noor Tagouri, who’s a reporter for online news outlet, Newsy. The accompanying photo shows a fully-clothed Tagouri wearing the traditional Muslim head scarf in front of a red, white and blue backdrop. Playboy stopped publishing nude photos earlier this year.
The cover has garnered praise and criticism. According to Slate, one Muslim publication questioned her faith. On Twitter, the hashtag #hoejabi was invoked to describe her decision to pose, despite the fact that Tagouri is fully clothed.
The ensuing conversation on Tagouri’s own Instagram feed had many followers pitted against each other. Some came to her defense while others remained critical, even harsh.
Tagouri says the hijab has helped her create trust with her interview subjects as a reporter. She says as a Muslim woman, she knows “what it’s like to be misrepresented in the media.”
Tagouri aspires to become the first anchor wearing a hijab on a commercial TV station in the U.S.
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