There have been tremendous strides this year to give those who choose to wear a hijab more representation: Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first hijab-wearing woman to compete for Team USA, and this September, Rahaf Khatib made headlines as the first hijab-wearing woman to be on the cover of Women's Running Magazine.
Now, Playboy is stepping up to push the boundaries, too — for the first time in the publication's history, a woman wearing a hijab was featured: Noor Tagouri.
Tagouri is among the incredible men and women featured in in Playboy's Renegades issue, which, according to its description, highlights those who have taken great risks to follow their dreams, "showing us what can be accomplished if we break the rules." Others include comedian Ali Wong, novelist Paul Beatty, and sex activist Stoya.
Twenty-two-year-old Tagouri is a journalist "on the verge of becoming the country's first hijab-wearing news anchor," 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."
Along her journey to become the first hijab-wearing news anchor, Tagouri has graduated from college, started a viral social-media campaign, spoken at a TEDx talk, and gained traction on her YouTube channel. She's also collaborated on a fashion line that benefits an anti-human-trafficking charity.
"I will have succeeded in effecting change when all girls realize they can do anything they want without having to sacrifice who they are as a person," she says in her interview for Playboy. "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 storyteller, motivational speaker, entrepreneur and unapologetically myself has opened so many doors for thousands of people."