We know – Playboy isn’t exactly known for shattering stereotypes when it comes to women.
But a recent move from the magazine is getting a lot of attention, and not for the reasons you might expect.
Noor Tagouri is a Muslim-American journalist. She’s also the first hijab-wearing woman to appear in Playboy.
She is being featured as one of their ‘Renegades of 2016’, a group of men and women from a variety of different fields ranging from business, to music, even gaming and porn.
“They’ve risked it all – even their lives – to do what they love, showing us what can be accomplished if we break the rules,” reads the introduction prefacing Tagouri’s piece.
At only 22, Tagouri already has a TEDx talk under her belt and a YouTube channel that garners tens of thousands of views. Her goal is to become the first hijabi anchor on commercial U.S. television, and as an on-air reporter at Newsy, she is clearly well on her way.
“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,” Tagouri tells Playboy.
While many people online have supported Tagouri’s history-making feature in the magazine, she’s also received some flack for associating with a publication that has typically had more T&A than journalistic value.
But considering Tagouri was featured for her willingness to “break the rules,” we have a feeling she knew exactly what she was doing and isn’t scared of a little controversy.