Play­boy fea­tures Mus­lim pi­o­neer

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

PLAY­BOY mag­a­zine, once fa­mous for bun­nies and soft porn, for the first time is fea­tur­ing a Mus­lim woman wear­ing a hi­jab, in a spread that is draw­ing both praise and crit­i­cism.

Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist Noor Tagouri ap­pears in the mag­a­zine’s Oc­to­ber Rene­gades edi­tion, a se­ries that fo­cuses on men and women “who risked it all – even their lives – to do what they love”. The 22-year-old jour­nal­ist who works as a re­porter for Newsy, a video news net­work, is fea­tured wear­ing a black leather jacket, jeans, sneak­ers and a hi­jab, or head­scarf, in the pub­li­ca­tion that de­scribes her as “a badass ac­tivist”. Tagouri, who is of Libyan de­scent and whose goal is to be­come the first “hi­jabi” an­chor on com­mer­cial US tele­vi­sion, says that her strug­gles as a Mus­lim woman grow­ing up in the United States have helped her move ahead in her ca­reer.

“I know what it’s like to have the nar­ra­tive of our com­mu­nity be skewed and ex­ploited in the me­dia,” she told Play­boy, which did away with nu­dity ear­lier this year as it sought to ap­peal to a wider au­di­ence.

“I was like, ‘Hey, I know what it’s like to be mis­rep­re­sented in the me­dia. I won’t do that to you. I want to tell your story be­cause it’s im­por­tant and de­serves jus­tice.’”

Tagouri, who has a so­cial me­dia fol­low­ing of more than 100,000, first gained at­ten­tion af­ter launch­ing the vi­ral #LetNoorShine cam­paign in 2012.

Her ap­pear­ance in the re­vamped Play­boy is be­ing hailed by many as a break­through, but oth­ers have hit out at the young woman.

“Play­boy is syn­ony­mous with pornog­ra­phy,” read an ar­ti­cle in The Mus­lim Vibe, an on­line mag­a­zine.

“It has been at the fore­front of the ob­jec­ti­fi­ca­tion, sex­u­al­i­sa­tion and com­mod­i­fi­ca­tion of women for decades and just be­cause they’ve soft­ened their im­age, it doesn’t mean we can be­gin to en­gage with the plat­form and jump on board.” Blog­ger Nishaat Is­mail also ques­tioned in an opin­ion col­umn the wis­dom of Tagouri as­so­ci­at­ing with an in­sti­tu­tion “based on the ob­jec­ti­fi­ca­tion of women”.

“Are the voices of women – and in par­tic­u­lar Mus­lim women – buried so deep un­der the cries of those who claim to speak on our be­half that our only avail­able re­sponse is [to] in­volve our­selves with Play­boy, a mag­a­zine that has solely ex­isted for the past 63 years for men to gawp at the bod­ies of half-naked women?” wrote Nishaat.

“Is this re­ally how we re­claim our own nar­ra­tive?” –

Photo: Face­book/Sak­shi Post

Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist Noor Tagouri fea­tures in the mag­a­zine’s Oc­to­ber edi­tion, which fo­cuses on those who “risked it all” to fol­low their dream.

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