For the first time ever, Playboy has featured a Muslim American in the pages of its magazine.
Noor Tagouri, a 22-year-old journalist for Newsy, graces the Playboy‘s latest issue in a special feature dedicated to the Renegades of 2016 — people who have “risked it all, even their lives, to do what they love, showing us what can be accomplished if we break the rules.”
It’s a story that comes almost a year after the popular men’s magazine announced it would no longer feature nude photos.
While Tagouri has experienced backlash — both in her career and for her Playboy piece — she says she pays it no attention. “It’s just negative energy and unhealthy,” she said of the “hate and criticism.”
As for the future, Tagouri’s will know she made it when “all girls realize they can do anything they want without having to sacrifice who they are as a person.”
“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 story teller, motivational speaker, entrepreneur and unapologetically myself has opened so many doors for thousands of people,”
Her appearance in the controversial magazine has divided opinion. Many have supported and praised the journalist for breaking the mould and shaping her own narrative through her appearance and empowering words in the magazine.