If I were a parent I'd much rather have my child look up to Noor Tagouri, a beautiful American Muslim girl who appears in the October issue of Playboy, rather than a girl who half-heatedly wears the traditional Islamic head garment and gets up to God knows what behind closed doors. (I'm of course, NOT generalising all hijabs in the slightest - just the ones who I've personally encountered and have shocked me in certain situations)
I am a VERY liberal Muslim girl, born and raised in the UK, with a slight two-year detour in Dubai. Of course I champion my roots and have visited Pakistan regularly - but I'm also HIGHLY supportive of women who want to differ from the norm and formulate their own identity. As a woman living in the 21st century, why aren't we allowed to talk about feminism, sex, politics, gender equality etc..without having a target on our back? Everyone has something to offer the current, international conversation and it's a shame that some people keep these views to themselves because of how they'll be judged by people who matter to them.
Of course, as soon as Noor's Playboy shoot (in which she looks super cool in a leather jacket and converse shoes) spread on social media, guess what started trending? #Hoejabi
I'm sorry, what?! It's almost hilarious how certain people - in this case her fellow Muslim peers - are reacting with such rage. Using such derogatory language...wow, is that exempt from the teachings of Islam you practice? Are you allowed to spew such vile and offensive hatred and think you are so just and supported by your community to use them without a blink of a eye. These people are making themselves look bad. End of.
Needless to say, I will always stand for woman such as Noor and these are the reasons why:
1. She shows us that Muslim women are bold, independent and inspiring.
2. She's smashing stereotypes. No one is the same.
3. She makes us think of a woman's sexuality and the control they have over it.
4. As a woman she is allowed to make her own choices and carve out her own journey.
5. She gets to decide what she's comfortable with.
6. She gets to chose what message she wants to portray.
7. People who still think Playboy is a 'porn' magazine, need to educate themselves in print media and see their metamorphosis in to impressive journalism (For me personally, it was always a great magazine! Celebrate women, always!)
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF NOOR TAGOURI'S PLAYBOY PICTURES AND HER MESSAGE?