For the first time ever, Playboy has featured a woman wearing a hijab.
The magazine’s October issue includes an interview with 22-year-old journalist Noor Tagouri, who’s a reporter for online news outlet, Newsy.
The accompanying photo shows a fully-clothed Tagouri wearing the traditional Muslim head scarf in front of a red, white and blue backdrop.
Playboy stopped publishing nude photos earlier this year.
Tagouri says the hijab has helped her create trust with her interview subjects as a reporter. She says as a Muslim woman, she knows “what it’s like to be misrepresented in the media”.
She went on to observe: “I just do the best I can to not worry about people who get upset because they don’t like something that I wear or say.”
Tagouri, who is also an inspirational speaker, aspires to become the first television anchor wearing a hijab on a commercial TV station in the US.
The interview is part of the magazine’s 2016 Renegades series, which highlights individuals who don’t stick to the status quo of their respective fields.
Tagouri’s appearance in the magazine has created a storm on social media – with some Muslims speaking out against her decision to appear in the magazine and others who are applauding Tagouri for her courage and strength.