Playboy has stepped into the debate over Islamic dress and women's rights by featuring a hijab-clad woman in its pages for the first time. Muslim-American journalist Noor Tagouri appears in the October issue wearing a sexy snarl, black leather jacket and jeans, and a beige head scarf. (Playboy this year did away with fully nude photos, notes CNN.) The magazine says the 22-year-old Newsy reporter, included in the "Renegades" issue, makes "a forceful case for modesty." Like the greater debate over the hijab, opinions were mixed over its debut in a men's magazine. Tagouri won praise from some quarters for breaking barriers. Noting that "veiled women bear the brunt of the animosity the entire Muslim community faces in America," Aymann Ismail writes in Slate that Tagouri "speaks out and treads new ground as an individual … [and] deserves the full support of the entire Muslim community."
"Congrats@NTagouri," one female supporter tweeted. Others were not impressed. "Hijabi posing for playboy… what has the world come to," another Twitter user wrote. Despite good intentions, Playboy has "fallen into the slut-shaming game of Islamists around the world," writes Maajid Nawaz at the Daily Beast. Tagouri has a choice to wear the hijab, but women in many Muslim countries do not. "I will fight fiercely to protect anyone’s right to wear this medieval flag of female 'chastity,' but that doesn’t mean I think the wearer is right to do so. Let us not ban the hijab, but let us not glamorize it either." Tagouri, an aspiring on-air reporter, said she's ignoring the backlash. "It's just negative energy and unhealthy," she told the magazine. (This teen created a hijab emoji.)