The first woman to wear a hijab in Playboy is an activist and journalist

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For the first time ever, a Muslim woman wearing a hijab was pictured in the historically risqué pages of Playboy.

But it wasn't the kind of spread the publication is famous for. Along with her headscarf, Tagouri wore a leather jacket with jeans and sneakers. And the real focus was on her words.

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The magazine named her one of its 2016 Renegades, a series honoring men and women in industries from media and porn to comedy and video game development. It's part of Playboy's no-nude efforts since it stopped publishing naked photographs last October.

Playboy describes Tagouri as a woman on the road to becoming the first hijab-wearing news anchor in the U.S., calling her as "a badass activist with a passion for demanding change and asking the right questions, accompanied by beauty-ad-campaign looks."

An on-air reporter for Newsy, Tagouri spoke to Playboy about modesty, the emotional challenges of journalism, prejudice against Muslim-Americans in the current political climate, and breaking glass ceilings.

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Playboy Bunny during Playboy's 5th Annual Super Saturday Night Event Brings Heaven and Hell to Houston at Corinthian in Houston, Texas, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
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LAS VEGAS - AUGUST 04: Jenny McCarthy poses with Playboy Bunny dealers during her 'Big Deal' charity fundraiser to benefit 'Early Childhood Partial Hospitalization Program at UCLA' at the Playboy Club at the Palms Hotel and Casino Resort on August 4, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
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NEW YORK - JUNE 10: Playboy bunnies Pennelope Jimenez, Laurie Fetter and Deanna Brooks pose for a photo at the Playboy's 50th anniversary hosted by American Media, Inc's David Pecker in celebration of its iconic Playboy Bunny and world-famous Playboy Clubs at Juliet Supper Club on June 10, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Kohen/Getty Images for American Media, Inc.)
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Two playboy bunnies pose for photos at the Indian Playboy club in Mumbai on December 19, 2012. Playboy unveiled a new-look bunny costume for its upcoming Indian club launch, opting for a more demure take on the waitress outfits but keeping the ears, bow-ties and fluffy tails. In a bid to appease conservative Indian values, the traditional skimpy corset has been replaced with a sari-inspired two-piece costume, comprising a one-shoulder top, a bare midriff and a sheer, full-length skirt with a split. AFP PHOTO/ STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
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As a journalist, Tagouri said gaining the trust of interviewees is something she's equipped to do, given her own struggles.

"To be honest, I think being a hijabi Muslim woman, helped me gain that trust," she told Playboy. "I know what it's like to have the narrative of our community be skewed and exploited in the media. 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.'"

On social media, Tagouri has gained something of a cult following. Back in 2012, her campaign for advocating individuality called #LetNoorShine went viral. The hashtag has come back to life since her Playboy feature, along with other shows of support.

Her Youtube channel, packed with documentary news stories and footage from trips to countries such as Morocco and Turkey, draws tens of thousands of viewers. She has 29,000 followers on Twitter and 156,000 on Instagram, where she posts about her lectures at colleges around the country, alongside selfies and funny videos. A photo posted by Noor Tagouri (@ntagouri) on

Originally from West Virginia, Tagouri is the child of Libyan immigrants and graduated from college at the age of 20, Playboy reported.

Her feature in Playboy is a historic moment, but also one's that been met with some criticism.

But the support she gained across Twitter and other outlets remained strong. In Slate, Aymann Ismail wrote that Tagouri's appearance in Playboy should be applauded for the barriers it breaks for Muslim women.

"Far too often, Muslim women are being told how to dress and behave by groups who are neither women nor Muslim," Ismail wrote. "Men in Saudi Arabia have constructed laws forcing women into a strict dress code that is simultaneously banned by men in France."

Last year, Tagouri gave a TEDx talk where she spoke about her struggles growing up Muslim in a town where almost no one else was. She called it a "paralyzing identity crisis" that led her to embracing her religion more later in life.

"I am the voice that explains my religion," she said, explaining that she makes sure the news outlet she works at reports on terrorism "in a way that does not generalize the Muslim population."

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