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Nike Launches Its First-Ever Hijab Targeting Muslim Female Athletes

By Izza Sofia, 05 Dec 2017



Nike Pro has globally launched its first-ever sports hijab.

Zahra Lari, a figure dancer from the United Arab Emirates, says the new hijab is “a reminder to us Muslim women that we can achieve anything in the world. What Nike has done for Muslim athletes is a dream that we never thought would happen.”

Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad explained that this innovation is so important because she would often compete and practice in a children’s hijab with a georgette fabric covering. “When the material is wet [with sweat], it gets really heavy,” she said. “It would completely obstruct my hearing,” which is a disadvantage when trying to hear a referee or a coach’s instructions.

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But the new garment is about more than just improving athletic conditions for these women. According to Muhammad, “It will help advance the conversation around hijabs and Muslim women in sports and further make sports an inclusive space.”

Available on 7 December on nike.com and in select stores across more than 20 countries, the Nike Pro Hijab will come in XS/S and M/L sizes. Colors will include obsidian and black for US$35.





[via Glamour, opening image via Ibtihaj Muhammad]
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