For Noor Tagouri, career success is about turning her hijab into a strength
- 21 June 2018
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If there’s one woman who knows about getting ahead in a headscarf, it’s Noor Tagouri. The first-generation Libyan-American broadcast journalist, activist and storyteller started wearing the hijab as a teenager, only to be told again and again that it would get in the way of her dreams.
She refused. There is perhaps no better illustration of her brand of perseverance than the fact that, in October 2016, she became the first woman to appear in Playboy wearing a hijab (fully clothed, of course).
Noor was always keen on a career in media, dreaming of becoming a news anchor, before an internship at CBS Radio opened the way to various jobs in radio and television. In an interview published in Forbes, Tagouri spoke about her early struggles at work and shared advice on how to succeed in a career while remaining true to oneself.
“You will always do better in your career when you’re inspired personally by what you’re working on,” she told Forbes. “I came into my success when I realized that my own authentic voice is more powerful than anything else.”
Noor has produced a short documentary titled The Trouble They've Seen: The Forest Haven Story, which talks about the mistreatment of people with mental disabilities, as well as a series on the sex trade in the US. Noor also enjoys a huge following on social media.
Noor’s best advice on wearing a hijab is to turn it to the wearer’s advantage. “Well, I wanted to stay true to myself. So I turned my weakness into a strength. Now I know that my identity gets me access to people and places other reporters don’t get to see. It enables a whole group of marginalized people to trust and open up to me.”
Have a look at the following TEDx video, in which Noor talks about her journey and how she used social media to achieve her dreams. She talks about breaking down barriers, diversity in the newsroom and about being authentic.