Nike debuts ‘Pro Hijab’

Nike debuts ‘Pro Hijab’
(Image: Screen grab of CNN video via CBS 3)

[Ed. – Any bets on how long before non-Muslim women are required to wear hijabs too, in sports in which there is a performance penalty inherent with wearing extra fabric around the head?]

Nike will soon begin selling a performance hijab for Muslim women athletes.

The head cover, called the “Nike Pro Hijab,” boasts a single-layer pull-on design made from lightweight polyester in dark, neutral colors. The fabric’s tiny holes will make it breathable while remaining opaque, a requirement for hijab-wearing women.

Nike said it began developing the hijab after some Muslim athletes complained about wearing a traditional head scarf during competition. …

The move comes just weeks after a controversial Nike ad released in the Middle East.

It featured five successful female professional from different parts of the Arab world pursing their athletic dreams while a voice asks, “what will they say about you?” It’s a rhetorical question that many young Arab women face if they step out of cultural and traditional norms.

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