Nike launch hijab collection for Muslim athletes

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For Muslim women, keeping fit while sticking to their principles of modesty has always been a tricky task due to the lack of suitable sportswear. But that's all about to change thanks to Nike.

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Last year, H&M introduced their first muslim model and just a few weeks ago, we witnessed the first hijab-wearing muslim girl get signed to the biggest modelling agency in the world. Now, global sportswear company, Nike, is launching its first hijab collection to help female Muslim athletes become suitably represented in the world of professional sports.

The new Nike Pro Hijab has been in development for a year and is made out of light, stretchy fabric in order to tackle the performance problems faced when wearing a traditional hijab during sports such as lack of breathability and the chance of it shifting during movement.

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"The Nike Pro Hijab has been a year in the making, but its impetus can be traced much further back to Nike’s founding mission, to serve athletes, with the signature addendum: If you have a body, you’re an athlete,” the brand said in a statement.

The pull-on hijab has been designed with Middle Eastern temperatures in mind and created from Nike’s most breathable fabric – a lightweight polyester that features tiny holes for optimal breathability. It has also been tested by by professional athletes including figure skater Zahra Lari.

Lari, who is set to compete in next year's Winter Olympics in South Korea, expressed her excitement for the new hijab on her Instagram, saying: "Can't believe this is finally here!! I'm super super excited to announce the Nike Pro hijab !! So proud to be part of this incredible journey

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