Up-and-coming journo Noor Tagouri finds her light and lets it shine.
Pathbreaker: “A girl with a hijab who’s telling stories on commercial American TV still hasn’t happened yet,” says Noor Tagouri, who recently released the documentary The Trouble They’ve Seen: The Forest Haven Story.
When Noor Tagouri, 22, was an intern at ABC7, Jummy Olabanji snapped a photo of her sitting at the news anchor desk wearing a hjiab. The image ricocheted around the Internet—bearing the caption, “This is what my dream looks like”—helping Tagouri amass 100,000 Instagram followers and meet Lisa Ling and Anderson Cooper. The young journalist and motivational speaker says that her mission is to tell the world’s stories—but for now, the world wants to hear more of hers.
After that photo went viral, you used the meaning of your name—“light”—to start the #LetNoorShine hashtag. Noor Tagouri: My family and I said, ‘Let’s turn this into an effort, to inspire other people to let their own light shine.’
Have you encountered pushback? NT: We live in a society of keyboard warriors [who] think they have the right to say anything they want because it’s on the internet, but I promise you these people wouldn’t say s--- to your face.”
You decided to start wearing the hijab in college. NT: I started unapologetically being myself. As soon as I started doing that, so many good things started coming my way. It’s so important for our generation to not feel like they have to become a carbon copy of everyone else on Instagram.