Hijab Gets More Acceptance from Business
The hijab is one of the most recognized symbols of Islamic culture.
The hijab is a head covering for women to wear in public.
Advertisers, technology companies and fashion designers are gaining interest in the hijab. It is becoming more popular among athletes as well.
Recently, Apple announced 12-new emoji characters it plans to make available later this year. One of the characters is of a young woman wearing a hijab.
Reuters reports that major fashion and sporting equipment companies are creating hijabs. Nike said it plans a spring 2018 release of a breathable hijab that women can use while exercising or playing sports.
And hijabs are becoming more common in Western advertising by companies such as H&M and Gap.
Muslims are a big market for business. In 2010, the Pew Research Center estimated a Muslim population of 1.6 billion people.
But the hijab's growing acceptance has limited meaning.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations is a civil rights group for Muslims.
It says Muslim-Americans still face discrimination.
Women wearing hijabs can be at particular risk for abuse and other mistreatment because the head covering identifies them as Muslim.
But the increasing acceptance of the hijab might help change behavior.
Amani al-Khatahbeh is the founder of the online publication MuslimGirl.com.
She told Reuters that popular brands of clothing are in a good position to produce social good. She said popular brands can help increase understanding of Islam and improve its public image.
But al-Khatahbeh said including Muslims in advertising and product development should not be all about profits.
She said businesses have a responsibility to support more acceptance of Muslims.
"It can easily become exploitative by profiting off the communities that are being targeted right now," she told Reuters.
Other signs of more acceptance include a Vogue Arabia magazine cover. In June, for the first time, the magazine's cover was a photograph of a model in a hijab.
Somali-American Halima Aden received international attention last year when she wore a hijab and burkini during an American beauty competition. A burkini is swim clothing that covers the entire body, except for the face and hands.
Aden posted a video on her Instagram account.
In the video, she said, "Every little girl deserves to see a role model that's dressed like her, resembles her, or even has the same characteristics as her."
1.Islamic culture 伊斯兰文化
It has come to be defined by its multi-ethnic culture, in particular its Islamic culture.
2.role model 角色；榜样
Five out of the ten top role models for British teenagers are black.
3.beauty competition 选美比赛
Jill entered a beauty competition and finished third.
4.profit off 从...中获益
Mr. Lequeux said he bought the Norwegian krone early this morning in London and pocketed a 1.5% profit off of the trade.
1.In June, for the first time, the magazine's cover was a photograph of a model in a hijab.
for the first time 第一次
Streams had run dry for the first time in memory.
For the first time in my career, I was failing.
2.It is becoming more popular among athletes as well.
as well 也；同样的
I'll come with you if you like. I might as well.
如果你想的话，我会和你在一起来 。我无所谓 。
There's nothing I can do about the problem, so I might as well go with the flow.
广告商、技术公司和时装设计师对这种头巾越来越感兴趣 。这种头巾在运动员中也很受欢迎 。
近期，苹果公司新制作了12款表情符号，将于今年后半年上线 。其中就包括戴着头巾的年轻女性 。
据路透社报道，经营时尚运动设备的公司也开始生产头巾 。耐克公司表示，计划于2018年发布一款在运动或锻炼时也可佩戴的透气型女士头巾 。
穆斯林人口众多，市场前景广阔 。2010年，据皮尤研究中心估算，穆斯林人口有16亿人 。
Amani al-Khatahbeh是MuslimGirl.com网站的创始人 。
她向路透社表示，流行服装品牌能够创造良好的社会效益 。她说这些服装品牌能够帮助人们更好地理解伊斯兰并提升其公众形象 。
阿拉伯地区的Vogue杂志封面也体现出人们逐渐接受了穆斯林 。6月份，首位戴着头巾的模特登上了该杂志封面 。
去年，索马里裔美国人哈利马·亚丁（Halima Aden）受到全球瞩目，当时她戴着头巾、身穿布基尼亮相美国选美大赛 。布基尼是一种除了脸和手之外可以盖住身体其他部位的泳衣 。