Nike is releasing an athletic-wear hijab

Ten points to Nike for their step towards inclusiveness

By Lydia Chan | Published: 9 Mar 2017

Nike Pro Hijab
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[Updated 9 March 2017] The Nike Pro Hijab will also be available in Malaysia online at


Good news for Muslim female athletes; major sports brand Nike will soon begin selling an athletic head cover called the Nike Pro Hijab. Made from Nike Pro Power Mesh lightweight polyester in dark colours, the hijab has tiny holes in the fabric, making it breathable yet completely opaque.

Nike started developing the hijab about more than a year ago after some Muslim athletes complained about wearing a traditional head scarf when competing, which wasn't very comfortable. The brand worked with athletes like Nike+ Run coach Manal Rostom (pictured above) and Emirati figure skater Zahra Lari in creating a functional athletic hijab.


"I was thrilled and a bit emotional to see Nike prototyping a hijab," Zahra said to CNN. "I've tried so many different hijabs for performance, and … so few of them actually work for me. But once I put it on and took it for a spin on the ice, I was blown away by the fit and the light weight."

News of the Nike Pro Hijab comes in the wake of the brand's controversial "What Will They Say About You" ad, which was released in the Middle East.

The Nike Pro Hijab is slated for a spring release in 2018 and we're keeping our fingers crossed that it'll be available in Malaysia, too.

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