SOURCE 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.
Nike said the hijab is already being worn by Emirati figure skater Zahra Lari. “I was thrilled and a bit emotional to see Nike prototyping a Hijab,” Lari said in a statement. “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.”
Nike has one of the greatest, most iconic logos around. It’s sleek, simple, and recognizable around the world. They make a great products and everyone associates Nike with top athletes. So why does a company with so much success and reputation feel the need to act like a struggling start-up plastering their logos all over their shit?
Until I saw this Hijab the biggest gripe I’ve had with Nike is how they’ve hijacked the MLB uniform for the past few years… Oddly enough it’s the thing I respect most about them. Look at this picture. Who makes the MLB’s uniforms?
Nike? Wrong. It’s Majestic, but Nike owns the undershirt contract and had the BALLS to place their logo on the hem of the collar so it peeks out at all times. Brilliant move, but also a straight up douchebag move. Majestic has for sure been outraged ever since.
But moving on to this Hijab. I think it’s great Nike took the time to pick one of the dozens of fabrics they have laying around the factory and sew it into the shape of a Hijab. Tough procedure I’m sure. On one hand this really is a great thing to do because people shouldn’t have to choose between a sport they love and their religion just because proper clothing isn’t available. On the other hand there are other athletic Hijab options available, none of which carry a giant logo on the side like a fucking football helmet. Hijabs are for religion and modesty, not something to use as a billboard. Can you imagine if Addidas created a rubber-based cross necklace for Catholics with their logo on it? I know its not the same thing but it sort of is. Nike could’ve placed the logo 4″-5″ lower and nobody would’ve thought any less of them. Everyone would still know it was their product with 75% less criticism.
And as for that quote from the Muslim figure skater… “I was thrilled and a bit emotional to see Nike prototyping a Hijab, 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.”… Good for Zahra Lari, she got paid for that. I’ll never knock someone for trying to make some money, but don’t try and make me think you’re emotional because Nike came and saved your life. This is 100% a script written by some intern in Nike’s basement. It reads like some shitty commercial some athlete was forced into to fulfill a contract obligation.