by Alice Paulse; photography courtesy of Nike
Not only has Nike just launched their plus size range but they are now looking to release their Nike Pro Hijab line for female athletes.
Earlier this week women were applauding the company for recognising that fitness-lovers come in all sizes by releasing their first ever plus size range. Now the company has taken it to a whole new level by making it easier for female athletes to compete in hijabs.
Nike will add hijabs to its range of athletic wear sometime next year. The product will be called the Nike Pro Hijab, which takes into account the particular challenges that female athletes face. When wearing a traditional headscarf during athletic competition. The planned release date for the specially designed hijab is in spring 2018.
What Inspired The Nike Pro Hijab Line?
Nike looked at the high-profile instances of Muslim athletes competing in hijabs and decided that there is a need for the line. Athletes like Saudi Arabia’s runner Sarah Attar, who wore a hijab whilst competing in the 800 meter heat. In 2012 at the London Olympics and Emirati weightlifter Amna Al Haddad, who did so at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Another case that the brand cited is the fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who became the first American to compete at the Olympics in Rio wearing a hijab. The company released a statement, saying “By providing Muslim athletes with the most ground-breaking products, like the Nike Pro Hijab, Nike aims to serve today’s pioneers as well as inspire even more women and girls in the region who still face barriers and limited access to sport.”
What You Need To Know About the Nike Pro Hijab Line
Nike collaborated with Muslim athletes to help them develop the product, such as weightlifter Al Haddad. Their goal was to create a product that would be lightweight and resistant to trapping heat. But also have the grip to stay in place.
It’s a lightweight polyester sports hijab, which was constructed from durable single layer Nike Pro power mesh; with a pull on design.
Taking into account, the severe heat of the Middle East, it’s made of the most breathable fabric. The Nike Pro Hijab range will come in black, grey and obsidian. An offering Nike says reflects the athletes request for dark neutrals.
Nike is definitely making waves with their new ranges and this range is no different. As in past years, athletes who wore hijabs at athletic competitions have been scrutinised. It’s by time that more of an importance is placed on making the practice adaptable.
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