Fashion, Sports, and Culture Collide: This Soccer Jersey Has a Built-In Hijab
It’s been a good week so far for women—International Women’s Day on Tuesday celebrated the strides we've made politically, culturally, and socially. And to further that progress, Hummel International, a sportswear company based in Denmark, launched a new soccer jersey with a built-in hijab for Muslim women.
In line with the brand’s mission to change the world through sport, this initiative will make it easier for Muslim women to play soccer (or basically any sport or athletic activity—the base layer with the hijab comes in plain red or white).
“If you want to make positive change, you have to meet people, as well as nations and cultures, where they are,” says the owner of the company, Christian Stadil, in the video above.
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Women who choose to (or have to) wear a headscarf as a religious practice shouldn’t have to avoid physical activity to do so. This new product eliminates the hassle of trying to keep one in place during sports, and it also solves a safety issue, since hijabs are commonly fastened with pins.
The elaborate details of the jersey, which symbolize the mountains, wood carvings, and calligraphy of Afghanistan, further blend the realms of fashion, sports, and culture—and we say bravo to that.