Noor Tagouri is a 22-year-old journalist whose goal is to be the first American news anchor to wear a hijabi, or head covering, to anchor the news. She has more than 200,000 followers on social media, and is using her burgeoning fame to help fight human trafficking. She has partnered with Adam Khafif at Lis’n Up Clothing (LSNP) to bring awareness to trafficking and help fund the fight against it. She created a design that features the word “GIRL” printed backward and crossed out. Her design is inspired by the work of the late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.
An article about Tagouri’s efforts is featured on upworthy.com, and states, “Basquiat’s artwork is known for the distortion of the words and images he paints. It’s the type of art you could stare at for hours at a time and still miss something that’s staring you right in the face…that’s how Tagouri feels we too often treat human trafficking.” Basquiat once explained, “I cross out words so you will see them more; the fact that they are obscured makes you want to read them.”
Half of all profits from the clothing line will go to Project Futures, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding support and prevention programs related to human trafficking.