The Nike Pro Hijab Has Been Named One Of The '25 Best Inventions' Of 2017

BY Samantha Hamilton Rushforth / Nov 23 2017 / 21:17 PM

Alongside robots, low-sugar ice cream and Rihanna's Fenty Beauty line

The Nike Pro Hijab Has Been Named One Of The '25 Best Inventions' Of 2017
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Determined by a team of experts taking into account hundreds of new releases this year, TIME Magazine has announced the 25 products they consider to be the best inventions of 2017.

Amongst the unranked list are floating lightbulbs, the Apple iPhone X, an Adidas shoe, Rihanna's Fenty Beauty foundations, fidget spinners and the Nike Pro Hijab. 

Empowerment lies in inclusion, acceptance and tolerance. It's very thrilling to see the project that I worked on with Nike - the #NikeProHijab back in 2016 - made it to @time 's best 25 inventions for 2017. As a former athlete who been through that path, there were many challenges faced and I am very happy that the project not only saw the light beginning of this year but actually making it global, winning awards and soon to be accessible for many athletes who need it. This is the epitome of what making an impact is. To see something I was part of creating, touching - literally - thousands of people worldwide, touches my heart and soul. I pray the benefit of this product touches all the souls out there who really need it and require it for their sporting needs. Clothing should never be a barrier to achieving your sporting goals, in fact we need to focus on the athlete talent, performance, and willpower instead of focusing on clothing and what they wear when they compete. Everyone should have the freedom to express themselves in a way that's true to them without hinderance. Much love, -Amna. Repost from @time - It's tough to play sports in a hijab. If the material is too heavy, it causes excess sweating. If it's too light, it might fall off during competition. And if it's fastened in the wrong way, "you can feel like you're going to choke," says @manirostom, an Egyptian runner based in the United Arab Emirates and the founder of the "Surviving Hijab" Facebook group, which has nearly half a million members. Nike's Pro Hijab—which was put into development after executives met with UAE weight lifter @amna.s.alhaddad in 2016—aims to shift that status quo. Unlike a traditional hijab, the Pro—one of TIME's 25 Best Inventions of 2017—is made with light, breathable fabric that wicks moisture; athletes who have used it report that it helps manage sweat. But for women like Rostom, who was one of the Pro's early testers, there's symbolic weight to Nike's investment, as well. "I'm athletic, I'm outspoken, I'm empowered by a big company," she says. "I'm representing what a Muslim woman can be." See the full list on Photograph by @sebastianmader for TIME

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Created after executives consulted with UAE weight lifter Amna Al Haddad in 2016, the fabric used to create the hijab is balanced to prevent excessive sweating yet stay put during competition. 

Earlier this year, the Nike Pro Hijab made its Fashion Forward debut at the Mashael Alrajhi show and was spotlighted on a global stage when UAE-based athlete Manal Rostom wore it to compete in the New York City Marathon this month. 

You can see the full ranking from TIME Magazine here