September 28, 2022
Apparel company Lululemon has introduced a new line of workout hijabs as some retailers continue to appeal to Islamic women amid controversies surrounding similar clothing.

Apparel company Lululemon has introduced a new line of workout hijabs as some retailers continue to appeal to Islamic women amid controversies surrounding similar clothing.

The new clothes, which were placed online earlier this week, come in two different styles: the Lightweight Performance Hijab and the wraparound Scarf-Style Hijab, both of which are designed to allow Islamic women the flexibility of working out while donning religious garb, even as some governments, such as France, debate allowing similar athletic wear in certain public spaces.

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Similar athletic wear geared toward Muslim women has attracted controversy. Grenoble, a city in France, initially voted in favor of allowing women to wear burkinis, which cover everything but the wearers’ faces, hands, and feet, on May 16. But the vote was suspended by a French administrative court, which said the move was “seriously undermining secularism,” on May 26. Muslim rights organizations in France have argued that bans on burkinis restrict fundamental liberties and embrace discrimination, according to Reuters.

Other major retailers, such as Nike and Macy’s, introduced similar clothing lines that included hijabs in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Macy’s received both backlash and praise for the clothing, with some arguing the company was embracing a symbol of oppression and others praising the brand for its promotion of diversity, according to Business Insider.

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A third style of Lululemon’s hijab, the OTM Pull On Hijab, is slated to go to market later this year.

Lululemon has not responded to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.

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