“Noor” or نور‎ = “light” in Arabic.

A first generation Libyan-American.
A storyteller. A leader.

Noor Tagouri’s passion for storytelling stems from the desire to expose cultural injustices and combat the challenges facing women on a global scale. Her rise as a young journalist and budding cultural figure is not only proof of what can happen if you dare to ask the right questions but is also the key to breaking the glass ceiling so that others may follow her lead and reach new heights.

One of the most talked about young adults in the country, Tagouri has embarked on a unique journey to achieve her dreams, breaking down significant barriers in the process. From graduating at one of the top journalism schools at the age of 20, to serving as an on-air reporter for Newsy, she is a force to be reckoned with.

Since the launch of the viral #LetNoorShine campaign in 2012, Tagouri has gained significant support for her efforts to break normative stereotypes, further establishing a strong platform to encourage others to realize their own potential in a multicultural society. With livestream discussions, providing deliverable content on Huffington Post, creating the #journeywithnoor bracelet, as well as a partnership collaboration with streetwear brand Lis’n Up Clothing – #TheNoorEffect, (a line of women empowerment clothes combatting sex trafficking), Tagouri is raising the bar every step of the way.

She is also successfully creating an inviting space for people to celebrate their individuality and embrace diversity. One of her latest success stories to add to the hearty list is recently being named one of Playboy Magazine’s 2016 Renegades, further showcasing how Tagouri isn’t afraid to break the rules and norm within her capacity in order to succeed in doing all that she loves.

“As a badass activist with a passion for demanding change and asking the right questions, accompanied by beauty-ad-campaign looks, Tagouri forces us to ask ourselves why we have such a hard time wrapping our minds around a young woman who consciously covers her head and won’t take no for an answer.” – Anna del Gaizo, Playboy Magazine