Hoda Katebi Wants to Take On Fast Fashion by Taking It Down

Visionaries is a limited series that looks at figures who are trying to transform the way we live.

The bitter complexities of fashion found Hoda Katebi long before she found them.

“Growing up in Oklahoma, wearing the hijab, I had to come to terms with being visibly Muslim,” the Iranian American organizer and activist said. “People would call me a terrorist, or pretend to run me over.” And when policymakers held up the hijab and women’s rights as part of the rationale for military action in Afghanistan, or economic sanctions on Iran, she said, “that’s when I started really thinking about clothes.”

A decade and a half later, Ms. Katebi, 27, has

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