She was walking on High Road in Seven Sisters, north London, with a female friend at about 7.30pm on Wednesday 28 September. As they crossed the road by the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, she was approached from behind by two men.
One of them pulled down the hijab she was wearing, before both men made off towards Pelham Road, Scotland Yard said.
The first suspect is described as white, in his late 20s or early 30s, with blond or ginger shaved hair and stubble. Police said he was about 5ft 6in and wearing a burgundy hooded top and carrying a Tesco bag in his right hand.
The second suspect was of Mediterranean appearance, in his late 20s or early 30s and clean-shaven, with spiky hair. He wore a grey hooded top.
Det Const Ben Cousin, of Haringey Community Safety Unit, said: “The was a shocking attack in broad daylight in the middle of a busy street. Racially and religiously motivated crimes will not be tolerated. I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this attack to contact police.”
The police are yet to find the men.