Iranian Instagram Model And Angelina Jolie Wannabe Arrested For Blasphemy
Published in Oct 2019 / Updated in Aug 2021
Iranian Instagram star Sahar Tabar, who rose to prominence for appearing like Angelina Jolie, has been arrested.
Tabar is said to have undergone 50 plastic surgeries to achieve her look. The 22-year-old made international headlines last year when photos of her went viral, quickly amassing a following of 14 thousand.
Tasnim News said the influencer, identified as Fatemeh Kh by Iranian media, using the first character of her surname in Farsi, is accused of promoting violence, illicit education, blasphemy, insulting the Islamic veil, spreading hatred, and encouraging youth to commit corruption. Tasnim reported that complaints were made about her to the prosecutor’s office.
On Instagram — where her account has since been deactivated — Sahar Tabar regularly posted photos of herself. Many believe she made herself up to look like a zombie version of the actress Angelina Jolie, with sunken cheeks, an exaggeratedly upturned nose, and extra-large pouty lips.
“It is Photoshop and makeup,” she told Sputnik. “Every time I publish a photo I make my face more fun. It is my way of self-expression, a kind of art. My followers know that this is not my real face.”
In the interview, she denied reports that she was attempting to look like Jolie, saying, “I had no interest at all to be like Angelina Jolie, and I did not want to look like the character from ‘Corpse Bride.’ I understand that I do have some similarities with them, but I am my own muse, and I did not want to look like anyone. That was not my aim.”
She went on to say that she had only had a handful of procedures — including enlarging her nose and lips and liposuction — and her weight was in a normal range.
Instagram is the only major social media network that is not banned in Iran. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Telegram are all blocked, according to Amnesty International.