Recently, word spread that Iran has arrested Instagrammer, Sahar Tabar. Tabar became well-known across social media for her unusual appearance - it was speculated that she had undergone over fifty cosmetic operations.
The Insta star has since refuted the claims and insisted that, although she has undergone some surgery, most of her posts are photoshopped. Tabar also stated that she uses a lot of makeup and paint, which helps to give her an unusual look. Her appearance has been likened to that of Angelina Jolie and the Corpse Bride and she clearly infuriated the Iranian State.
And now, she has been brought on TV without any makeup on. Keep scrolling to see the video.
via: IMDb.comTabar has been compared to Tim Burton's Corpse Bride.
The story surrounding her look has taken the internet by storm.
To say that Angelina Jolie of Iran is wrong. She underwent surgery to be like the hero of the animation movie Corps… https://t.co/W9D652coaI— نایب (@نایب)1570374108.0
I am my own muse...
Sahar never had the ambition to look like Jolie.
via: IMDb.comIt was merely a coincidence that getting lip fillers, liposuction, and a nose job made her look like Hollywood A-lister, Angelina Jolie.
Sahar can be seen wearing a loose hijab in most of her posts.
Introducing: the debate surrounding whether or not the Internet is a public space...
"There is no cyber law in Iran's constitution."
Iran's Cyber Police (FATA).
via: Getty ImagesIn a fascinating piece posted on Medium, Kaveh Azarhoosh exposes the dark world of Iran's cyber police. In a notion passed by The Islamic State of "self-policing" over 42,000 civilians volunteer to police the web, ensuring that Iranians are following the strict Islamic code. We can assume that it was through this system that Sahar Tabar was caught out.
Not everyone in Iran will be silenced.Despite the dangers of contesting the Islamic State regime, there are people protesting the Sahar's arrest.
This case has reminded people of the Iranian government's dark history of silencing online users.
People have not forgotten what happened to Beheshti.
Islamic Republic turtured a young blogger Sattar Beheshti to death for his activities on social media & sentenced S… https://t.co/i8dednkPFf— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@Masih Alinejad 🏳️)1555456095.0
Sahar's unusual appearance has meant a lot of people are not taking this seriously.
That #sahartabar looks like Yzma out of the Emperor’s Groove! 😩 https://t.co/ZeOIZDZkV1— Thomas Briggs (@Thomas Briggs)1512085633.0
Behind the makeup is a young woman who is being unfairly persecuted.
#SaharTabar is an Iranian teenager who underwent more than 50 surgeries to look like #AngelinaJolie. Here is her be… https://t.co/kbM0Oy8i6Y— Dr.A (@Dr.A)1512058580.0
"It is a way of expressing yourself, a kind of art."
The case of Maedeh Hojabri.
Maedeh Hojabri went to prison for dancing on IG which is illegal in Iran. She was then made to admit fake accusatio… https://t.co/TnW6eB7U2f— Mononoke ⚔️ (@Mononoke ⚔️)1562521177.0
The arrest of Maedeh Hojabri looked very bad for the Iranian government.
No one has the right to stop another human from expressing themselves. It disgusts me the the Iranian government th… https://t.co/imTgdaJ8Dg— lilly 🦋 | BLM (@lilly 🦋 | BLM)1533671620.0
Maedeh Hojabri was forced to issue a public apology on Iranian TV.
Maedeh Hojabri's detention & forced confessions on state TV has ignited a wave of public debate about the role of I… https://t.co/J4vEcuAUqT— Reza H. Akbari (@Reza H. Akbari)1531222658.0
As of July last year, the Iranian judiciary has been in talks concerning the filtering of Instagram.
via: Getty Images.In a push to maintain Iran's strict rules of the Islamic State, they have already been implementing systematic filtering surveillance on Facebook, Telegram, and Twitter. It seems after the "dance fiasco" Insta was next on the list.
Before the Islamic revolution of 1979, things were a lot different.
Persepolis was also turned into a movie in 2007.
And now, Tabar has been brought on TV, without makeup or prosthetics.
via: Sahar TabarThe clip shows how different the star looks compared with her shocking Instagram posts.
This is the first time she has spoken out.
via: YouTubeShe featured on the Iranian regime-run channel, IRTV2.
In the interview, she explained that she didn't alter her face to look like Angelina Jolie, to whom she is often compared to.
via: YouTube“I do not currently look like my photoshopped pictures. My mother was telling me to stop, but I didn’t listen. Sometimes the words of a stranger or a friend can be more important than those of a parent."
The Iranian broadcaster used the star to show how wanting social media fame can ruin lives.
via: YouTube“Vulgarity on social media gets a lot of clicks," Tabar added.