Earlier this week, we reported on the shocking arrest of Instagrammer, Sahar Tabar.
Tabar has become well-known across social media for her unusual appearance - it was speculated that she had undergone over fifty cosmetic operations - and the Insta star has been arrested by the Iranian authorities, accused of blasphemy, inciting violence, and corrupting youth through social media.
This isn't the first time that the Islamic State has thrown an Instagrammer in jail because they do not follow their oppressive rules. Despite the clearly unfair treatment going on here, many have dismissed the case because of Tabar's appearance, which has been likened to Angelina Jolie and Tim Burton's Corpse Bride.
Whilst I don't believe that whatever surgery she may or may not have had should weigh in on this case of government oppression, I think that these new photos will change some people's minds on this case. The new photos that have emerged reveal what Sahar Tabar actually looks like.
Continue scrolling to see the Photoshop and make-up free snaps.
Perhaps understanding that the Islamic State of Iran's cyber policing has led to the arrest of a "normal" looking young woman, people will take this whole thing more seriously.
Similiar looking?Tabar 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.It has been speculated that the twenty-two-year-old got 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.A young woman has been arrested by the Islamic Republic for what they have deemed "blasphemous behavior." No one is aware of what is being done to her or whether she will be released anytime soon. This is an extremely distressing situation, and yet there are people on Twitter that would rather make fun of her appearance.
Behind the makeup is a young woman who is being unfairly persecuted.
"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.
Women should be free to paint their faces, dance in their bedrooms, and do whatever the hell they want.
#ThrowBack In July 2018 #Iran arrested Maedeh Hojabri because of her dance and performances video. Before 40 years… https://t.co/hT2W9VeLaa— Retweet (@Retweet)1562240165.0
Cosmetic surgery is really popular in Iran.The Guardian reported in 2013 that over two-hundred-thousand women in Iran get nose jobs each year.
"Displaying our 'art' on our faces."
via: Getty Images.Part of the reason that women in Iran have been getting an increasing amount of cosmetic surgery, primarily nose jobs, in recent years is due to a backlash following the revolution. Now that women in Iran are forced to wear the hijab and their fashion choices have been limited, they are seeking alternative ways to express themselves. One Iranian woman who spoke to The Guardian said: "It's human nature to want to seek out attention with a beautiful figure, hair, skin … but the hijab doesn't let you do that. So we have to satisfy that instinct by displaying our 'art' on our faces."
Aspiring to have freedom.
via: Getty Images.The fashion for Iranian women to get surgery to reduce the size of their nose and have the tip turned upwards is often seen as an attempt to westernize themselves. Western fashion has been banned from Iran since the revolution; even jeans have been banned. If Iranian women are "westernizing" their faces, it could be seen as a quite a political act.
The nose job situation in Iran is fascinating.Now that it has bled so deeply into the mainstream of Iranian culture, it is even seen as a status symbol, to prove that you can afford to get one.
Oppression has destroyed the self-esteem of many Iranian women.
I love this picture of myself b/c it’s a slap in the face to the beauty standards I was raised with. My hair isn’t… https://t.co/rxYgzZaYnf— Kimya كيميا (@Kimya كيميا)1559752100.0
Now how do you feel about Sahar Tabar?
Whatever you feel about her work as an artist, this is about human rights being violated.
Sahar Tabar, a famous Iranian figure on Instagram who has millions of followers, was arrested by police. She used h… https://t.co/CtVV6q6zH5— Reshad Shams (@Reshad Shams)1570372704.0
Hey Iran! Free Sahar Tabar. She has the right to blasphame, to wear whatever she likes, to say whatever she wants,… https://t.co/G13xJL10Ca— taslima nasreen (@taslima nasreen)1570502988.0