Many can’t believe how the Iranian “Zombie Angelina Jolie” actually appears after she disclosed the truth about her dramatic makeover in a YouTube video.
Sahar Tabar had been sentenced to 10 years in prison after she was charged with “promoting public corruption and blasphemy,” but now she has been released and shown her real face.
Tabar dedicated her life to achieving her unusual look. Alongside Jolie, Tabar has been compared to Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. Her strange look even earned her fame, with people debating what inspired Tabar’s look, the Instagrammer collected a variety of fans, mythologizing who she is and what she stands for.
Speaking out about the mystery surrounding why she underwent all that surgery, the Instagrammer stated: “I did not even think about being like Jolie. Also, I did not want to resemble the cartoon character the Corpse Bride.”
“Now I understand that I have something to do with them, but I am a muse myself, and remembering someone is not an end in itself.”
It was merely a coincidence that getting lip fillers, liposuction, and a nose job made her look like the Hollywood A-lister.
But Tabar’s looks have got her into some legal trouble too. Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, hijabs have been compulsory. The rule clearly states that women must adorn loose-fitting clothing and a headscarf in public.
In one of Tabar’s rare non-photoshopped selfies, the Instagrammer is not wearing a hijab. You could argue that taking a photo at home, where you are allowed to not adorn a scarf, is perfectly acceptable. You could also argue that sharing it in the public sphere of Instagram goes against the Islamic State’s regime.
Just last year, BBC Global News Journalist, Roja Assadi, spoke up about the crackdown on “Instagram influencers” by the Iranian government.
She explained that, despite there being no law in Iran about what you post online, they have adopted applying the same constitutional laws they have elsewhere to that which is posted online and on social media.
Assadi said that the Iranian cyber police will target people who are “not following Islamic ethical code, from clothes to behavior.”
In a fascinating piece posted on Medium, Kaveh Azarhoosh exposed 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. It is through this system that we can assume Tabar was caught out.
Previously, Tabar stated that painting her face and contorting the images of herself through the medium of photoshop was a way of expressing herself.
But following her brush with Iranian law, Tabar was interviewed on YouTube, without makeup or trickery. The clip shows how different the star looks compared to her shocking Instagram posts. And she quickly gained sympathy all over the globe.
“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,” she said in the video, adding that “vulgarity on social media gets a lot of clicks.
“What you saw on Instagram was the computer effects I used to create the image.”
She then claimed that her bizarre Instagram account was all a part of her quest for fame.
“Cyberspace was an easy way. It was much easier than becoming an actor,” Tabar said, as per the Daily Mail.
But following the trouble her fame has gotten her into, Tabar has vowed to quit Instagram for life.
“I’m sure I will not even put Instagram on my phone anymore, let alone have a page,” she said.
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