Iran’s ‘Angelina Jolie’ Hopes to Be Released From Prison

  • Fatima Khushwand, also known as Sahar Tabar, was 18 when she was arrested.
  • An arrest order was given by Tehran's Guidance Court, but the case was later referred to Tehran's Revolutionary Court.
  • The news of Sehar's arrest was widely reported in local and foreign media, and questions were raised as to why she was detained on the basis of only the make-up on his face

Iranian internet celebrity Fatima Khoshund, who has been in prison for a year, said in an interview with the Iranian news agency Rokna that she had been sentenced to 10 years in prison but hoped to be released soon on appeal. On the other hand, Fatima’s lawyer Saeed Dehghan told reporters that he heard the news but the lawyers had not yet reached a decision.

Fatemeh Khishvand, known by her Instagram username of Sahar Tabar, is an Iranian influencer who rose to prominence in 2017 for her supposed use of cosmetic surgery in images of herself posted to Instagram. It was rumored that she had altered her face through as many as fifty plastic surgeries.

Fatima Khushwand, also known as Shara Tabar, was 18 when she was arrested. An arrest order was given  by Tehran’s Guidance Court, but the case was later referred to Tehran’s Revolutionary Court.

Due to its popularity on social media, the news of Sehar’s arrest was widely reported in local and foreign media, and questions were raised as to why she was detained on the basis of only the make-up on his face.

Tabar, the 19-year-old said: “This is Photoshop and makeup. Every time I publish a photo, I paint my face in an increasingly funny way. It is a way of expressing yourself, a kind of art.

My fans know that this is not my real face. I did not even think about being like Jolie. Also, I did not want to resemble the cartoon character the Corpse Bride.”

Two weeks after his arrest, Sahar’s “confession” was aired on Iranian TV, in which he said he had always wanted to be famous and after watching the film “Bride of the Dead”. The idea is to do facial surgery, make-up, and photoshop.

In this case, the lawyers objected to the broadcast of these ‘confessions’. While in jail, Rokna aired a film about her in which it was reported that her parents had separated and she had not studied or taken a diploma till the tenth standard.

According to the indictment against Fatima, she was charged with aiding and abetting corruption on earth, inciting young people to commit adultery, insulting the hijab, desecrating sacred objects, and illegally acquiring wealth. In an interview with Rokna on Friday, Fatima Khoshund said that she was acquitted of two charges but it was not clear what those charges were.

Many in the media called her the famous Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie because, after the surgery, her face lightly resembled that of an American actress, but many of her other photos show her face to exaggerate.

Fatima Khoshwand’s lawyers say she has a variety of mental illnesses and needs intensive medical care.

Iran’s ‘Zombie Angelina Jolie’ lookalike

Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad shared the news on Twitter and wrote, “10 years jail for Iranian Instagrammer who used makeup and Photoshop to become a zombie Angelina Jolie.

Sahar Tabar is only 19. Her joke landed her in jail. Her mother cries every day to get her innocent daughter freed. Dear Angelina Jolie! we need your voice here. Help us..”

Saeed Dehghan said that all the documents available about Fatima show that she was suffering from ‘depression and psychosis’ many years before puberty and in the past, that is why she was admitted to the hospital for treatment.

“I call on Angelina Jolie to help an Iranian 19-year-old girl who received 10 years prison sentence for using makeup & Photoshop to turn herself into Angelina. The  Islamic Republic has a history of tormenting women. We need to be united against this gender apartheid,” tweeted Masih Alinejad.

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Doris Mkwaya

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