A woman who has had several rounds of cosmetic surgery to try and look like Angelina Jolie has been arrested. Sahar Tabar, 21, was taken into custody in Tehran on a string of ‘cultural crimes and social and moral corruption’ allegations. She faces charges of blasphemy, inciting violence, gaining income through inappropriate means and encouraging youths to corruption, according to an Iranian news agency. Tabar shot to prominence on Instagram last year after posting a series of images of her face altered through plastic surgery. Most of the photos and videos shared with her 26,800 followers have also been heavily edited so that she seemingly resembles Hollywood star Angelina Jolie.
The account features images of her with a gaunt face, pouting lips and sharply turned-up nose. In some, she can be seen wearing a loosely fitting hijab over her hair and a white bandage on her nose commonly seen on Tehran’s streets.
Cosmetic surgery is hugely popular in the Islamic republic, with tens of thousands of operations taking place each year. After revealing her new look she was mocked for looking more like a zombie than Angelina Jolie.
Other pictures revealed that, while she has had plastic surgery, she is actually just very good with make-up and Photoshop. Instagram is the only major social media service accessible in Iran unlike Facebook and Twitter and the Telegram messenger service are officially banned.