The Iranian Instagram star Sahar Tabar, also known as “Zombie Angelina Jolie,” has been released from prison after a massive public outcry about her 10-year prison sentence, according to 7 News.
Tabar appeared in a television interview shortly after her release, where she showed her real face for the first time since her arrest.
Tabar gained a following on social media with strange pictures that made her appear like a zombified version of the famous actress Angelina Jolie.
While her pictures online make her appear very strange and unhealthy, her online persona is merely an illusion.
She uses a combination of make-up and photoshop techniques to make herself appear the way that she does in her photos.
However, for a long time, Tabar told her audience that the photos on her profile were real images of her.
She told her followers that she had an obnoxious number of surgeries to make herself look that way.
Cosmetic surgery is popular in Iran, so it is true that Tabar has had a small number of cosmetic surgeries in her life, but they were routine procedures and had nothing to do with her zombie profile.
She admitted during the interview that, “what you saw on Instagram was the computer effects I used to create the image.”
“Cyberspace was an easy way. It was much easier than becoming an actor,” she was quoted as saying.
She says that after everything she has been through, she might be done with social media for good.
“I’m sure I will not even put Instagram on my phone anymore, let alone have a page,” she said.
Human rights groups believe that she was forced to appear on state television and confess her crimes in exchange for her release.
Amnesty International has repeatedly called on Iran to stop broadcasting videos of such ‘confessions’, saying they ‘violate the defendants’ rights’.
Tabar, whose real name is Fatemeh Khishvand, had been in prison for 14 months after her October 2019 arrest.
Under Iran’s strict social laws, her activities are considered “promoting public corruption.”
The charges against her were blasphemy, inciting violence, gaining income through inappropriate means, and encouraging corruption among the young.
She was initially reported to authorities because she collected money under the pretenses that she was in poor health due to the excessive surgeries.
Today Iranian teenager who posted heavily distorted images of herself online and was jailed for 10 years has been freed after massive media pressure.#سحر_تبر با قید وثیقه شد #حکومت_گروگانگیر آزادی را جیره بندی میکند pic.twitter.com/Dmup86thCC
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