A young woman from Iran was sentenced to 10 years in prison for posting photos on social media where she looked like a “Zombie Angelina Jolie.”
The 19-year-old Instagram star calls herself Sahar Tabar, but her real name is Fatemeh Khishvand.
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. Still, under Iran’s strict social laws, her activities are considered “promoting public corruption.”
She says that her page was intended to be a social commentary, but the government thought that she was a danger to society.
Last year, she was arrested along with three other female Instagram influencers accused of similar offenses.
In court this week, Tabar was sentenced to ten years in prison, which is much longer than the terms that were initially expected.
Iranian Journalist Masih Alinejad first shared the news on Twitter, and called on the real Angelina Jolie to help advocate for the young girl’s freedom.
“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,” Alinejad said.
10 years jail for Iranian Instagramer who used make up & 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. pic.twitter.com/0QTzSv2c5v
— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) December 11, 2020
“Islamic Republic has a history of tormenting women. We need to be united against this gender apartheid,” Alinejad said in a later video.
Charges against Tabar first included blasphemy, inciting violence, gaining income through inappropriate means and encouraging youths to corruption, according to Tasnim news agency.
She was arrested on the orders of Tehran’s guidance court, which deals with “cultural crimes and social and moral corruption.”
In 2017 Tabar went viral with her photos after claiming that she had 50 surgeries to make herself look like a zombified version of the famous actress Angelina Jolie.
After gaining hundreds of thousands of followers, she revelead that the whole thing was an elaborate prank.
In an interview before her trial, she appeared on television in her “zombie form” and her face was mostly blurred out as a result.
She admitted in the interview that she looks nothing like this in real life, and that the persona was created using make-up and photoshop.
‘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,” she said.
“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,” she added.
Earlier this week, we reported that another famous Instagram influencer from Austrailia was arrested for trafficking cannabis. “Dragon Girl” is due to appear in court for sentencing at a later date after being granted an extension last week.