Models in Iran have been arrested and forced to grovel in public for posting glamorous pictures of themselves online without headscarves.
Police have arrested eight models in a new crackdown targeting ‘un-Islamic acts’ such as women exposing their hair online.
One famous beauty, Elham Arab, known for her wedding-dress portraits, was interrogated on camera at the Iranian Revolutionary Court with her blonde hair hidden under a black chador.
She was charged with ‘promoting western promiscuity’ and forced to give public ‘self-criticism.’
‘All people love beauty and fame,’ Arab said. ‘They would like to be seen, but it is important to know what price they will pay to be seen.’
The arrests were made in a sting operation code-named Spider-2 which particularly targeted users of the picture-sharing site Instagram.
The hijab has been compulsory in public in Iran since its 1979 Islamic revolution.
The sting is said to have identified 170 people running Instagram pages – 59 photographers and makeup artists, 58 models, 51 fashion salon managers and designers, and two active institutions.
‘We found out that about 20 per cent of the (Iranian) Instagram feed is run by the modelling circle,’ Javad Babaei said on state television on Sunday.
They have been ‘making and spreading immoral and un-Islamic culture and promiscuity’, he added.
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