Iranian Instagram influencer known as Sahar Tabar was arrested on several charges including obtaining money through illegitimate means and inciting violence. Now, Iran court hands Sahar Tabar 10 years in jail.
Who is Sahar Tabar?
Sahar Tabar is an Iranian Instagram influencer.
Fatemeh Khishvand is better known by her Instagram name Sahar Tabar. She came to fame after posting photos in which she resembled as a zombie version of Angelina Jolie.
The social-media star gained wide recognition in Iran and internationally for her drastic and numerous cosmetic-surgery procedures and unique aesthetic.
Her look is distinguishable by her narrow upturned nose, accentuated pout, and sharp, hollow cheek bones.
Tabar accentuates her look further with makeup and often dresses in brightly colored clothes and wigs.
At one point she had 486,000 followers on Instagram.
Sahar Tabar’s make up and surgeries
Tabar uses makeup and surgery to dramatically change her look.
She is rumored to have had more than 50 cosmetic procedures, though she has publicly said much of her look comes down to “heavy editing.”
It is not known exactly how many surgeries Tabar has had. In a 2017 interview, she said she’d had a nose job, Botox, and liposuction.
“I don’t see anything bad in this,” she said. “It’s simple and many people around the world do it. Here in Tehran the cost of one operation is 10 million Iranian Rials,” or about $300.
BBC Persian reported that when Tabar first made headlines many people speculated that she had undergone surgery in an attempt to look like Jolie.
Tabar, however, denied in her interview with Sputnik that she ever intended to look like Jolie.
When asked whether she intended to alter her features to resemble the Hollywood actress, Tabar said:
“Never. I had no interest at all to be like Angelina Jolie, and I did not want to look like the character from ‘Corpse Bride.’
In the same vein, Tabar said she considered her appearance “an art form” and “a form of self-expression.”
Sahar Tabar’s Mental health
Sahar’s medical records were released, suggesting she was seeking treatment for a mental health issue following multiple visits to psychiatric hospitals.
Sahar Tabar’s arrest and charges
While many saw Tabar’s stunt as a joke, she was arrested on October 5, 2019, in Iran. They also arrest three other female Instagram influencers.
Ms. Khishvand’s arrest in late 2019 for crimes including blasphemy and instigating violence.
Her arrest came as a result of several public complaints made against her by people over her social-media posts.
In addition, her account was suspended following her arrest, but several fan accounts have photos and videos of her.
Sahar was detained on the orders of Tehran’s guidance court, which deals with matters related to cultural crimes and social and moral corruption. The charges against her included blasphemy, inciting violence, gaining income through inappropriate means and encouraging youths to corruption.
In October 2019, an Iranian state TV broadcaster described her as “a victim with an abnormal personality and mental state” who sought “vulgarity” on social media.
Sahar Tabar sentence: 10 years in jail
Iran court hands Sahar Tabar 10 years in jail.
A court in Iran has reportedly handed Sahar Tabar, an Iranian girl who posted distorted pictures of herself to resemble a zombie-like Angelina Jolie, a 10-year jail sentence, according to one of her lawyers.
Iran has banned several major social media networks in the country, including Facebook and Twitter.
Meanwhile, Tabar is reportedly hoping to appeal her sentence.