Remember Sahar Tabar? The Instagram personality who made waves a few years ago due to her resemblance to actress Angelina Jolie? She has now been jailed for 10 years and she was allegedly arrested for her social media shenanigans.
According to the Guardian, the 19-year-old Sahar Tabar was charged with corruption of the youth and showing disrespect for the Islamic Republic because she used to post heavily distorted images of herself using tools like makeup and photo editing. She first shot to prominence when she shared heavily morphed images of herself resembling like Tim Burton’s take on Angelina Jolie.
Now, Sahar Tabar has called upon Angelina Jolie to campaign for her release. “The Islamic Republic has a history of tormenting women. We need to be united against this gender apartheid,” she said, according to media reports.
The Guardian reports that the charges against Tabar include “blasphemy, inciting violence, gaining income through inappropriate means and encouraging youths to corruption”. The 19-year-old is hoping for a pardon with her lawyers highlighting her age at the time the said offences appear to have been committed.
While netizens first assumed that the young woman had gone through intense plastic surgery for her appearance, she denied such reports in a 2017 interview with Russian website Sputnik.
“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,” she told the website.