Iran arrests Instagram celebrity for 'blasphemy': Report

Sahar Tabar faces charges of blasphemy, gaining income through inappropriate means, and encouraging youth criminality.

    Sahar Tabar shot to prominence on social media last year after posting images of her surgically altered face [Instagram]
    Sahar Tabar shot to prominence on social media last year after posting images of her surgically altered face [Instagram]

    Iran arrested an Instagram celebrity famous for drastically altering her appearance through cosmetic surgery.

    The social media star known as Sahar Tabar was detained on the orders of Tehran's guidance court, which deals with "cultural crimes and social and moral corruption", Tasnim news agency reported.

    She faces charges including blasphemy, inciting violence, gaining income through inappropriate means, and encouraging youths to corruption.

    Tabar shot to prominence on Instagram last year after posting a series of images of her face altered through plastic surgery.

    Most of the photos and videos shared with her 26,800 followers have also been heavily edited so that she seemingly resembles Hollywood star Angelina Jolie.

    The account features images of her with a gaunt face, pouting lips and sharply turned-up nose.

    In some, she can be seen wearing a loose-fitting hijab over her hair and a white bandage on her nose, a common sight on Tehran's streets.

    Cosmetic surgery is hugely popular in the Islamic Republic, with tens of thousands of operations taking place each year.

    Instagram is the only major social media service accessible in Iran, unlike Facebook and Twitter and the Telegram messenger service, which are officially banned.

    SOURCE: AFP news agency