News broke today that the woman who paid to look like Angelina Jolie was arrested for what the Iranian government called ‘moral corruption’. If you’ve spent any time on social media you’ve no doubt seen this picture, of a woman who claimed to have cosmetic surgery in an effort to look like her idol, Angelina Jolie.
Her name is Sahar Tabar, and she is from Iran. She made a series of Instagram posts all with the outlandish claim that she underwent cosmetic surgery to look like Angelina Jolie. Her Instagram account at one time had more than 400,000 followers, however, that account has since been deleted. All the other ones out there bearing her name are fake.
Only it turns out the whole thing was a big fat lie. This is what she actually looks like.
According to Iranian authorities, it was all done through makeup trickery and photoshop.
How was this even possible? Well anyone who spends any amount of time on YouTube has no doubt seen just how easy a person can transform themselves with makeup. There are special effects makeup artists like Glam&Gore who even give tutorials on how to do it.
Then there is yuyamika7, the makeup artist who uses makeup to make herself look like all kinds of different celebs. In this video, she turned herself into Taylor Swift.
Another Youtuber known as PONY Syndrome does the same thing. Here is her version of Taylor Swift.
So as you can see, it is not only possible, it’s something done all the time.
This Sahar Tabar, however, decided to take it to another level, that the authorities claim was ain an effort to make the photos go viral so she could scam her followers.
Sahar Tabar, now faces charges of blasphemy, inciting violence, gaining income through inappropriate means and encouraging youths to corruption.
She was arrested after members of the public made complaints about her. She was detained on the orders of Tehran’s guidance court, which handles “cultural crimes and social and moral corruption.”
However, did she really try and scam her followers or was she just a young girl having fun? She originally claimed to have undergone 50 plastic surgeries. However, in an interview with the Russian media in 2017, Sahar Tabar said she doctored the photos just to ‘amuse herself‘. “This is Photoshop and makeup,” she reportedly told Russian media outlet Sputnik in 2017. “Every time I publish a photo, I paint my face in an increasingly funny way.” She added: “It is a way of expressing yourself, a kind of art. My fans know that this is not my real face.”
There was no evidence she ever attempted to get money from anyone by posting her pictures. So I’m not really sure where the claims of a “scam” came in, other than she lied just because she wanted to be famous. While I admit lying is wrong, most people knew that by looking at those pics they weren’t real. It wasn’t like she was an expert at photoshop. It was clear the photos were all doctored.
Her nose was the real dead giveaway. Your nose doesn’t look drastically different in every single photo.
She even came clean and told the truth in 2017. She said it was all just makeup and photoshop. So why now is she being arrested?
Even worse, she’s facing the death penalty.
The punishment here clearly doesn’t fit the crime.
Lying is wrong and I understand they want to make an example of her so that others don’t try and trick the public but she shouldn’t be put to death for it. That’s going way to far.