‘Zombie’ Angelina Jolie Was Jailed Over These Selfies

The reason 'Zombie Angelina Jolie' was jailed over her selfies has been revealed.
Credit: @sahartabar__officialx/Instagram

‘Zombie’ Angelina Jolie was jailed over her selfies. 

Sahar Tabar, 21, whose real name is Fatemeh Khishvand, from Tehran, Iran, went viral after posting a series of selfies of her eery-looking face.

Many claimed she looked like a ‘zombified’ Angelina Jolie, which saw her gain nearly 500,000 social media followers.

But in 2019, Tabar was arrested in Iran – along with three other female Instagram influencers – and subsequently was sentenced to a decade in jail.

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Initially perceived by many as a joke or social commentary, Sahar’s situation took a serious turn.

According to Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad, Tabar’s lawyer confirmed that she had recently been sentenced to 10 years in prison for ‘promoting public corruption’.

Alinejad took to Twitter to share the news, pleading for support: “10 years jail for Iranian Instagramer who used make-up and Photoshop to become a zombie Angelina Jolie.

“Sahar Tabar is only 19. Her joke landed her in jail.

“Her mother cries every day to get her innocent daughter freed. Dear Angelina Jolie! We need your voice here. Help us.”

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Initially, Tabar faced charges of blasphemy, inciting violence, gaining income through inappropriate means, and corrupting youth, as reported by the Tasnim news agency.

She was detained by Tehran’s guidance court, responsible for addressing ‘cultural crimes and social and moral corruption’.

At the time, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting Channel 3 (IRIB TV3) stated that Tabar could only face a sentence ranging from three months to two years in prison.

Despite her decade-long sentence, Tabar was recently released after just 14 months, as reported by activist Alinejad.

'Zombie' Angelina Jolie, Sahar Tabar.
‘Zombie’ Angelina Jolie was jailed over her selfies. Credit: @sahartabar__officialx

Tabar shot to fame in 2017 after it was alleged she had undergone surgery to resemble Oscar-winning actress Jolie.

However, she later revealed that her appearance was primarily the result of makeup and editing, as she appeared on a pre-trial television interview with a blurred-out face, depicting herself as a ‘zombie’.

In the interview, Tabar clarified that her Instagram pictures were heavily edited in Photoshop and did not accurately represent her real face.

Tabar acknowledged her childhood dream of fame and admitted to undergoing some surgical procedures such as a nose job, lip fillers, and liposuction.

However, she emphasised that her distinctive appearance was largely achieved through makeup and editing, describing it as a form of self-expression and art.

Sahar Tabar
This is Sahar Tabar’s real face. Credit: Rokna via YouTube

While Sahar persisted in building her Instagram despite her mother’s objections, she clarified that she never intended to imitate Jolie or the character the Corpse Bride.

She considered herself a muse and believed that being remembered by others was not her ultimate goal.

In July 2019, Sahar unveiled her pre-surgery appearance through side-by-side photos, demonstrating the difference between her real self and her transformed image.

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Some of the pictures showed her wearing a loosely fitting hijab and a bandage on her nose, common sights in Tehran.

Cosmetic surgery is popular in Iran, with a significant number of procedures taking place annually.

Instagram remains the primary social media platform accessible in the country, as Facebook, Twitter, and the Telegram messenger service are officially banned.

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