Iranian authorities have arrested eight models for posing for fashion photos online without wearing hijabs in a crackdown against women posing nude.
According to Khabar Online news website, at least 8 female models were arrested after posting half nude photos on Instagram.
The state media’s television report included footage of model Elham Arab, known for her portraits in wedding dresses, speaking before Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi in a conference room, her blonde hair hidden under a black chador.
“All people love beauty and fame,” Arab said. “They would like to be seen, but it is important to know what price they will pay to be seen.”
The report did not say what charges Arab faced, nor did it identify the other seven people arrested. It said police identified about 170 people in the operation through social media activity as being involved in modeling, including 58 models, 59 photographers and make-up artists.
It said those targeted saw their businesses shut down, as well as their pages on Instagram and Facebook removed.
“We must fight with enemy’s actions in this area,” Dowlatabadi was quoted by the state-owned IRAN newspaper as saying. “Of course our actions in this area will continue.”
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