Iranian ‘Zombie Angelina Jolie’ is freed on bail just days after being sentenced to 10 years in jail for ‘obscenity’




Iranian Instagram star, Sahar Tabar, also known as ‘Zombie Angelina Jolie’ has been released on bail after she was jailed by the Iranian government last week for 10 years.

According to the Iranian government, she was jailed for ‘obscenity and  insulting the hijab’, according to the Iran Human Rights News Agency.


Tabar was nicknamed Zombie Angelina Jolie due to her heavily-doctored photos of herself which resemble US actress Angelina Jolie.

However, reports emanating from Iran on Thursday, December 17 says she was freed on bail since Sunday after ‘massive media pressure’ was put on Tehran.

Originally from Tehran, Sahar Tabar, 19, whose real name is Fatemeh Khishvand, was slammed with the following charges:- Blasphemy, inciting violence, gaining income through inappropriate means and encouraging youths to corruption, Tasnim news agency reported at the time.

Announcing Tabar’s jail sentence last week, Masih Alinejad wrote online: ‘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.’

Ms Alinejad also called on Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie to petition for Tabar’s release in a video, adding ‘Islamic Republic has a history of tormenting women. We need to be united against this gender apartheid.’

The social media star shot to fame in 2017 after she reportedly had 50 surgeries to make her look like the Oscar-winning actress Ms Jolie.

She later confirmed her look was mostly was achieved through make-up and editing in a pre-trial television interview in which appeared as a ‘zombie’, with her face mostly blurred out.

Tabar also said that it had been her childhood dream to become famous, and that she had persisted with her efforts to build her Instagram following despite her mother’s objections to her dream.

She performed a nose job surgery, had lip fillers and liposuction but before taking photos she always does heavy make-up and editing.

She said: ‘This is Photoshop and makeup. 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 added: ‘I did not even think about being like Jolie. Also, I did not want to resemble the cartoon character the Corpse Bride.

‘Now I understand that I have something to do with them, but I am a muse myself and remembering someone is not an end in itself.’


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