Iranian Models Apparently Want to Look Like Porn Stars

Models in New York, London, Milan, and Paris are often criticized for their pre-pubescent looks. In Iran, those girls mightn’t have a chance, with the look du jour apparently being the “porn star” one. According, at least, to The Guardian and one veteran Tehran fashion photographer “BK.”

The Guardian reports that girls seeking to enter Iran’s increasingly lucrative modeling industry are altering their looks to look like those of an adult film star. What’s apparently en vogue are nose jobs, what’s out are genetics. Plastic surgery has become the norm and even a marker of status among Iran’s middle and upper classes, with the country a world leader in nose job rates. Cheekbone and lip enhancements are also popular.

The “trend” is despite the fact that models not in hijab are legally banned from appearing in magazines or on catwalks. Twitter and Facebook are also censored, though Instagram remains out of the peripheral vision of the authorities — or, at least, they turn a blind eye to it. Tehran Brides and design house Dohe Couture are both named by the Guardian, their apparent favorite face indeed bearing more resemblance to Mary Cherry of Popular than an actual Iranian. Since there aren’t a plethora of runway shows in Iran, the fashion scene is much more about photo shoots — hence many models preferring to work exclusively underground. Though the risk of becoming too familiar is also an obvious concern.

Those going the hijab route include “Mahya” and “Sonia”, who both deny having cosmetic surgery to alter their looks. Though they also both agree that female models with less traditionally Iranian features are more popular.

[The Guardian]

Related links:
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