An Iranian woman who shocked the internet by trying to look like actor Angelina Jolie has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to her lawyers in Iran.
Sahar Tabar, real name Fatemeh Khishvand, was convicted last week of bribing young people and disrespecting the Islamic Republic, according to The Guardian and BBC News Persian. She will spend next 10 years in prison, says Iranian journalist and activist Always Alinejad.
“Her joke took her to jail,” Alinejad tweeted on Friday. She also called on Jolie to intervene on behalf of Tabar.
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Tabar captured viral fame in 2017 with photos that depicted her as a zombified version of Jolie. The images were initially believed to be the result of extreme plastic surgery, although she later explained that she produced the effect through makeup and photo editing software.
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The photos made Tabar an overseas internet star and a target at home, where she was eventually arrested under strict Iranian public decency laws in late 2019.
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Tabar confessed to her alleged crimes on Iranian state television last October, then pleaded for her release in the spring, when she claimed to have the coronavirus.
Various reports suggest she is between 19 and 23 years old.
Her Instagram page was deleted in 2019.
Iran has banned several of the country’s major social networks, including Facebook and Twitter.
Tabar hopes to appeal his conviction.
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