Iran Arrests 8 Models for ‘Un-Islamic Act’ of Not Wearing Headscarves in Online Photos

By Jonathan Zhou, Epoch Times
May 17, 2016 4:09 pm Last Updated: May 17, 2016 4:11 pm

A leading Iranian model had to publicly criticize herself for “promoting western promiscuity” by posting pictures of herself without a headscarf on social media, and was among the eight models arrested for the offense. 

Elham Arab was questioned before the Iranian Revolutionary Court on camera and admitted that what she did was a “mistake.” 

“I think all humans are interested in admiring beauty and becoming famous,” she said, according to the Telegraph. “But they must first consider at what cost and what they will lose in return. For an Iranian film star they may not lose much but for a model she will certainly lose her hijab and honour.”

As part of the “Spider 2” sting operation that was a part of a larger crackdown on the fashion industry, 7 other models have been arrested for “promoting corruption” and promoting “un-Islamic culture”—Melikaa Zamani, Niloofar Behboudi, Donya Moghadam, Dana Nik, Shabnam Molavi, Elnaz Golrokh and Hamid Fadaei.

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“The purpose of Operation Spider 2, which was launched two years ago, is to monitor the use of social media by the Western imperialist powers to change the Iranian-Islamic life-style of our nation,” said Javad Babay, head of the cyber-crimes court. 

Golrokh, who also works as a makeup artist, has left the country and is now based in Dubai. 

“Unfortunately for the moment I will not be active in Iran, but I will continue my work outside Iran,” Golrokh said. “Thanks for your support and your positive energy. I love you.”