Kim Kardashian West, who is currently under investigation by Iranian officials, is just one of many targets accused of engaging in a secr...
Instagram Models Arrested in Iran for Emulating Kim Kardashian
The governmental organization, which is tasked with protecting the country’s Islamic system and preventing foreign interference, has accused the reality star of collaborating with Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom to encourage modeling throughout the country. And of those individuals who have actually emulated Kardashian West, posing on social media without head scarves and in immodest dresses and makeup, more than 100 have either been detained or questioned. Under the country’s strict Islamic law, women have had to keep their hair covered in public since 1979.
The surveillance project, also known as Spider II, has reportedly identified 58 models, 51 fashion clothing designers, 59 photographers and makeup artists, and two fashion institutes of interest through the cybercrime unit, resulting in 29 criminal cases and multiple businesses being shuttered. Mostafa Alizadeh, a spokesman for the Iranian Centre for Surveying and Combating Organized Cybercrimes, the department in charge of the ongoing inquiry, said that “sterilizing popular cyberspaces” is part of the agenda.
Elham Arab, a top model known for her bottle blond hair and wedding photo shoots on social media, was charged with “promoting western promiscuity.” She appeared in front of a Tehran prosecutor this week, with her hair colored brown and hidden underneath a black chador, apologizing her actions. “All people love beauty and fame. They would like to be seen, but it is important to know what price they will pay to be seen,” she said in a statement aired on national television.