Iran cracks down on models posing without headscarves online
Authorities arrested eight people out of some 170 people identified as being involved in modeling on social networks
Iranian authorities have announced a new crackdown on models who post images of themselves online without their hair covered.
State television reported Monday that officials particularly targeted the picture-sharing application Instagram as part of an operation it called Spider II.
It said authorities arrested eight people out of some 170 people identified as being involved in modeling on social networks including 58 models, 59 photographers and makeup artists.
Instagram, owned by Facebook, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In recent years, Iranian women in Tehran especially have increasingly worn the mandatory scarf loosely on their head, drawing the ire of conservatives in the Islamic Republic amid a larger struggle over the country's future.
Reports: Iran bans fashion show organizer over flag designsViolet, an Iranian modeling agency, was banned after a fashion show Life
Lebanon’s Myriam Klink shoots racy pro-Iran photosLebanese model-turned-singer Myriam Klink stirs controversy after apparently posing nude behind an Iranian flag to mark the World Cup Variety
Iranians insult Lionel Messi, Brazilian model on FacebookIran’s football federation also expressed regret, as did several Iranian national players Sports
‘Too sexy’ for Ayatollah? Iranian councilor banned for ‘model’ looksDespite promises made by Iran’s new President, Hassan Rowhani, that women’s civil rights will improve under his government, a city ... Variety