Despite the almost 30-year-old law requiring women to wear a headscarf and shapeless coat, Iranian women are frequently found in spas, salons, and even plastic surgeons’ offices. What little bit of body is shown often reveals tanned skin, French-manicured nails, newly firmed eyelids and smoothed-out wrinkles. Regardless of income, the women exercise their increasing but still insufficient independence by flocking to specialists for injectables and surgery.
One housewife, unwilling to give her full name to reporters, amassed thousands of dollars by selling her car so she could treat herself to a nose job. “It gives me confidence to have a nice face because it is the only part that I can show off,” she told Reuters.
What’s even more surprising is what’s happening under Iran’s compulsory concealment.
“I do at least two breast surgeries per day,” one unnamed surgeon told Reuters. Many Iranian women site wanting to please their husbands, whom they might share with several other women (a practice permitted by Islamic law).
In addition to breast implants, other hidden enhancements include liposuction, tummy tucks and even Hollywood-inspired hair extensions. After lengthening the locks that so few will ever see, one 25-year-old woman told Reuters, “I look like Angelina Jolie now.”
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