Iran's Prominent Celebrity Stripped Her Clothes Off On Instagram To Support 'Women, Life, Freedom'


It was the Islamic Revolution of Iran in 1979 that brought huge changes to what was known as Persia.

One of the biggest changes, is the law that govern how women should dress. In the old Shah, hijab and headscarves were forbidden. After the revolution, the new Islamic authorities imposed a mandatory dress code that required all women to wear the hijab.

Since then, women are required to cover their heads when going to public places, and should never reveal or leave their bare skin uncovered, aside from the face and hands. While Iranians know their rights and what the laws are, a more recent crackdowns of officials and businesses on women who fail to wear hijab literally angered the women in the country.

As a result, Iranian women protested, and also take things to the streets to protest the hijab laws altogether, defying the government’s forced dress code, by walking to public places without wearing any head covering.

But Elnaaz Norouzi, the Iran-born Iranian-German actress, she took it one big step further.

And that is by stripping her clothes for the world to see.

Elnaaz Norouzi

In a campaign called "My Body, My Choice," which is a feminist slogan used in several countries, most often surrounding issues of bodily autonomy and abortion, the 1992-born celebrity starts the video by showing a full-body frontal view of her using a common Islamic attire women in Iran use.

The black attire covers her entire body, up from her face, in which she covered it with a niqaab. The long black attire covered her entire body, down to her feet.

Bare foot, only a glimpse of her jeans is seen.

Then, in the video she posted to her Instagram account, she began undressing the garment she had on her, one by one.

She starts by removing her hijab, and free her hair. Then, she unbuttons and disrobes her most outer clothes, before moving inward.

Layers upon layers of clothing, she removes them all.

All of her clothes are removed until only her skin-colored underwear is left.

Elnaaz Norouzi, who is known for starring in popular the Indian web series Sacred Games, has joined the massive ongoing anti-hijab protests back in her country, her own way.

Through the video, Elnaaz, who was born in Tehran, showed her support for the massive protests led by women swept across Iran after a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, named Mahsa Amini, died in Tehran on September 16, after she was detained by the country’s morality police over her "inappropriate attire."

Her support for Mahsa Amini was shown at the end of the video, where she mentioned the "Women, Life, Freedom" campaign, which is a political Kurdish slogan used in both the Kurdish independence and democratic confederalist movements.

The slogan she placed to superimpose her nearly naked body, has been used extensively by protestors in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini, as well as globally in both the original Kurdish form as well as in Persian language, and also French.

In the caption of the video, she said:

"Every Woman, anywhere in the world, regardless of where she is from, should have the right to wear whatever she desires and when or wherever she desires to wear it. No man nor any other woman has the right to judge her or ask her to dress otherwise."

"Everyone has different views and beliefs and they have to be respected. Democracy means the power to decide… Every woman should have the power to decide over her own body!"

"I am not promoting nudity, I am promoting freedom of choice!"

To the protestors and the anti-hijab supporters in particular, the video is considered a powerful campaign in the damning protest against Iranian regime’s authoritarian clothing rules.

Before this, the actress-model also opened up about violent protests in Iran.

She said that:

"It is very important for us to talk about what is happening in the country because it is human rights violations... They have cut off the internet so that people cannot communicate with the people outside."

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