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Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti (L), Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (C) and Iranian actor Shahab Hosseini are seen during press conferenc in Tehran on May 30, 2016.


Mystery feminist tattoo on Taraneh Alidoosti, “the Natalie Portman of Iran,” causes uproar

By WITW Staff on May 31, 2016

Is there a tattoo of the “woman power” symbol inked on actress Taraneh Alidoosti’s arm? Iranian social media is abuzz after a photo snapped at a press conference seemed to show a bold feminist fist sticking out from under the sleeve of her dress.

Alidoosti is a popular actress, known as the Natalie Portman of Iran. She and the cast of The Salesman, were in Tehran promoting the movie, which took two awards at the Cannes Film Festival.

Despite the term feminist often being used by Iranian hard-liners in a negative way, Alidoosti took to Twitter to identify herself as one, but did not comment on the existence of a tattoo.

Critics were quick to criticize her for the apparent display, saying it means she is against the family and supports abortion rights. Fans were equally quick to defend her. Alidoosti is married and has a daughter.

Read the full story and see the photo at The New York Times.


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