If you aren’t familiar with the story of Sahar Tabar, a teenager from Iran who has allegedly undergone 50 surgical operations in an attempt to imitate her idol, Angelina Jolie, then it is safe to assume that you’ve been living under a rock for the past week.
Firstly, in the modern age of entertainment and social media, it’s not uncommon for many people to imitate and attempt to replicate their favorite celebrities. And who wouldn’t want to look like Jolie? Just take a moment to be floored by her beauty:
But it’s safe to say that Tabar’s cosmetically enhanced appearance has divided opinions around the world. There were those who were repulsed by the warped face of the 19-year-old, and those who didn’t see any harm in the teen indulging in whatever surgeries she fancied. In light of all the discussion surrounding her personal choices, Tabar has finally spoken out. Addressing her 450,000 followers on her Instagram account, which she has since made private, Tabar declared that she wasn’t happy with the media scrutiny of her appearance, appearing to suggest that her extreme look isn’t all that it appears to be. The teen, who seems perplexed by the attention she has received, is yet to make it clear if her peculiar features are the result of surgery or prosthetic makeup after it was suggested that her dramatic look was crafted with the help of cosmetics rather than a scalpel. However, she firmly stated that she is not interested in the media attention that her quirky appearance has garnered her. But many people are struggling to believe the teen’s claim because she allegedly wants to copy her idol, Angelina Jolie, who is arguably one of the most famous women on the planet. In an open discussion with her followers, many of whom had followed her after her story went viral, Tabar announced, “Hello relatively dear followers, the picture that you’re scrutinizing, even though I didn’t like it, I kept it in…”
“I must say I [did not have 50] surgeries, and foreign sites and channels were very biased in the way they talked about my photos. I thought these people are probably living in the 18th century and they haven’t seen or heard of technology or makeup and they are really surprised.” Many believe that her reference to “technology or makeup” suggests that Tabar’s look really is fake. Although others believe that this could simply be a translation confusion and that Tabar is actually referring to surgery. In addition to this, the Iranian teen went on to say that those who had criticized her were displaying “a show of jealousy and flames.” Either Tabar’s outburst against her critics is a genuine display of rage against those who have made cruel comments towards her appearance, or a clever way to keep her story relevant – which may suggest that her real inspiration is the Kardashian clan and not the usually private Jolie. Her extreme look not only attracted the attention of haters, but also surgeons who were alarmed by her appearance and concerned about her health. “This woman needs hospitalization, a feeding tube to increase protein intake and major intensive psychiatric therapy or she may die of starvation,” said celebrity plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Salzhauer, referencing her dangerously thin frame. Others questioned her wax-like skin and peculiarly pinched nose, which are both dangerously unhealthy. However, there seemed to be less discussion among surgeons regarding Tabar’s controversial appearance, and more conversation on the surgeon who is responsible for creating her horrifying look. Were they even qualified? Had they ever performed a cosmetic procedure before? It would appear not. “[The] plastic surgeons who did this should be skinned alive,” wrote one outraged user online. “Doesn’t matter if she asked for it, should’ve redirected her to a psychiatrist. This is madness.” According to the Hippocratic oath, surgeons have to be considerate of their patient’s health, meaning that they must reject any surgical procedures they do not deem appropriate. The US National Library of Medicine penned an article in 2010 that underlined this message:
“Consultant aesthetic surgeons may decline to operate on patients if they do not believe that the surgery is in the patients’ best interests. Aesthetic surgeons should be reluctant to operate on those with unrealistic expectations, as the risks of surgery may outweigh any benefits.”
Tabar wouldn’t be the first person desperate to look like the Academy Award-winning Jolie. The brunette beauty has had her fair share of imitators, and who can blame them? After all, they do say that imitation is the highest form of flattery. Although we are not too sure the Mr. & Mrs. Smith star will feel that way if she ever sees what Tabar looks like! However, it’s safe to say that this imitator did a better job that Tabar: