One of the revelations on visiting Iran is the beauty practices of the women. With cloaking the body and covering the crowning glory in public mandatory the female face gains great significance in the looking- beautiful stakes. Immaculately groomed, tattooed eyebrows and tattooed liplines are de rigeur. But the most noticeable enhancement is rhinoplasty – the nose job.
Apparently Iran has one of the highest rates of nose jobs per capita in the world. One figure has it at four times the number of those in the rhinoplasty capital of the world, America. So trendy are nose jobs that it’s commonplace to see women, hijab-framed faces sporting designer sunnies, with a bandaged nose as part of their fashion statement. I read that some women kept the plasters in place long after necessary to prolong the fashion kudos.
Iran fashion statement.
Behind this penchant for proboscis perfection is a fascination with Western ideals of beauty. The regally arched Iranian nose does not fit the ideal. One of our tour companions was blessed with a pert, upturned nose that our guide said Iranian girls would spend big money to have. Another explanation given was that the strictures of dress codes have given style-conscious Iranian women little scope to manoeuvre in displaying their beauty.
The everyday nature of cosmetic surgery is highlighted in an Iranian movie currently being screened in Australia, A Girl Walked Home Alone at Night. A scene in the very- out-there production, described as the first Iranian vampire western, and directed by a woman, Ana Lily Amirpour, features a young woman from an obviously well-to-do family sporting the tell-tale nose plasters.
Cosmetic surgery is just one of the revelations in the appearance game in Iran. Others include the very loose interpretation given by some women to covering the hair and dressing modestly. And we came across some interesting store dummies.
Making a statement.
Mmm…do I look fat in this?
What the well dressed Master Shrek and friend are wearing.
Decisions! Decisions! Which chador to choose?