(TFC) – Deep inside the borders of every country, voices cry to be heard and people strive to live freely. Their entire lives have been influenced by the government and society around them. From the moment of birth, the government…
Eight people working in Iran’s fashion industry have been arrested and formally charged in an industry wide crackdown led by the Revolutionary Guards. Cases have also been opened on another 29 people, and most of the 170 fashion industry workers who have been targeted during the past six months have also been interrogated, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.
“This kind of stifling and intimidation will only deprive Iranians of the cultural and artistic vitality that is rightfully theirs and further alienate the country’s youth,” said Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.
“The Revolutionary Guards’ assault on Iran’s fashion industry testifies to the fear of hardliners who try to control every aspect of people’s lives and squash any visible challenge to their narrow world view,” said Ghaemi.
They don’t say “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” for nothing. What’s considered beautiful is in most cases subjective. It varies across cultures and is deeply influenced by traditions and gender norms.
In India, ask about the definition of “traditional feminine beauty” and you’ll receive a plethora of opinions and judgements. India opened up its economy to international businesses in the 1990s, and since then Western tastes have had a powerful influence on fashion. Many women of the younger generation challenge traditional Indian beauty standards with their preference for jeans over the salwar kameez and hairstyles that aren’t long and oiled curls — something that isn’t always welcome in a conservative society.