Instagram star nicknamed 'zombie Angelina Jolie' said surgery, photo-editing helped with transformation

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It was a wild metamorphosis.

Iranian social media star Sahar Tabar was sentenced to a decade in prison Saturday over various social media activities, the most famous of which saw her distorting her face to resemble a zombified Angelina Jolie. She shared pics of the stunning transformation on her now-deactivated Instagram account.

The harrowing saga began in 2017 after Sahar Tabar, 19, whose real name is Fatemeh Khishvand, claimed she’d underwent “50 surgeries” to resemble her favorite Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie. The so-called “zombie Angelina Jolie” quickly amassed 500,000 Instagram followers over her impossibly disfigured appearance.

The young woman admitted to using makeup and editing to distort her appearance, making her face look severely gaunt. (Sabar Tahar)

However, fans soon suspected that the teen’s new look was the result of extensive makeup, prosthetics and digital doctoring — with many users pointing to her warped image backgrounds as proof.

Tabar later confirmed their suspicions in an Instagram post that read: “People are probably living in the 18th century and they haven’t seen or heard of technology or make-up and they are really surprised.”


The Photoshop wizard also shared two photos of herself: one completely unaltered with just a smidge of makeup and the other showcasing the fairly normal-looking teen’s dramatic transformation into a severely gaunt Angelina Jolie facsimile.

While digital trickery was involved, the dedicated doppelganger also admitted to receiving a nose job, enlarged mouth and liposuction. Tabar also only weighed around 85 pounds at the time of the stunt, the Sun reported.

While digital trickery was involved, the dedicated doppelganger also admitted to receiving a nose job, enlarged mouth and liposuction.
(Sahar Tabar)

Unfortunately, Tabar’s online activities have caused her to be charged with corruption of young people and disrespect for the Islamic republic. The sentence comes a year after she was booked over blasphemy and inciting violence, charges of which she’s since been cleared. Tabar’s attorneys tried to get her freed after she contracted COVID-19 while in jail.


Meanwhile, Iranian journalist and activist Masih Alinejad even appealed to Jolie herself, imploring the humanitarian activist to help Tabar.

“Islamic Republic has a history of tormenting women,” she said. “We need to be united against this gender apartheid.”

This article originally appeared in The New York Post.

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