An Iranian bodybuilder has been arrested, after posting selfies of her muscles on social media which were deemed to be ‘nude’ by the strict Islamic Republic.
In Iran the term ‘nude’ refers to women not wearing a headscarf, showing any flesh above wrists, ankles and a ‘morality police’ also insist ladies do not wearing tight-fitting clothes.
The woman, who has not been identified it is thought to be Shirin Nobahari, one of two women who took part in an international competition and were reported in September to have been warned about selfies which they posted afterwards.
Ms. Nobahari’s Instagram account contains a number of photographs and videos of her showing off her biceps and lifting weights.
With 68,000 Instagram followers, Nobahari (who uses the Instagram moniker Shirin Muscleking) is considered a social media star in the middle eastern republic. Bodybuilding is popular in Iran but few of those taking part are women
The Iranian judiciary’s own news agency said today: ‘One of the female bodybuilders who recently published nude photographs on social networks has been arrested.’
Unable to post bail of 2 million rials, or about $62,000, The woman was sent to the slammer.
While Iranian women are allowed to take part in international sporting events, they must respect strict Islamic dress code at all times.