Last year Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – having already threatened the Iranian people with military action over the country’s uranium enrichment programme – sought to appeal to them directly via an interview on BBC Persia. However the end result was not the desired national dialogue on Iran’s nuclear capabilities, or the existential threat these posed to the Jewish state, but derision over Netanyahu’s uneducated view of Iranian society – particularly by its ever-growing liberal youth demographic.
The Israeli politicians words would likely carry more weight with the outside world if they were in any way based in reality, but comments like:
“I think if the Iranian people had freedom, they would wear jeans, listen to Western music, and have free elections”
only serve to show that all his statements on the Islamic Republic should be taken with a pinch of salt. Contrary to popular assumptions, Persian women are not forced to dress head-to-toe in black cloth. While the law dictates that they must cover their hair, Iranian women are among the most stylish in the world, and are constantly finding new ways to push the boundaries of the state’s oppressive dress codes. These include the current leggings craze, which have caused outrage in Iran’s parliament, and would be considered an immodest outfit choice by many women in the UK.
Here are some images of Iranian street style, more of which can be found on the Tehran Times
‘Iran Parliament Up in Arms Over Leggings’: