The great-granddaughter of Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini, the leader of the 1979 Iranian revolution, created quite a stir recently after it was discovered that her mother apparently photoshopped out her tight-fitting pants on her Facebook page, according to the blog site Iran Wire.
Subscribers to Naeimeh Eshraghi's Facebook page, the granddaughter of the Ayatollah, noticed the alteration when Eshraghi recently posted a picture of her daughter receiving an award. Iran Wire's Reza Haghighat Nejad says some are speculating she had her daughter's photo altered because the "skinny" jeans or pants she was wearing were too scandalous under Iran's strict religious culture.
Naima Taheri, the daughter with the tight pants, was accepting an award at her university in Canada when the picture was taken, according to Iran Wire, the blog that first reported the story.
The photo of Taheri appears to have been altered so as to make it look like the young woman was wearing a black skirt over her pants. Her shoes aren't visible either.
Naima Taheri, great-granddaughter of the Ayatollah Khomeini, accepting an award at her university in Canada. The photo appears to be have been altered from the original photo to cover up her black skinny jeans. The photo first appeared on her family's Facebook page and was reposted on blog IranWire.
In a different picture showing the young woman at the event, she is not wearing the skirt and her black platform heels are visible:
This is the unaltered photo of Naima Taheri, the great-granddaughter of the Ayatollah Khomeini. The photo was posted by the blog Iranwire.
Here's a side-by-side comparison:
"Subscribers to the page spotted the alteration and responded with a mix of opinions that were later deleted. Some have speculated Eshragi resorted to photoshopping her daughter's trendy outfit to avert attacks from conservative media," blog author Haghighat Nejad wrote.
"As with many of Khomeini’s close relatives, Eshraghi has endured a torrent of attacks by hardliners," Nejad added. "Controversy has often surrounded her activity on Facebook, as well as her views on a number of issues including the mandatory wearing of hijab. Expanding on the view she relates on her Facebook page, Eshraghi told Asr-e Iran, 'I'm against censorship of any kind. In my view, banning the use of anything that we have banned is not a solution. It is not even a remedy.'"