Kim Kardashian, the American TV reality star, has recently been dubbed as a secret agent by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).  She is alleged to have corrupted the minds of the Iranian youth.

Kim, 35, has made many international headlines in recent years mainly due to her saucy selfies on social media.  These photographs may have brought the star in the media spotlight, but there are some negative aspects to this burgeoning fame.

An article published in IranWire states that the IRGC condemns Kim’s social media posts as these are affecting younger minds in a bad way. IRGC is a wing of Iran’s armed forces that focuses on internal and external threats, such as managing Iran’s ballistic missile arsenal.  The rest of the claims in the article are quite dramatic, especially since they are reportedly from the Revolutionary Guard.

The original claims are collated on a real agency report titled “Kim Kardashian, The Infiltrator”.
IranWire states that the IRGC believes that Kardashian’s presence in media, particularly on Instagram, is an intentional attempt  to corrupt the Iranian youth . They say she has a “hidden hand” in promoting “fashion modelling in Iran” and that she is working with the CEO of Instagram, Kevin Systrom.  “Ms. Kim Kardashian is a popular fashion model so Instagram’s CEO tells her, ‘make this native,’” said Mostafa Alizadeh, spokesman for the Organized Cyberspace Crimes Unit in a news program on May 15. He continued, “There is no doubt that financial support is involved as well. We are taking this very seriously,” REFINERY29  reports through IranWire.

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As a matter of fact, after the explicit self-clicked images of Kim on social media started to make news,  actual women were put on trial in Iran because of their interest in beauty, fashion and modeling on their social media pages, reveals another article on IranWire. Captioned as “new criminals” of Iran — fashion models, the article highlights how these Irani women have had their Instagram pages shut down, been arrested and even fled the country, all because of their careers as makeup artists or beauticians.The BBC learned that eight unknown women have recently been arrested due to “un-Islamic Instagram modeling.” Another 170 are under investigation.

In this era of women liberation, how justified are such rigid measures?

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