This is how ‘Zombie Angelina’ looks like now
An Iranian teen who became known as "Zombie Angelina Jolie" has been released on bail after she was sentenced to 10 years behind bars for sharing creepy images online.
Sahar Tabar, 19, was jailed for a string of charges including the corruption of young people and disrespect for the hard line Islamic Republic.
However, the Iranian state appears to have performed a dramatic U-turn, broadcasting her release from jail on TV on Thursday, The Sun reports.
Her lawyer Saied Dehgan told The Sun she has been freed on bail after serving around 15 months jail time.
Appearing in a video with her family on Rokna.net, Tabar - real name Fatemeh Khishvand - revealed her Instagram pictures were a sham.
She originally claimed to have had around 40 surgical procedures in order to achieve the striking look she created for social media.
But she later backtracked in an apology, saying she had used a mix of Photoshop and make-up as a "joke".
In her defence, Mr Dehgan said: "Fatemeh Khishvand is a genius teenager who knows how to utilise social media for her own purposes."
But he claims "Sahar Tabar" is a character and mixture of photoshop, make-up and editing.
She became known on social media after sharing distorted pictures of herself in which she looked like a bizarre version of the Hollywood star.
She quickly gained an Instagram following but was arrested last year
Tabar also denied reports that she had carried out surgery to look like Jolie.
The 19-year-old said: "This is Photoshop and makeup. Every time I publish a photo, I paint my face in an increasingly funny way.
"It is a way of expressing yourself, a kind of art. My fans know that this is not my real face.
"I did not even think about being like Jolie. Also, I did not want to resemble the cartoon character the Corpse Bride."
In April this year, she begged for freedom after contracting coronavirus, but the US-based Centre for Human Rights in Iran said that a request for bail was denied by a judge.
Following her arrest last year, Tabar was interviewed by the state and expressed regret over the posts, though many felt she had been coerced into the appearance.
She said: "My mother was telling me to stop, but I didn't listen. Sometimes the words of a stranger or a friend can be more important than those of a parent."
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission
Originally published as What 'Zombie Angelina' looks like now