100 Years of Women’s Beauty and Look in Iran
The head covering at the beginning of the video represents a conservative Iran whose majority population is Muslim and women were free to choose whether they wore it or not. In 1936 (if I remember rightly) the Shah Reza Pahlavi enforced a mandatory ban on head coverings meant to reflect the freedoms that western women have but actually forced lower class women who had never known life without being covered up to feel as if they weren’t able to go outside anymore. However, upper class, educated, feminist women were embracing the change and there was a shift in thinking that a woman who was covered up was suspicious and tempting while a woman who was revealed was showing her chastity. Over time the ban while still in legislature became less policed (women at one point were having their head coverings ripped off in the street). Then in 1979 the Islamic Revolution happened which overthrew the Shah (the son of the previous Shah I mentioned earlier) and enforced a mandatory wearing of head coverings. The reason that the head covering become more revealing towards the end of the video is because women while finding a way to fight for their rights within a dictatorship dressed up like a democracy are finding ways to push the boundaries.