Too Sexy to Serve

The new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed to improve the rights of women in the Islamic Republic, but one female politician isn’t feeling the change. Twenty-seven-year-old Nina Siakhali Moradi was disqualified from serving on the city council to which she was elected because religious conservatives deemed her to be “too sexy” and not in line with Islamic norms, reports the Times of London. Moradi, who has been described as an engineer, a website designer and a graduate architecture student, placed 14th out of 163 candidates after receiving 10,000 votes in city council elections in Qazvin, a city 100 miles from Tehran that was the ancient capital of the Persian Empire. A senior Qazvin official told the Times: “We don’t want a catwalk model on the council.”

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