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by GOLAB P. in Tehran

24 Jan 2010 22:224 Comments
hediyehtehrani.jpg[ trends ] Vogue-style fashion magazines have been cropping up in Tehran over the past two years, and particularly visible this year.

Rouyesh (Growth) and Zendeghiyeh Edehaal (Ideal Lifestyle) are the best known in the genre. They are published on glossy paper, chock-full of fashion advice and carry a 2,000 toman (USD $2) price tag.

Yes, more irony for the Islamic Republic.

Sadly for us, Rouyesh is run by a really good journalist who used to work for Shahrvand-e Emrooz. But there's big money and little harassment in fashion these days.

Ski outfits appear to be the magazine cover of choice this winter -- perhaps there's no better way to step out of the hejab and cover up in more seasonal fashion.

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That's a socially healthy sign.

I used to be active in recreational-sport journalism for many years here in the US. It was a rewarding endeavor with many perks. I look back fondly on those years.

Pirouz / January 25, 2010 7:33 AM

Sadly for each healthy sign, there are 10.000 unhealthy signs.

Heidar / January 25, 2010 11:57 AM

There is absolutely no irony of being fashionable and 'Islamic'. In fact the few day old stubble is considered de rigeur even in Western fashion mags. And as for Hijab, it is fast becoming a fashion symbol in many European capitals in many differet colours. There is even a 'burkini' swimsuit for women who want a bit of modesty whilst swimming. All healthy and positive stuff. Nothing contradictory with being Muslim, modern and progressive without having to blindly ape everything Western.

rezvan / January 25, 2010 7:34 PM

rezvan, the irony is not in that there are any contradictions with being "Muslim, modern and progressive" as you write.

The irony is that in a system as traditional and archaic as this one, they let you publish a fashion magazine and give makeup advice, but commenting on politics gets you in jail or at least out of work! To a point where a political commentator has to turn to writing for a fashion magazine.

Golab P. / January 26, 2010 12:56 AM