People Are Questioning The Ethics Of Iranian Teen's 'Angelina Jolie' Surgery

The world couldn't believe their eyes when they saw photos belonging to an Iranian teenager, who has worked incredibly hard to look like her idol Angelina Jolie. Look, everyone has goals and aspirations, but it seemed as though NO ONE had time for Sahar Tabar's dream.

Some of the less horrific comments compared the 19-year-old more to a Walking Dead extra, the title character in Tim Burton's Corpse Bride or even as Yzma from The Emperor's New Groove, rather than the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider star.

The teen has reportedly gone under the knife dozens of times and dropped to a concerningly low weight in order to resemble the actor's instantly recognisable look.

But this is the age of the Internet, and there have been some accusations that the Iranian woman has just craftily used a combination of make-up, prosthetics and her photoshop skills to produce these photos. She has posted a video of her looking more natural - however it's unclear if this was taken before her transformation.

While everyone puzzles over whether Sahar achieved this look through cosmetic surgery, Facebook users have called into question the ethics of doctors who would carry out such procedures. Hundreds of comments highlighted this area of concern, with Jadey writing: "What doctor would do that to a young girl?? They should be ashamed!"

Sarah added: "The doctors should be struck off, she's dangerously underweight. Chances are she has body dysmorphia and shouldn't be operated on."

Meanwhile Vaida said: "Plastic surgeons who did this should be skinned alive. Doesn't matter if she asked for it, should've redirected her to a psychiatrist. This is madness."

Sahar's story brings to the forefront the ethics surrounding dramatic, cosmetic transformations. Sure, there are people all around the world looking to get different body parts modified, sucked out or blown up - but there's a line where doctors have to tell the patient 'no'.

A 2010 article in the US National Library of Medicine highlights there are certain factors that experts have to adhere to before agreeing to performing plastic surgery.

The document says: "The demand for aesthetic surgery has increased in recent years, as our culture has become more concerned with image and appearance. Several ethical considerations such as patient's right for informed counselling, beneficence and maleficence need to be given careful consideration."

That third factor is the one which is most relevant in this scenario.

The article continues: "Consultant aesthetic surgeons may decline to operate on patients if they do not believe that the surgery is in the patients' best interests. Aesthetic surgeons should be reluctant to operate on those with unrealistic expectations, as the risks of surgery may outweigh any benefits."

Many people have tried to transform their face or body to resemble a well-known celebrity and I'm yet to see anyone actually succeed.

But, at the end of the day, it remains to be seen whether Sahar - for whatever reason - has simply faked her facial overhaul.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

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