By Melissa Etehad
Los Angeles Times
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) In Iran, a country where women must cover almost every part of their body except their face, many have chosen the quiet rebellion of altering their nose to reflect an “Anglo American” aesthetic.
Growing up in Los Angeles, Jasmine Yahid thought a lot about her nose. Too big, with a bump that drew attention, she felt.
So Yahid decided to undergo what has become a rite of passage for many modern women of Iranian descent: She went under the knife.
Although an Angeleno, the 25-year-old retail employee was following a tradition that has gained momentum in the wake of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Yahid’s parents had immigrated from Iran, where the autocratic government sees anything that smacks of Western culture as an act of dissent.
In a country where women must cover almost every part of their body except their face, many have chosen the quiet rebellion of altering their nose to reflect an “Anglo American” aesthetic.
“These women, a highly educated population, are handicapped at every turn within the laws,” said Nina Ansari an expert on women’s rights issues in Iran. “So they find ways of expressing themselves.”
The tradition migrated to the U.S. shores and now has become entrenched here, although not because of protest.
While thick eyebrows and large eyes have always fit Iranian ideals of beauty, the Persian nose, with its often steep bridge and wide shape, has long been a source of angst for many women.
“I wanted a nose that fit myself but was also prettier and cuter. I wanted to look Persian and Jewish still,” she said. “In the beginning, I was very unhappy, but over time, I looked at my profile and was very happy with how it turned out.”