Na wa o. Nina Siakhali Moradi was disqualified after winning a post on the Qazvincity council — just because she was too pretty.
This is the face that launched a thousand protests.
A democratically-elected city council official in Iran has reportedly been barred from taking up office — just because men in power thought she was too beautiful to serve.
But Nina Siakhali Moradi is more than just a pretty face. The 27-year-old from Qazvin, a city northwest of Tehran, is an architect and website designer. She managed to collect 10,000 votes during the June election, the Independent reports. Moradi placed 14th on a list of 163 candidates, which allowed her to become an “alternate member of the Council.”
When one of the men above her in the rankings gave up his seat, Moradi was bumped up to a full council member.
An electoral review board, composed of older conservative men, decided to kick her out.
“We don’t want a catwalk model on the council,” a senior official in Qazvin told local press.