Iranian woman finds modeling career and self-acceptance after acid attack
Masoumeh Ataei sits on a bed at her home in Parand, suburb of Tehran, Iran November 5, 2020. The 37-year-old wmore
She suffered severe burns to her face, body and hands, and lost her vision. She later forgave her former fathemore
Masoumeh, who was a mother of a two-year-old boy at the time of the attack, suffered severe depression for yeamore
Today, Masoumeh is a well-known model, showcasing the beauty of Iranian traditional clothing. Touching is the more
Modeling has helped her find self-acceptance after the attack. "Beauty is not just in people's appearance, if more
The modeling industry in Iran has not been officially recognized and models face many restrictions to stay in more
While fame may draw other models into the business, for Masoumeh it is a way to fight against loneliness, creamore
Masoumeh has undergone 38 different surgical operations for her skin in Tehran. Six years ago, with the help omore
Her recovery is still ongoing: she is receiving treatment for her facial skin and is hopeful more eye surgery more
In 2019, Iranian parliament passed legislation that steps up punishment for acid attacks and provides more supmore
Some 52 people face acid attacks each year in Iran, in which more than 50% of the victims are women, accordingmore
Masoumeh models clothing in a fashion workshop in Tehran. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REmore
A photo of Masoumeh before the acid attack is seen at her home in Parand. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia Newmore
Masoumeh has her makeup applied as she models a creation at a fashion workshop in Tehran. Majid Asgaripour/WANmore
A combination picture shows Masoumeh before and after the attack. Masoumeh Ataei family/Majid Asgaripour/WANA more
Masoumeh models clothing at a fashion workshop in Tehran. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REmore
Masoumeh goes through an old album at her home in Parand. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REmore
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