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The Harlem Shake, Cultural Appropriation and how it’s supposed to be done.


THEY ARE ALL OKAY, and all those things could exist in THE SAME WOMAN. Wanda shouldn’t be valued because she is strong, or kick-ass, but because she is a person. (x)


Some of my younger citizens have more…daring styles, so to speak. They perhaps have a better tolerance for lecturing than I do. There’s nothing quite like getting lectured by the Supreme Leader. Such styles aren’t exactly suited for me, haha, seeing as I’m thousands of years old. In any case, the rest of the world seems to have much interest in what’s in my closet—they say that black is always chic, but raise an eyebrow when I wear chador siah, ha. What I wear is not to please them, anyways. These are some of my favorite outfits though, I suppose?

((Don’t flatter her too much now :b Iran has been around for a long while, clothing and fashion evolving through the years she’s existed, from pre-Islamic antiquity to the funky looks of the 1970’s and onward. Her aesthetics have never remained static, subject to the cultural aesthetics of outside influences as well, from Turks, Arabs, and Europeans. Iran’s cosmetic history is thousands of years long! All the outfits here though are more about Iran’s current personal taste than anything else.

Currently, Iran’s fashion is often shown through the binary of the religious chadori versus the loose scarf, tight manteau wearing, young girl. The former used to deride Iran as a backwards, extremist country and the latter to ‘soften’ Iran’s image towards outsiders, to cater to primarily Western sensibilities [and many do not take into consideration that these young women choosing to wear tighter clothing or loose scarves, despite the government imposed dress code, are doing it for themselves, not to seek Western approval. Personal chic-ness is just that, personal, itcan be apolitical or political].The reality of fashion and aesthetic in Iran has far more diversity than those two images present, with urban, street fashion obviously taking the forefront. Manteaus, for example, seen amongst many women in urban Iran, have an enormous amount of styles and cuts. Some look similar to coats you’d see in New York city and others look like effortless smocks with indigenous Iranian patterns and prints! To explore manteau fashion a bit further, you can check out these two articles on Iran Wire and Dream of Iran: “Metamorphosis of a Cloak” by Azadeh Moaveni and "Street Fashion for Hijab: Iranian Style" by Madi Jahangir

thank you all for being patient!!))