An Iranian news agency showed a digitally altered dress of Michelle Obama, announcing the Academy Award 2013 for Best Picture, in order to make her appear modest.
In the pre-photoshopped photo one can see the toned shoulders and arms of the First Lady and after alteration, the neckline can be seen all covered up making it a lot less revealing.
In Iran, women are supposed to wear hijab, cover the body with lose and long dresses to meet the Islamic dress codes. Only women in media are allowed to come on television without hijab but to an extent. Foreigners are also prescribed to follow the same rules pertaining to clothing of women.
The state-controlled (Fars) agency was also infuriated at the Academy’s decision to honor Argo with the Best Picture award as they view it as an ‘anti-Iran propaganda’ movie.
Michelle Obama’s appearance was a surprise at the Oscars 2013, making her the first ever premier to announce an award at the Oscars ceremony. She is quite popular for her style and the way she carries herself in the international media.