Women in Iran Dress Trendy, Despite the Headscarf
In present day, Iranian women are still obliged to wear a
headscarf and a
coat (the so called Manto) in public. In the past police forces in the
streets would strictly enforce an appropriate dress code, arresting women that
were dressed "inappropriately". Luckily the dress code these days has been eased
a lot for women and they can feel much more relaxed about what they wear. Come
to Iran and you will see women in all ages wearing colorful coats, skinny jeans,
tight shirts and trendy runners. Still, although police control has become much
less these days, it doesn’t mean they don’t exist anymore. Even today Iranian
women do get arrested, if they push it too far.
Many Iranian Women Don’t Leave the House Without Make-up
Having only the face to show, Iranian women spend a lot of time and effort on
their faces to look beautiful. Make-up is very important for many. So don’t be
surprised if you see women selling lipsticks in the metro. While some put on a
modest make-up, others simply over-do it. Especially in
Tehran it doesn’t take
long to see women who look just like Hollywood superstars on the red carpet.
Plastic surgeries like “nose jobs” are also very popular for those who can afford it.
Walking in the streets you will come across Iranian women who proudly wear their
nose plaster. Strangely, this also applies to Iranian men these days.
Iranian Women Are Eager to Be Educated
Education is important to
people in Iran and today’s Iran is full of women that
enroll in university. Actually more than half of Iran’s students are female,
outranging the number of male students by far. Although a high number of Iranian
women are well educated, women are less to be found in jobs than men. While this
is partly because of discrimination (as in many other countries), this is also
because Iranian women are less career-oriented but more family-oriented. Even in
present day and modern Iran, it is still not uncommon for women to stay at home,
where they take care of the household and the family.
Iranian Women Are Enthusiastic to Get Married
Traditional family values are still very important for women in Iran. Being
single women is still not commonly accepted in the culture, although this is
slightly changing for the better. Therefore, Iranian women are enthusiastic to
find a suitable husband and to get married. While some years ago it was common
for them to get married in their early 20ies, this has changed over the years
and these days it is not unusual to marry late in 20ies, or even around the age of
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