Michelle Williams may have caused a stir with her scandalous nudie pics in the most recent GQ, but there’s another actress making global waves by shedding her clothing.
Golshifteh Farahani, an Iranian actress who played Leonardo DiCaprio’s love interest in Body of Lies set the global community ablaze yesterday when she posted a video from Le Figaro, in which she bares it all. She was banned from Iran after appearing alongside Leo and went on to works closely with director Asghar Farhadi, whose movie just picked up the Golden Globe for best foreign movie (making him an Oscar favorite).
The montage she appeared in is for the Cesar Awards, the French Academy Awards, and includes other nominees taking their clothes off. No big deal in France, right? But Farahani left Iran last year, and as tensions between the Islamic Republic and the West continue to escalate, many are taking her disrobing as a strong form of protest against a regime that forces women to veil.
Aside from her bare shoulders and chest, the look in Farahani’s eyes betrays an angry pride, perhaps an elegant middle finger to the regime, rather than a sultry come-hither look.
Some are even comparing her to Neda, the woman who was killed by government forces during the 2009 protests 2009 that grabbed global headlines and sparked the Green Movement. Needless to say, the reactions have been extreme, varying, and number in the thousands and counting. From one side, there are comments ranging from “Whore. Filth. You really soiled this one.” to “Even if I were her father, I would still approve” to simply “Bravo!”
Whether Farahani was doing what many actresses before her have done or whether she was indeed using her clout and her body as protest (like Liberian women bringing an end to civil war by threatening to disrobe), remains to be seen.
Do you think stripping down is an effective form of protest?