Iranian model sparks controversy in ‘noose dress’ at Cannes Film Festival

Mahlagha Jaberi, 33, walked the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival over the weekend in a Jila Saber gown fashioned with a noose-like halterneck.

The floor-length black gown featured a risque cut-out on her chest which connected to a golden rope resembling a noose tied around her neck.

On Instagram, the model shared a short clip modelling the dress before the premiere, showing off some golden lettering on the train that read: “Stop Executions,” which wasn’t seen on the red carpet.

She explained to her 4.2 million followers in the caption that the dress was “dedicated to the people of Iran” using the hashtag #StopExecutionsInIran.

The model’s intention to raise awareness of recent hangings in the country was undeniably successful as photos and clips from her red carpet appearance soon went viral.

However, the controversial dress divided opinions across the globe as some praised her “breathtaking” look, while others slammed what they believed was a pointless gesture.

Mahlagha’s Instagram post received hundreds of thousands of likes, but in the comments section one fan declared: “How does posing stop anything. This is stupid.”

Another fumed: “This is disgusting, disgraceful, self-serving and incredibly insensitive. Shame on you.”

Others also pointed out that although Mahlagha’s intention with the gown was quite clear, they were enraged as she didn’t elaborate or explain anything beyond the “Stop Executions” message.

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The model still received endless streams of support, with her followers sharing heart emojis and one exclaiming: “Thank you so much for being the voice of the voiceless people of #iran. You are a true champion. So humble and gorgeous! We will never forget this beautiful act Lionesss.”

Following the backlash, the model returned to Instagram with more photos of her dress, adding in the caption: “We wanted to make a fashion statement to observe the glamour of Cannes, but more importantly, to bring media attention to the wrongful executions of Iranian people.

“Unfortunately, political statements are not allowed at the film festival and the security stopped me from showing the back of my dress, but the ‘noose’ meaning was well understood.”

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