Edition:
International
Pictures | Thu Nov 12, 2020 | 3:59pm EST

Iranian woman finds modeling career and self-acceptance after acid attack

Masoumeh Ataei sits on a bed at her home in Parand, suburb of Tehran, Iran November 5, 2020. The 37-year-old was the victim of an acid attack about 10 years ago when she was attacked by her former father-in-law after her divorce.

Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Masoumeh Ataei sits on a bed at her home in Parand, suburb of Tehran, Iran November 5, 2020. The 37-year-old was the victim of an acid attack about 10 years ago when she was attacked by her former father-in-law after her divorce. Majid...more

Masoumeh Ataei sits on a bed at her home in Parand, suburb of Tehran, Iran November 5, 2020. The 37-year-old was the victim of an acid attack about 10 years ago when she was attacked by her former father-in-law after her divorce. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
Close
1 / 17
She suffered severe burns to her face, body and hands, and lost her vision. She later forgave her former father-in-law, who had been sentenced to qisas (retributive justice), and began a new life.

Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

She suffered severe burns to her face, body and hands, and lost her vision. She later forgave her former father-in-law, who had been sentenced to qisas (retributive justice), and began a new life. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via...more

She suffered severe burns to her face, body and hands, and lost her vision. She later forgave her former father-in-law, who had been sentenced to qisas (retributive justice), and began a new life. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
Close
2 / 17
Masoumeh, who was a mother of a two-year-old boy at the time of the attack, suffered severe depression for years afterwards, reluctant to go outside or be in a relationship because of her appearance.

Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Masoumeh, who was a mother of a two-year-old boy at the time of the attack, suffered severe depression for years afterwards, reluctant to go outside or be in a relationship because of her appearance. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via...more

Masoumeh, who was a mother of a two-year-old boy at the time of the attack, suffered severe depression for years afterwards, reluctant to go outside or be in a relationship because of her appearance. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
Close
3 / 17
Today, Masoumeh is a well-known model, showcasing the beauty of Iranian traditional clothing. Touching is the only way for her to imagine what she will look like in people's minds. 

Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Today, Masoumeh is a well-known model, showcasing the beauty of Iranian traditional clothing. Touching is the only way for her to imagine what she will look like in people's minds. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Today, Masoumeh is a well-known model, showcasing the beauty of Iranian traditional clothing. Touching is the only way for her to imagine what she will look like in people's minds. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
Close
4 / 17
Modeling has helped her find self-acceptance after the attack. "Beauty is not just in people's appearance, if someone loses her face or has a defect in her face does not mean that she is not beautiful," she said. "Beauty can be defined based on other factors."

Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Modeling has helped her find self-acceptance after the attack. "Beauty is not just in people's appearance, if someone loses her face or has a defect in her face does not mean that she is not beautiful," she said. "Beauty can be defined based on other...more

Modeling has helped her find self-acceptance after the attack. "Beauty is not just in people's appearance, if someone loses her face or has a defect in her face does not mean that she is not beautiful," she said. "Beauty can be defined based on other factors." Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
Close
5 / 17
The modeling industry in Iran has not been officially recognized and models face many restrictions to stay in this business. 

Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

The modeling industry in Iran has not been officially recognized and models face many restrictions to stay in this business. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

The modeling industry in Iran has not been officially recognized and models face many restrictions to stay in this business. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
Close
6 / 17
While fame may draw other models into the business, for Masoumeh it is a way to fight against loneliness, create an independent life for herself, break traditional beauty standards and serve as a role model for others who are in her situation.

Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

While fame may draw other models into the business, for Masoumeh it is a way to fight against loneliness, create an independent life for herself, break traditional beauty standards and serve as a role model for others who are in her situation. Majid...more

While fame may draw other models into the business, for Masoumeh it is a way to fight against loneliness, create an independent life for herself, break traditional beauty standards and serve as a role model for others who are in her situation. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
Close
7 / 17
Masoumeh has undergone 38 different surgical operations for her skin in Tehran. Six years ago, with the help of a benefactor, she spent a year in Washington D.C. where she underwent three surgeries on her eyes and skin in an unsuccessful effort to restore her vision.

Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Masoumeh has undergone 38 different surgical operations for her skin in Tehran. Six years ago, with the help of a benefactor, she spent a year in Washington D.C. where she underwent three surgeries on her eyes and skin in an unsuccessful effort to...more

Masoumeh has undergone 38 different surgical operations for her skin in Tehran. Six years ago, with the help of a benefactor, she spent a year in Washington D.C. where she underwent three surgeries on her eyes and skin in an unsuccessful effort to restore her vision. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
Close
8 / 17
Her recovery is still ongoing: she is receiving treatment for her facial skin and is hopeful more eye surgery can restore her vision in the future.

Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Her recovery is still ongoing: she is receiving treatment for her facial skin and is hopeful more eye surgery can restore her vision in the future. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Her recovery is still ongoing: she is receiving treatment for her facial skin and is hopeful more eye surgery can restore her vision in the future. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
Close
9 / 17
In 2019, Iranian parliament passed legislation that steps up punishment for acid attacks and provides more support to survivors of these horrendous acts. The new legislation calls for the "retaliation in kind" of any damage caused to the victims in acid-throwing attacks where the perpetrator has carried out the act preplanned and with "malice aforethought."

Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

In 2019, Iranian parliament passed legislation that steps up punishment for acid attacks and provides more support to survivors of these horrendous acts. The new legislation calls for the "retaliation in kind" of any damage caused to the victims in...more

In 2019, Iranian parliament passed legislation that steps up punishment for acid attacks and provides more support to survivors of these horrendous acts. The new legislation calls for the "retaliation in kind" of any damage caused to the victims in acid-throwing attacks where the perpetrator has carried out the act preplanned and with "malice aforethought." Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
Close
10 / 17
Some 52 people face acid attacks each year in Iran, in which more than 50% of the victims are women, according to statistics.

Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Some 52 people face acid attacks each year in Iran, in which more than 50% of the victims are women, according to statistics. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Some 52 people face acid attacks each year in Iran, in which more than 50% of the victims are women, according to statistics. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
Close
11 / 17
Masoumeh models clothing in a fashion workshop in Tehran. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Masoumeh models clothing in a fashion workshop in Tehran. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Masoumeh models clothing in a fashion workshop in Tehran. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
Close
12 / 17
A photo of Masoumeh before the acid attack is seen at her home in Parand. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

A photo of Masoumeh before the acid attack is seen at her home in Parand. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

A photo of Masoumeh before the acid attack is seen at her home in Parand. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
Close
13 / 17
Masoumeh has her makeup applied as she models a creation at a fashion workshop in Tehran. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Masoumeh has her makeup applied as she models a creation at a fashion workshop in Tehran. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Masoumeh has her makeup applied as she models a creation at a fashion workshop in Tehran. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
Close
14 / 17
A combination picture shows Masoumeh before and after the attack. Masoumeh Ataei family/Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

A combination picture shows Masoumeh before and after the attack. Masoumeh Ataei family/Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

A combination picture shows Masoumeh before and after the attack. Masoumeh Ataei family/Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
Close
15 / 17
Masoumeh models clothing at a fashion workshop in Tehran. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Masoumeh models clothing at a fashion workshop in Tehran. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Masoumeh models clothing at a fashion workshop in Tehran. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
Close
16 / 17
Masoumeh goes through an old album at her home in Parand. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Masoumeh goes through an old album at her home in Parand. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Masoumeh goes through an old album at her home in Parand. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
Close
17 / 17

Next Slideshows

Broomstick scooter inspired by Harry Potter

A Brazilian duo have created contraptions that look uncannily like the brooms used by witches and wizards in the Harry Potter universe.

Nov 12 2020

Veterans Day across America

Americans honor those who have served in their military.

Nov 12 2020

Remembering the sacrifices of war

A solemn day of remembrance as the world honors its veterans on Remembrance Day, Armistice Day and Veterans Day.

Nov 11 2020

Biden plans transition as Trump clings to hope

President-elect Joe Biden begins laying the groundwork for his new administration as President Donald Trump pursues a flurry of longshot lawsuits challenging...

Nov 11 2020

MORE IN PICTURES

Our most popular Instagram photos of 2021

Our most popular Instagram photos of 2021

Our top Instagram posts of the year so far.

Karl Lagerfeld's fingerless gloves to go under hammer

Karl Lagerfeld's fingerless gloves to go under hammer

Personal belongings of the late designer Karl Lagerfeld, including his trademark fingerless leather gloves and the cushions his cat Choupette sat on, are to go on sale in a series of auctions that begin in Monaco this week.

Pictures of the year: Sports

Pictures of the year: Sports

From the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to The UEFA European Championship, here are our best sports pictures of the year.

Pictures of the year: Oddly

Pictures of the year: Oddly

Our top odd and unusual photos in 2021.

Pictures of the year: Animals

Pictures of the year: Animals

Our top animal photos of 2021 so far.

Barbados ditches Britain's Queen Elizabeth to become republic

Barbados ditches Britain's Queen Elizabeth to become republic

Barbados ditched Britain's Queen Elizabeth as head of state, forging a new republic with its first-ever president and severing its last remaining colonial bonds nearly 400 years after the first English ships arrived at the Caribbean island.

Rivers of lava pour from La Palma volcano

Rivers of lava pour from La Palma volcano

Red-hot molten rock continues to gush along the western flanks of the volcano, which has been erupting since Sept. 19, and the pace of daily earth tremors is yet to slow down on the Spanish island of La Palma.

Fashion Awards red carpet

Fashion Awards red carpet

Celebrities show off their red carpet styles at the 2021 Fashion Awards in London.

Pictures of the year 2021

Pictures of the year 2021

Our top news photography from the past year.

Trending Collections

Pictures

Podcast