Iranian teen Sahar Tabar garnered major headlines last year after insisting she’d had over fifty surgeries to look like her favorite Hollywood star, Angelina Jolie.
At the time, Tabar spoke to a Russian news outlet and said, “I love Angelina and all of her children. I’ve done everything in my power to transform my appearance to be like the one I love. I’ve spent all of my inheritance at this point.”
But her over-the-top, corpse-like appearance led some to call the 20-year-old a “zombie,” while others attributed her shocking look to extensive make-up and clever Photoshop skills.
But the question remains, just how exactly did Tabar achieve her bizarre appearance?
While some of Tabar’s fans believe her extreme look is the result of clever camera trickery, Photoshop, prosthetics and some impressive make-up skills… we weren’t so sure.
“I don’t think anyone could look that bad with just plastic surgery,” one fan commented. “She looks like she’s dead almost.”
Well, after doing some research of our own, we think we’ve put together a pretty convincing case. After scouring Tabar’s Instagram account, analyzing photos, and getting the expert opinion of one in-the-know plastic surgeon, we’ve reached our verdict.
Do you think you’ve got it figured out? keep reading to learn about the rest of her killer look…
A Top Plastic Surgeon Weighs In
Dr. Michael Nichols has been practicing cosmetic surgery in the Dallas Ft. Worth area for over 30 years. Actors, rock stars, and European royalty all regularly make the journey to his upscale office complex in the heart of downtown Dallas.
“Let me be the first to clarify that I am not his young woman’s doctor. I have never seen her nor have I treated her. She’s never been under my care. But anecdotally, from the photos, it looks like to me she’s had some work done.”
Specifically, Dr. Nichols seemed to think that…
Lip Augmentation Via Injectable Fillers Seems Likely
“She’s probably had some injectables fill out her lips,” said Dr. Nichols. “Because of the way Juvederm and Restylane work, it gives the tissues it fills a specific look. Both of those products are made from hyaluronic acid, which is a natural molecule found in the body. When it is injected into the skin, it binds with water and expands to fill out and plump up the wrinkle from the inside.”
But beyond having some lip augmentation, has she had any other work done?
“It actually hard to say,” he said. “A fair amount of my patients are looking to have botched work or substandard results corrected. So it’s definitely conceivable that this young lady has over done it to the point of ruin.”
What about the other evidence… can anything be deduced from the photos themselves?
The Photos Have Definitely Been Manipulated
When an image is warped or stretched or pulled, often times the background will be similarly distorted. By looking for these artifacts, one can tell an image has been processed.
“And looking at her Instagram posts, it’s clear there’s been some manipulation,” said graphic design blogger Terri Henson. “See the pattern on the fabric there, it’s inconsistent because the computer software has had to estimate the frequency of the dots. This is obviously an altered photo.”
The graphic designer added that it was impossible to tell exactly what’s clever digital trickery and what’s physically altered. “She could just be enhancing the look using software,” Henson was quick to point out.
So what does Tabar herself have to say about the debate?
Tabar Comes Clean
“It is a way of expressing yourself, a kind of art. My fans know that this is not my real face,” she explained.
Tabar reportedly spoke to Russian media outlet Sputnik recently and made this revelation: “This is Photoshop and makeup. Every time I publish a photo, I paint my face in an increasingly funny way.”
This before and after image has since had over 5,000 likes and while many users questioned Tabar’s methods, others were positive about her use of Photoshop.
One user wrote: “This is a trick done by Tabar, she used makeup and digital tricks to change her face, she didn’t have any surgical operations.”
Another said: “You can totally see it’s Photoshop. Look at the background.”
“She’s a liar. You can’t believe anything this girl has to say,” one angry user posted, drawing a firestorm of criticism.
But Tabar did make one shocking admission that has nothing to do with digital Photoshop tricks…
Tabar Has Engaged in Extreme Dieting to Achieve Her Look
Many Instagram users have slammed Tabar’s shocking look as being mad make-up skills rather than excessive surgery and she has now confirmed this on her Instagram.
According to Snopes, the teen said in a post that has since been deleted: “Hello relatively dear followers, the picture that you’re scrutinizing, even though I didn’t like it, I kept it in.”
She later added: “People are probably living in the 18th century and they haven’t seen or heard of technology or make-up and they are really surprised.”
The teen, who reportedly weighs just 88 pounds, admitted in another recent post that she “engages in extreme dieting” to achieve her “corpse bride look.”
But what exactly does extreme dieting mean?
Tabar Claims She Only Eats 1000 Calories a Day
The Iranian teenager shocked her fans when she recently opened up about limiting herself to only half the recommended calories for a person her age a day.
“I’ll eat lots of veggies and drink plenty of water,” she said. “But I don’t do any processed foods, very little meat, no sodas, no sweets. People are so caught up with the idea that I have an eating disorder. But if you look at people from other periods in history, they ate dramatically less.”
But they also lived dramatically shorter lives as well. The photoshop guru did concede that her friends and family are worried about her health.
“They want me to eat more, I know this,” she said. “But I like my look, maybe at some point I’ll want to look fuller, but right now, this is what I like.”
What do you think about Sahar Tabar’s extreme appearance?