- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 15, 2013

A female city councilor in the ancient capital of Qazvin, Iran, has been barred from office for being being too attractive, Al Arabiya reported Wednesday.

Nina Siakhali Moradi, a 27-year-old engineer and website designer, won the June election, but it was almost immediately overturned by religious conservatives because she was deemed too attractive to take up the position, the report said.

“We don’t want a catwalk model on the council,” a senior official in Qazvin told local press.

Ms. Moradi ran under the slogan “Young ideas for a young future,” and part of her platform was to push for better women’s rights in city. Her campaign posters were modest and showed her wearing strict hijab. Still, religious groups demanded her disqualification as soon as her election was confirmed, Al Arabiya reported.

The complaint was ultimately upheld and Ms. Moradi was disqualified for not “observing the Islamic norms.”

Authorities also confiscated the campaign posters of two other female candidates, Maryam Nakhostin-Ahmadi and Shahla Atefeh, and detained both for questioning, IranWire reported.