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Tala Raassi

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Fashion Is Freedom

After being jailed and lashed for wearing a miniskirt at age 16, Tala Raassi describes why she is devoted to celebrating the beauty of women’s bodies through her designs while empowering women all around the world to follow their dreams.

Summary of Tala Raassi

Tala Raassi, an Iranian American fashion designer/author, was born in the United States and raised in Tehran. Named one of the “Most Fearless Women in the World” by Newsweek magazine, Raassi made her mark in the fashion world at an early age with her talent in exclusive swimwear. She is devoted to celebrating the beauty of women’s bodies through her designs and to empowering women all around the world to follow their dreams. For Raassi, “Fashion is Freedom.” 

Tala Raassi, an Iranian American fashion designer and author of the book Fashion is Freedom, was born in the United States and raised in Tehran. Named one of the “Most Fearless Women in the World” by Newsweek magazine, Raassi made her mark in the fashion world at an early age with her talent in exclusive swimwear. She is devoted to celebrating the beauty of women’s bodies through her designs and to empowering women all around the world to follow their dreams. For Raassi, “Fashion is Freedom.”

Raassi captivated the world through her inspiring story, entitled “Crime of the Mini Skirt,” featured in Marie Claire Magazine. At sixteen she attended her friend’s Sweet 16 house party in a mini skirt. While in the privacy of her friend’s home, the religious police raided the house, and she ultimately faced the harsh punishment of five days in jail and forty lashes for wearing “indecent clothing,” according to Islamic law. Following this sentence, Raassi moved back to the USA where she currently lives. Her story went global, and Rachel Ray, Elle, and Newsweek, among others, interviewed her, giving her the platform to vocalize her vision of fashion as a symbol of freedom.

Topics

  • Women
  • Women Empowerment 
  • Startups
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Business 
  • Fashion 
  • Design 
  • Motivational 
  • Freedom 
  • Freedom of choice
  • Fashion is freedom
  • Overcoming obstacles 
  • Success 
Fashion Is Freedom by Tala Raassi

Fashion Is Freedom

How a Girl from Tehran Broke the Rules to Change her World

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