An Iraqi actress is to be sued after a British newspaper published her photograph in an article about “obese” women.
Anas Taleb, a well-known TV personality in her native Iraq, announced planned legal action against the Economist after it used her photo in a July article titled “Why women are fatter than men in the Arab world”. Accordingly For New Lines Magazine.
piece The question argues that Arab women are overweight due to poverty and restrictions on leaving home.
The paper also states that some men find women with “curves” more attractive. A picture of Taleb, 42, taken at the Babylon International Festival in Iraq is used to illustrate that point.
The article states, “Iraqis often cite Anas Taleb, the curvaceous actress (pictured), as a beauty ideal.
Taleb allegedly claimed that the photo was photoshopped and used without permission. Accordingly to the BBC. Photo credited to Getty Images, which licenses stock photos.
“I am seeking compensation for the emotional, mental and social damage I have suffered due to this incident,” she said.
Taleb said the article was “an insult to Arab women in general and Iraqi women in particular” and asked why “the Arab world is interested in fat women, not in Europe or the USA,” according to the outlet.
She told Al-Arabiya TV that she was the recipient of “threatening comments” from unwanted press but said she was comfortable in her own skin.
“Audiences have loved me for years. It was disappointing to see an international outlet label me as if all my accomplishments meant nothing. I’m healthy and happy with the way I look and that’s all that matters to me,” she told the magazine.
The Economist did not respond to the BBC’s request for comment.