Walking the streets of Tehran, it is common to come across people with bandages on their noses. No, they don’t have a nose bleed. Rather, they have just had plastic surgery. When a woman is commanded by law to cover every part of her body but her face, she focuses on making sure that what can be seen is worth being seen. Plastic surgery has become a real trend in Tehran. In fact, it is not only women who alter their faces; some men do also. Many women also wear a lot of make-up as a small act of rebellion (as make-up is forbidden by Iranian Islamic law). Individual attractiveness is of great importance and both men and women go to great lengths to increase their physical beauty.
Please pray that Iranian men and women will recognize that “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” –1 Samuel 16:7, NIV