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NegzziaNegzzia's given name is Negin Ahm who was born in Tehran, Iran on February 9th, 1990. She is a model and photographer of Iranian nationality.

She is known in particular for having obtained the right of asylum in France after having fled Iran following the publication of naked photographs, considered "immoral" by the Iranian religious police and for which she was sentenced to imprisonment and 144 lashings.

Negzzia’s story sparked reactions and made headlines in France. The female from Tehran had to flee her country to find herself leading a miserable life in the streets of France where she had finally sought asylum.

She is the only daughter in a “rather liberal" Iranian family that disagrees with the mullahs' regime. Her father is an engineer and her mother a yoga teacher.

At the age of 18, she made a living from her passion by being a photographer, on behalf of an agency.

At 22, she became a professional model for various Iranian designers and brands as well as for 3 Iranian fashion magazines .

NegzziaAn activist for women's rights, she posed in lingerie, triggering the wrath of religious authorities following a photo shoot deemed “immoral” for an underwear brand.

The June 19, 2017, she fled Iran for Istanbul , Turkey

Before fleeing first to Turkey - then later seeking asylum in France, the 29-year-old model, from Tehran, was threatened with imprisonment and lashings for posing in provocative photos.

The young woman had fled to Istanbul first but left when she encountered more of the religious conservative attitudes she had left behind in Tehran.

She arrived in Paris where she faced many hardships sleeping in the streets. Her story was featured in Le Parisien.

Attracted to France ever since her childhood - influenced in particular by the music of the French-speaking artist Jacques Brel she arrived in Paris on October 4th, 2018 , obtaining a visa through the help of a friend.

NegzziaAfter submitting her asylum application to the prefecture of Nanterre ( Hauts-de-Seine ), it was registered with the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (Ofpra) on November 13th, 2018.

Confronted with a lack of resources, she lived in emergency accommodation before becoming homeless.

Unable to exercise paid professional activity in France due to her lack of refugee status, she remained with 6.80 euros in daily allowance that she received as an asylum seeker.

"It did not prevent her from continuing to pose, in particular for her Instagram account now followed by more than 120,000 subscribers.

A lawyer, Sahand Saber, then got wind of her situation and helped her with her administrative procedures on a Pro Bono basis.

On Sunday, June 2nd, the Minister of the Interior announced on Twitter that Negzzia’s asylum application had been accepted.

“The asylum will naturally be proposed to her. Ofpra* confirmed it to me”, said the tenant of the place Beauvau. * (French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons)

NegzziaHe also ensured that the services of the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons were in contact with the young woman and that her case would be studied with “the kind attention due to her situation”.

The model was quick to respond to the good news on her Instagram account, thanking the Minister “from the bottom of her heart”.

“France is a wonderful country that I love and, like all Iranian artists, I feel so close to. It is an immense pleasure to finally be able to look at the future with more serenity."

"Thank you again, I will honor this hand that your country gives me,” she added.

She officially recieved asylum on June 7th, 2019, she now has legal refugee status in France.

Who is Negzzia? the Iranian model refugee in France? Deep down in her black eyes, determination fades to give way to an impatience every childish person when she evokes the upcoming arrival of her French identity papers.

Negzzia just got asylum. ′′ Articles were provided on the arrest of mannequins and photographers in Tehran showing the threat she was exposed to in her home country ", explains Sahand Saber, who defends pro bono the young woman.

NegzziaIn the spring of 2017, as her career exploded in Iran, Negzzia transgressed and posed in lingerie.

In the middle of the shoot, the photographer threw himself at her and attempted to rape her.

She manages to escape him in extremis but the problem has just begun.

"He swore he would destroy me. He had these sensual pictures where my tattoos could be seen."

"He could take me down anytime," she remembers.

Religious police in Iran hand down an indictment that calls for at least 144 lashes. She then decided to leave Tehran in a hurry to take refuge in Istanbul.

There, Negzzia multiplies the shoots in a little outfit. She posts the shots on Instagram, like a mullahs regime challenge.

But conservative Turkey catches up with it and a friend manages to get her a visa for France.

NegzziaShe arrives in Paris without contacts, without accommodation and accepts the hospitality of a man.

But realizes that she would have to give in to his advances to keep a roof over her head. - "I'd prefer sleeping outside", she says proudly.

This is what did eventually happen last winter. "I had spent my last euros on a gym membership to maintain my body and continue to be a model - my dream.

At night I would sleep on a bench, in a parking lot, and in the morning I would shower in the room and try in the day to get a job.

But undocumented, it was mission impossible. With refugee status, the resilient Negzzia now has all the cards in hand to make her dreams come true.

Very moved by the news, Negzzia hastened to answer him on social networks: "Mr. Minister, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support. Your message moved me a lot."

"France is a wonderful country that I love and, like all Iranian artists, I feel so close to it. It is a great pleasure to finally be able to look to the future with more serenity."

"Thank you again, I will honor this hand that France has given me." Her written message was followed by a " Vive la France " and a French flag emoji.

NegzziaToday, she continues to post photos and videos of her life on Instagram and hosts with acquaintances in the Paris suburbs.

Free above all, she defines herself as a proud woman in the bio of her Instagram page.

"How can you know me when I don’t even fully know myself? I know my capabilities and I know my worth, but sometimes I surprise myself."

"I’ve done many things that I’m not proud of and also I’ve done many things of which I’m deeply proud of."

"I have achieved many things that I never thought were possible also I lost so many things that I thought it’s impossible to lose them -the past is past but I can improve my future."

"I’m still learning to love myself. I am still learning new things about myself, life, the universe, my dreams and how to be free. As long as I can breath, my story will continue."

"I am a good woman, not an angel - But still with all of the barriers, hard days, the rejections and the achievements I have hope that I can be the one I am proud of the women I’m becoming. "


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Condemned to recieve 144 lashings in Iran, to the streets in France: the fight for the freedom of a woman. "I walk for a long time, to the entrance of a parking garage. I lift my suitcase and go down the stairs. The music is deafening. I sit behind a vehicle, my purse on my knees, the blanket over my shoulders. No one has seen me. I lean my head against the wall behind me and close my eyes. I burst into tears. How did I get there?

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Pub Date: 16 August 2012
Status: Draft manuscript
Length: 288 pages

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