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When thinking about Iran, the words “stylish” and “fashion-forward” are not necessarily the first that come to mind for most of us, but thanks to designer Araz Fazaeli, who began taking candid photos of fashionable women in the country’s capital of Tehran for his blog “The Tehran Times,” that will be changing pretty quickly.

According to current Islamic law, women must wear loose-fitting clothing that doesn’t hug too much, and they must wear hijabs that at least partially cover their hair. Nail polish, sandals, and leggings have been banned, and women are also encouraged to wear darker colors to avoid arousing men.

Iran’s newly elected President Hassan Rouhani has spoken out recently in favor of relaxing the country’s dress codes, stating that a person’s outward appearance does not necessarily affect their virtuousness as a person. Fazaeli has taken it upon himself to do what he can to change things, too, namely by showing that there are in fact stylish movers and shakers that are changing the face of fashion in Iran, despite the current assumptions held by many Westerners. “They believe what they see in the news,” Fazaeli says in an interview with the Atlantic Post, “and even though a lot of it is true, there is much more to see.”

We couldn’t agree more. Check out some of the fashionably forward-thinking women below.

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Photos via HuffPost

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