Iraqi television star Enas Taleb is suing The Economist over an article about “fat” Arab women that features her photograph.
Arab actress sues magazine over body-shaming article
To Enas Taleb, the headline felt like a spiteful punch line.
“Why women are fatter than men in the Arab world,” it read in bold, above a photograph of the Iraqi actress waving onstage at an arts festival.
The Economist article ran through possible explanations of the obesity gap of 10 percentage points between men and women in the Middle East, then cited Iraqis who see Taleb’s curves as the ideal of beauty.
“Fat”, a word now considered taboo in much of Western media, was repeated six times.