Mannequins in women’s clothing stores in Kabul, Afghanistan, which is currently under Taliban rule, were seen with their heads wrapped in plastic bags and faces covered with aluminum foil. The Taliban authorities initially wanted the mannequins beheaded.
Several images have surfaced on social media from stores in Afghanistan showing the bizarre appearance of hooded mannequins.
In a photo shared on Twitter, mannequins are displayed in stores with their heads completely wrapped in aluminum foil.
— Reporter (@Reporterlyaf) November 14, 2022
Another photo showed black plastic bags covering the faces of the female figures.
Taliban 2.0 is so progressive that they have ordered the faces of female mannequins in Afghanistan removed or covered.
Shops in Afghanistan have covered the faces of female mannequins with black plastic bags. pic.twitter.com/VUcsNyqR31
— Surrender Singh (@SurenderS199010) January 17, 2023
Some shopkeepers have also used clothing to hide faces and comply with Taliban orders.
— the reference (@thereference3) January 16, 2023
“Not to be outdone by their own absurdity, the Taliban first demanded that all female mannequins in Afghanistan be beheaded. But now, in a gracious display of understanding and empathy, he says just cover them in plastic bags as if they are being stitched,” one user wrote while sharing the photos of the mannequins.
Not to be outdone by their own absurdity, the Taliban first demanded that all female mannequins in Afghanistan be beheaded. But now, in a gracious show of understanding and empathy, he just says to put them in plastic bags as if they were being suffocated. https://t.co/21oLKNS30Epic.twitter.com/6ksM2FP2xS
— Leif Cairn (@CairnLeif) January 16, 2023
Another person said: “Taliban initially stated that all female mannequins should be beheaded, but then accepted that they had bags over their heads in shop windows. No words come to my mind about this travesty, except to celebrate the curiosity that I live in a world with so much misogyny.”
The Taliban initially declared that all female mannequins should be beheaded, but subsequently accepted bags over their heads in shop windows. No words come to my mind about this travesty, except to celebrate the curiosity that I live in a world filled with so much misogyny: pic.twitter.com/h8RDlTzMNQ
— Regina Joyce Clarke (@ReginaClarke1) January 16, 2023
A store owner named Aziz told the UK Time News news agency that agents from the Ministry of Vice and Virtue regularly visit the shops and malls to make sure the mannequins are beheaded or covered. He defied the rules, saying, “Everyone knows that mannequins are not idols, and no one will worship them. Mannequins are used to display clothes in all Muslim countries.”
Around this time last year, the Taliban had ordered shopkeepers in western Afghanistan to behead the mannequins, alleging human figures violated Islamic law. A video had gone viral of men decapitating the mannequins.