New Exclusive: Masih Alinejad, "The Woman Whose Hair Frightens Iran"
17 Oct 2022
APB is excited to announce the exclusive signing of Masih Alinejad, an Iranian-American journalist and women’s rights activist who gained worldwide attention when she removed her veil, or hijab, and posted a photo on her Facebook page standing proudly with her hair blowing in the wind. From that, My Stealthy Freedom was born, her viral social media campaign against compulsory hijab that became the biggest civil disobedience movement in the history of the Islamic Republic. Today, she is one of the most prominent and vocal opposition figures challenging the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Described by The New York Times as "The woman whose hair frightens Iran," Alinejad wrote the widely acclaimed, bestselling memoir, The Wind in My Hair, sharing her extraordinary story about living in exile, leaving her country, challenging tradition and sparking change. An inspiring account about political activism, family, heritage, overcoming adversity and more, Alinejad offers a compelling and shocking look at the realities of the world we live in.
Born and raised in northern Iran, Alinejad became a parliamentary journalist in Tehran, where she exposed corruption and mismanagement among the political elites. She was forced to leave Iran in 2009, escaping the crackdown on the Green Movement.
Alinejad now has more than 11 million followers on her social media accounts and receives thousands of messages daily from inside Iran. She has been featured in such media outlets as The New York Times, The Guardian, CBS, Real Time with Bill Maher and more. Recently, the American Jewish Committee presented Alinejad with their coveted Moral Courage Award for her “moral, intellectual and physical courage, extraordinary bravery and commitment to the protection of human rights.”
A passionate voice committed to igniting change, Alinejad continues to inspire with her incredible story and encourages all of us to never stop fighting for what we believe in.