Meghan Markle has shown her support for the women-led protests in Iran in the wake of Mahsa Amini‘s death by wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with a widely-used Farsi slogan. The black number featured the words “Zan zindgi azadi” in white, which translates to “Women life freedom”, and was worn by the Duchess of Sussex to the Women@Spotify event in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Paired with black trousers, the shirt was picked from the Canadian Etsy story K&R World Design, where it is listed as a “Mahsa Amini T-shirt” with the description: “women’s rights T-shirt. Be the voice of Iran”.
Markle, the force behind the Archetypes podcast on Spotify, was joined by female colleagues from the streaming platform at the event where she also delivered a talk on the feminist movement in Iran. According to Mandaya Dayani, the president of Markle and Prince Harry’s non-profit Archewell, the mother-of-two “spoke about the revolution being led by women and young girls in Iran, the courage and bravery they show every day, and their leadership and advocacy of basic human rights: women, life, freedom.” She added, “As an Iranian woman who fled her home country in pursuit of these very freedoms, I could not have been more grateful for how she chooses, again and again, to advocate for women around the world.”
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With the sartorial statement and speech, Markle joins a number of renowned personalities from around the world who have used their platforms to stand in solidarity with Iranian women. This includes actors like Marion Cotillard, Isabelle Adjani, and Isabelle Huppert cutting their hair in support of the protestors, and singer Harry Styles, who recently held up a sign at his Chicago concert that read, “Stand with the women of Iran. #MahsaAmini.”