Tehran: An electoral candidate, who had won a reserve place on a city council in Iran, has reportedly been barred from occupying the seat of mayor for being too attractive.
Nina Siahkali Moradi, 27, had received 10,000 votes during the polls in the city of Qazvin in Iran and was placed 14th out of 163 candidates, The Independent reports.
According to the report, she was also named as an alternate member of the Council, who would be kept as a reserve.
She was, however, disqualified and denied permission to fill the vacant mayor`s position, as officials did not want a catwalk model on the council.
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said that the disqualification was apparently because of her non-observance of Islamic codes on her election campaign posters.
Earlier, Moradi`s candidacy had been approved by Iran`s judiciary and intelligence services, despite her calls for change under the slogan "Young Ideas for a Young Future".
The controversy comes after the new President Hassan Rowhani had vowed to bring about changes to the observation of civil rights and support increased participation of women in the Iranian society.