While the Rich Kids of Tehran Instagram account caught the attention of international media in 2014, the page continues to highlight the discrepancy between the saturated elite and those living below the poverty line in Iran.
The account features designer bags, fancy cars and young men and women hanging out together in attire more revealing than would usually be permitted in Iran’s public spaces.
Although seven young Iranian received suspended prison sentences and 91 lashes for posting their rendition of Pharrell William’s “Happy” music video, the repercussions the Rich Kids of Tehran are likely to face are apparently non-existent.
“Most of them have fathers who are untouchable,” an IT consultant in Tehran told The Times in London. “If they get in trouble it will disappear.”
In response to Rich Kids of Tehran, users started an account called “Poor Kids of Tehran,” in effort to highlight the gap between the ruling elite
The account showcases how life is for Iran’s other residents in Tehran.
A 2011 study showed that almost half of Iran’s urban population lives below the poverty line, according to U.S. news channel PBS