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Published 03/03/2013 | 05:00

POWER-DRESSING: Michelle Obama’s sleeveless dress was given a makeover by Iranian news agency Fars
POWER-DRESSING: Michelle Obama’s sleeveless dress was given a makeover by Iranian news agency Fars

Not everyone is a fan of Michelle Obama's toned and sculpted shoulders. Last week she made a surprise appearance at the Oscars and delivered the award to Argo for Best Picture, wearing a pretty silver sleeveless dress with a low(ish) neckline. Though there wasn't a hint of cleavage on show, Michelle's bare skin was too much for some sensitive souls.

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Fars, the Iranian news agency, gave Michelle a nice, new, respectable dress using Photoshop – a dress that covered her chest and shoulders in accordance with Iranian restrictions on images of the female body. Perhaps they really were offended by Michelle's bulging biceps, or perhaps it was a small revenge for her handing the Oscar to the "anti-Iranian" film produced by the "Zionist" company Warner Brothers – an objection voiced by many official outlets in Iran.

The film Zero Dark Thirty was also criticised and described as "outclassing Leni Riefenstahl's Nazi propaganda", and for good measure a commentator in Tehran added: "These movies are weapons of mass destruction against humanity."

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