Iran’s ‘Miss Detailer’ polishes cars and breaks taboos

Iran’s ‘Miss Detailer’ polishes cars and breaks taboos


TEHRAN, Iran — It’s a men’s-only club in the tangle of auto repair shops on the traffic-clogged streets of Iran’s capital, Tehran. Among them, workers toil in dim garages, welding and wrenching, fabricating and painting.

That’s until Maryam Roohani, 34, pops up from under a car’s hood at a maintenance shop in northeastern Tehran, her dirt- and grease-stained uniform pulled over black jeans and long hair tucked into a baseball cap — which in her work, replaces Iran’s compulsory Islamic headscarf for women, or hijab.

Buffing a blue BMW sedan in the shop until it shines, she couldn’t be farther from the farms of her childhood. In the rural, tribal village of Agh Mazar near Iran’s northeastern border with Turkmenistan, girls get married after hitting puberty and devote their lives to raising children.

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Maryam Roohani and her brother Reza polish a car at a detailing shop.AP

“I have sort of broken taboos,” Roohani said at the garage, where she

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