Gay adult film star Sharok is no stranger to attracting the attention of his fans by publishing an extensive résumé for adults on platforms such as OnlyFans.
But last week, Sharok focused on his personal societal issues when he walked the runway for the first time at Louis Gabriel Nouchi’s Fall 2023 menswear show at Paris Fashion Week.
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An Iranian-American, Sharokh used couture close-ups to draw attention to Iran’s ongoing civil rights crackdown. In Iran, the government continues to arrest and execute citizens who express dissent.
The uprising began in September 2022 after Masha Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman, was arrested for not wearing a mandatory hijab cover as per regime rules. While she was at the police station, Amini was taken to hospital, after which she died under suspicious circumstances.
In the weeks and months that followed, Sharokh used social media to increasingly voice his outrage over the situation in Iran.
Being Iranian and part of a marginalized community means I can’t conscientiously continue to use my platform strictly for work. I am trying to do both monthly. #iranian Our homeland is in the midst of a revolution, and living in a diaspora means we are obliged –
— Sharok (@TheSharok) January 10, 2023
Unwilling to waste his time on the international stage, Sharok decided to use his appearance at Paris Fashion Week for a bigger and more important purpose.
During scenes with other male models on the show, Sharok unbuttoned his shirt and walked down the catwalk, chanting “Women. Life. Freedom while holding up a sign that read ‘Stop executions in Iran. Declared.
Images and videos of his runway protest quickly went viral online and caught the attention of major fashion outlets such as Vogue Italia.
As Sharok says outside He did not notify the fashion house in advance of his political statements.
#StopExecutionsInIran #IRGC terrorist https://t.co/nn52y7nlwV pic.twitter.com/efsDfeSg16
— Sharok (@TheSharok) January 19, 2023
“To say nothing and walk by me at a fashion show would go against everything I’ve been talking about over the past few months,” he told the outlet.
Sharok’s fans on Twitter couldn’t be happier with his bold move.
— Dion Pittman (@DionPitt1) January 18, 2023
Thank you for using your platform to help people.
— Kirby 33 (@ Kirby 335) January 20, 2023
— Arabelle Raphael (@ArabelleRaphael) January 18, 2023
Since his fashion protests, Sharok has continued to use his social media for activism, as well as highlighting the inspiring work he’s best known for.
Whether using his platform with good intentions or showing off his physical assets in his films, there are several reasons to show your support for Sharok.
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