We often bemoan celebs for dressing in clothes overly sexy and skimpy. But we rarely remember that at least they — and we — can wear those clothes… and that the only risk they take is bad press or a wardrobe malfunction.

But swimwear designer Tala Raassi, who hails from Tehran, sat down in our offices and recalled her own experiences that serve as a reminder. After feeling oppressed, sartorially and otherwise, in her native Iran, Raasi embraced fashion as a symbol of freedom. Now her swimsuit designs can be found on the contestants of Miss Universe.

Hear her story in the video above.

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