Behold! The Beauty Symbol of Persia From The 1900s

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Scroll down to feast your eyes on princess Zahra Khanom Tadj es-Saltaneh (1883 – 1936) who was considered the ultimate symbol of beauty in Persia during the early 1900s. So much in fact, it’s rumored that 13 men killed themselves because she rejected their love.

This woman was considered beautiful in Persia in 1900s.

Beauty standards have changed drastically over the time. In 19th century Persia, the Western tastes were not dominant. So of course, they had beauty standards of their own. The more masculine a woman was, the more beautiful she was considered. The opposite was also true for men.

This woman was considered beautiful in Persia in 1900s.

This woman was considered beautiful in Persia in 1900s.

This woman was considered beautiful in Persia in 1900s.

This woman was considered beautiful in Persia in 1900s.

This woman was considered beautiful in Persia in 1900s.

This woman was considered beautiful in Persia in 1900s.

This woman was considered beautiful in Persia in 1900s.

This woman was considered beautiful in Persia in 1900s.

How drunk you’d have to be to date this lovely lady? Leave your estimates in comments!

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  1. I’m in love!

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  2. She was an idol indeed, but not for her looks. Look at her Wikipedia page.

  3. I think I saw this before here.

    • Anonymous May 3, 2021

      I want to make a totally irreverent parody of this.

      – A young princess dies before she can be married off. She broke her neck when she tried walking in heels for the first time.

      – The political power of the Royal family depends on the princess marrying.

      – The Royal family covers up her death, and quickly snatches a pretty-looking orphan boy, who kind of resembles the princess, to stand in.

      -The stand-in is only meant to be temporary, while they figure out what to do. But the orphan boy blackmails the Royal family, so he can keep eating sweets (which he never had as an orphan).

      – The orphan boy hits puberty, looking less like the princess almost overnight. Also, he becomes very chunky from eating all those sweets.

      – The Royal family pretends that the “princess” is the most beautiful girl in the world. They convince prominent figures to spread the word about her beauty. No one wants to contradict the Royal family, so they all go along with it.

      – Word spreads about “the most beautiful girl in world”. Suitors travel from distant places to ask for her hand in marriage.

      – Some of the suitors realize the scam, and kill themselves (really they fake their own deaths in hilariously dramatic ways) to get out their marriage proposals. One suitor continues to pursue the “princess”, despite knowing the truth, because he is actually a closet case.

      – In the meantime, the Royal family has been looking for another replacement (an actual woman, so they can marry her off to produce heirs). However, now they have to find a lookalike for this chunky, sweets-addicted, mid-puberty, boy.

      – They find a replacement, and lure the boy away with an elaborate treasure hunt for candy. He gets lost on his treasure hunt, and they think that’s the last they will see of him.

      -The new replacement princess gets married and has a few kids, but the husband soon loses interest in her. She runs into the boy princess and convinces him to stand in for her while she pursues her true passion of painting scat art.

      – The secretly gay suitor decides to travel for a while after being rejected by the boy princess. He meets a dashing young man on a train. They fall in love and he finds the courage to come out to his family. His family rejects him, but they were a-holes, so he isn’t surprised. He and his boyfriend move into a flat together and make a living in stand-up comedy.

      The end. Lol.

      Before anyone says it, I know I’m going to hell. I’m also very aware that I’m not right in the head.

  4. It’s not true, but who cares? It’s not funny either!

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  5. Yeah, it’s awesome to make fun of people for the wrong reasons. It’s even better if you manage to make it not funny at all

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  6. Thought it was Ron Jeremy.

  7. I have never been that drunk!

  8. That is 100% a dude. There have been cases when the prince or princess is autistic or gay or whatever, so to hide that royalities would pretend their child is of opposite gender or do other things.

    • just sayin' January 30, 2020

      There are cases where people who haven’t got a clue write any old shit that comes into their head.

      “She was married to Sardar Hassan Shojah Saltaneh, an aristocrat and the son of the defense minister Shojah al-Saltaneh. They had four children. “

  9. Whether a it is a man or woman: money, power, prestige, fame, or lots and lots of alcohol generally makes a person much more attractive.

  10. Not enough beer in Germany…

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  11. I was certain this was a hoax, but one related link I found was “Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards: Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian Modernity”, Berkeley, 2005.

  12. Sorry, she’s a he, Really need physical proof on this one, UGG!

  13. She is as ugly as any other feminist.

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    • Anonymous July 25, 2020

      U know what?! That kind of ugly femenist and stupid girls can disappear you from the earth by their ugly faces reflection get away from your life🙃

  14. I’lltickyou March 8, 2020

    This is hilarious

  15. First of all, you show 2 different people here. Princess Fatemeh Khanum or “Esmat al-Dowleh” (pic 1-3). She was born in 1855 and died in 1905, so she couldn’t be a symbol of anything. Secondly, in spirit of patriarchal Persia of 19th century and her status she was most likely married at age 9-10, and no one ever hit on married princesses. There is 0 proof to any claims of lovers who took their lives. She was not considered the beauty of Persia.
    Another woman (pic 4) is Princess Zahra Khanum “Taj al-Saltaneh”. This lady is impressive. She was Esmet’s half-sister and lived in 20th century a little longer (1884-1936). She was a writer, a painter, an intellectual, and an activist who hosted literary salons, a trailblazer for women’s rights in Iran. She was one of the first woman of her status to get a divorce, and the first woman in court to take off hijab and start wearing western clothes.

  16. Goats sux June 25, 2020

    Shit, i thought IT was a man dressed up

  17. That is completely disgusting!

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