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Meet Princess Qajar: The Beauty Symbol of Persia in 19th Century

Each culture has its own beauty standards. Over the years, the standards of beauty have evolved. With each passing day, trends are changing, and what was considered beautiful before maybe not be seen as the same anymore.

Let’s put some light on Persian culture. Back in the day, the definition of the term ‘beauty’ in Persian culture was pretty different from Western understanding in the 19th century. At that point in time, Persian Princess Qajar was the symbol of beauty in Iran. Continue reading further to catch deep insights into the life of Princess Qajar.

What were the beauty standards in Persia in the 19th century?

When we talk about the standards of beauty in Persia in the 19th century, they were completely different from the beauty standards of today. At that time, in Persia, masculine features in women were also found very attractive. On the other hand, feminine features were appreciated in men.

Then, women with heavy brows and faint mustaches were considered attractive. They would often use mascara to paint and thicken their mustaches and eyebrows. In 19th century Persia, eyebrows that were stretched out and joined in the middle were seen as the most attractive. Then, Persian poets used to compare that type of eyebrows with cupid’s bow.

On the contrary, men were doing their best to be slim and delicate. The Iranian women found young beardless men with slim waists and delicate features attractive. At the start of the 19th century, Iran began opening up to Western cultural influences. And soon after, the Iranian standards of beauty got replaced with Western ones.

What did Princess Qajar write in her memoirs?

As per a report by Iran Wire, in her memoirs, Princess Qajar stated that the most important detriment to women in Iran was their own ignorance of their rights. She wrote, “Alas. Iranian women are separated from the human species and are among the beasts and wild animals. From morning until night, they live despairingly in an enclosed space and spend their lives suffering from immense pressure and misery.”

Taj went on to say, “They read in newspapers how the egalitarian women of Europe defend their rights, and of how seriously they demand them. I want to travel to Europe and meet these women and tell them, ‘While you are blissfully and nobly defending your rights and victoriously attaining your goals, cast a glance at Asia; take a look at the houses with their high walls, with just one opening, which is the entrance door, guarded by a doorkeeper…  [In these houses, women live] under the chain of captivity and unquestionable power, some with broken heads and hands, some pale, some hungry and naked, some waiting, moaning all the while.”

She added, “I’d tell them again: ‘These are all women. These are all human beings. They are all respectable and worthy of appreciation. See what a life they are living.”

When did Princess Qajar die?

Princess Qajar died in the year 1936. She passed away at the age of 54. According to various media outlets, she was buried at Zahir ol-Doleh Cemetery in accordance with her will, a stone’s throw away from the graves of two of her sisters.

Princess Qajar was a fearless woman who expressed her thoughts about a vast variety of topics from love to her ideals candidly and openly. She was considered one of the most important feminist pioneers of the early twentieth century.

We just want to say that, ‘Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.’  So, beauty is something that doesn’t exist on its own, the observers create it. The story of Princess Qajar completely shuts down the ideal standards of beauty. We hope that one day, our society reaches a point where everyone feels beautiful and seen irrespective of weight, age, color of skin, or ethnicity.

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Alua Philimon

I'm Alua Philemon a Student of the Takoradi Technical University I offer Information Technology, many people know me as the TTU BLOGGER or ALUABLOG

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