Meet The Beauty Symbol of Persia From The 1900s

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, the rumor has it that a total of 13 young men killed themselves because she rejected their love.

This woman was considered beautiful in Persia in 1900s.

The definition of beauty has changed drastically over the time. In 19th century Persia, the Western beauty standards 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.



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  1. Pitrell January 29, 2020

    “The definition of beauty has changed drastically.” An often heard assertion that does not become more true through repetition. The personal fetish of some artists and painters is then often used as proof that a whole epoch stood for morbidly obese people. The truth is that trendy hypes have little influence on the favouritism of a certain body image. With fashion = clothes, it looks quite different.

  2. Anonymous January 29, 2020

    Got to be photoshopped… Or just a bloke?

  3. goober January 29, 2020

    el chapo in drag?

  4. Anonymous January 29, 2020

    Obviously an heiress to a massive fortune, which is why dejected suitors offed themselves.

    Either that or a lot of guys were into tubs of lard with a unibrow and a mustache.

  5. Hirsute January 29, 2020

    This may very well be the influence behind the Instagram uni brow trend a few posts below, much like the condition Steatopygia possibly had / has on the desire for large posteriors…pure speculation, but an amazing coincidence.

  6. Anonymous January 29, 2020

    Or she may have been suffering from SIADH.

  7. Christopher January 29, 2020

    Probably the most bizarre costuming that I can’t reference. The short culotte skirts seem much more child like and something the clerics would have had her stoned for.

  8. Anonymous January 29, 2020

    Cushing’s Syndrome.

  9. Anonymous January 29, 2020

    Great Aunt of The Great Cornholio

  10. Anonymous January 29, 2020

    From Wikipedia: “Taj Saltaneh was a trailblazer for women’s rights in Iran and a feminist. She was a prominent founding member of Iran’s underground women’s rights group Anjoman Horriyyat Nsevan or Women’s Freedom Association (the Society of Women’s Freedom), working for equal rights for women circa 1910. She secretly organized and attended underground women’s rights meetings telling her children and grandchildren that she was attending religious sessions. She once led a women’s rights march to parliament and was an avid supporter of Iran’s constitution revolution.
    She was a writer, a painter, an intellectual, and an activist who hosted literary salons at her house once a week. She was fluent in Arabic and French and played the violin. She was the first woman in court to take off the hijab and wear western clothes. The first to write a memoir and a vocal critic of the monarchy- her father Naser el-Din Shah and brother Mozafar el-Din Shah’s rule. She blamed many of Iran’s problems then, including poverty, lack of education for masses and women’s rights, on incompetent monarchs. Her voice was a lone female voice advocating for change and democracy.”
    Sounds like pretty amazing person to me. But of course, I’m one of those idiots who believes what people think and do is far more important than how they look.

  11. Anonymous January 29, 2020

    What has been seen can not be unseen.

  12. Anonymous January 29, 2020

    She probably had PCOS, which causes women to grow mustaches and beards.

  13. Tim January 30, 2020

    Let me guess – this post was written by a white bloke?
    She was actually a trailblazing writer, painter, intellectual, and activist.
    But hey, she wasn’t super ‘hot’, so let’s make a joke about that. Lame efforts folks

  14. El Mediator January 30, 2020

    Maybe this website should be split into two sections… one titled Sad & Useless for people with a sense of humour, and one titled Kittens & Rainbows for those that are actually offended by everything they don’t find funny. I didn’t find this post funny either, but definitely not offensive, so I’ll stick to the former.

  15. White Bloke January 30, 2020

    @Tim: GFY

  16. Suzepoes January 30, 2020

    I honest to god do not see the difference between her and the women nowadays who don’t shave their armpits and legs and grow a unibrow.

  17. Anonymous January 30, 2020

    She looks like gru with a tan

  18. Lynda Gripton January 31, 2020

    Dear god, repulsive then and now.

  19. Darzola January 31, 2020

    She’s terrific,- had all that prestige, intelligence and courage. Probably a good sense of humour as well…The moustache, yes, could go somewhere else, but all things considered, she was hip!

  20. Anonymous January 31, 2020

    Wow, she seemed to be very daring for her times! That short skirt would get her whipped under strict Sharia Law. In fact, the one with the dress of the should look could also get her in deep trouble. I’m sure any woman who flaunts her female sensuality in public could definitely get her beaten to a pulp in present day Iran!

  21. Anonymous February 1, 2020

    That’s a man

  22. Anonymous February 2, 2020

    Photoshopped–photos from somewhat more reputable sites show a similarity, but these don’t look right. She adopted Western fashions–but bare legs? I don’t think so. She was a remarkable woman for her forward thinking and courage–and a perfect target for idiots on the internet. Grow up.

  23. Anonymous February 4, 2020

    That’s Guillermo from Jimmy Kimmel live.

  24. Toadstool February 21, 2020

    @Tim: virtual signal much? Easiest, cheapest way to get likes today is to hate white guys, it seems.

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