The standard of beauty is different all around the world. Some believe a woman is beautiful if she has curves while for some a lean and thin body would do. Beauty is so much more than what meets the eyes. And the women I’m going to talk about are the perfect examples of it.
Princess Fatemeh Khanum “Esmat al-Dowleh” was the princess of Persia, modern-day Iran. She was the daughter of King Nasir al-Din Shah Qajar, who ruled Persia from 1848 to 1896, and one of his wives Taj al-Dowleh. And nobody ever fails to notice her thick mustache, unibrow, and the fact that she doesn’t have the traditional lean and thin body that women are supposed to have.
This might not be a beauty standard today where women aren’t supposed to have any body hair. But in 19th century Persia, women having a thin mustache and unibrows were all the rage.
While people laugh off looking at a picture of a princess that resembles a man. But Esmat wasn’t a man. She was one of the most influential women and princesses from the Qajar dynasty, a rather disgraceful dynasty in Persian history. Be that as it may, Princess Fatemeh was a strong-willed woman.
She was one of the most photographed women at King Nasir’s harem. And most of her photos were taken by her husband himself. But it wasn’t because she checked every button of the beauty standard of the 19th century Persia.
Her father trusted her enough to give her the responsibility of serving as the host for all the female foreign guests to the court. “Princess Qajar” wasn’t afraid to take risks and even went against tradition when she learned to play the piano or become a photographer. Her father even built a private studio in her home. She was a competent woman who was able to bring her husband back to the country by influencing her father and convincing him to do so.
The history of “Princess Qajar,” shows that a woman is not beautiful just because she has a slim figure and a pretty face.