Iranian Beauty Queens: Past & Present
Beauty, while prized by all women, is especially celebrated in the Iranian culture. Why do you think Iranian women
are always amongst the most stylish, perfectly coiffed and made-up women, in addition to their other, more internal
qualities? The desire for attainment of physical perfection amongst Iranian women is illustrated by their constant
grooming in the thousands of beauty salons that have endured even the Islamic regime. It is this beauty that the
Islamic regime has tried in vain to suppress and hide behind drab clothing and restrictive hejab. In 2002, after
more than 2 decades of Islamic rule, Iranians tried to organize for the very first time a pageant called the “Qualified
Girl” contest. Immediately, they drew the ire of hard-line newspapers and individuals who vowed to risk their lives
so that this contest would not take place. Just goes to show you how much these religious fanatics are afraid of
beauty. Before the revolution, beauty contests had attained great popularity in Iran, with a frenzied national voting
system to rival that of American Idol. Today, Iranian women in exile from their country have continued this tradition,
entering contests and organizing them as well, and of course winning awards all over the world. These pictures try
to capture Iranian beauty queens from the past to the present.
(Daughter of Spring) in
|Miss BritishColumbia 2001.
first runner-up Sahar Biniaz
in 2003’s Miss Canada Teen
Dokhtar Shayesteh Iran (Miss
Iran) in 1968, Elaheh Azodi.
2001’s Miss Ontario,
|Miss Iran Shahla
Vahabzadeh in Chicago
the International Teen
Princess Pageant, 1967.
Miss Colorado USA 1996
Googoosh: People's choice for
Miss Iran 1974.
Mariam Massoudi, Miss Stockholm
Sousan Hakima, Miss Iran 1973,
leaves for the Miss Universe
competition in Turkey.
Miss International Sweden 1999.
Nazanin Afshin Jam
Miss World Canada 2003
Miss World 1st Runner up 2003
Beauty Of The Americas 2003
Miss Sport 2003
Miss World Canada 2005.