((The Qajar era (1796-1925) beauty standard sure was interesting. There is, however, an explanation for this. In Iran, the concept of beauty was not viewed as intrinsically feminine, in fact, it was not gendered in Iranian society and both male and female could perpetuate aesthetic and desirable ‘beauty’. However, Qajar society valued masculinity and the concept of beauty, amongst elite and upper class Iranians, was then masculinized—women, most notably in the Shah’s harem, aimed to render their features more masculine by joining their eyebrows together and growing facial hair. It was only until the the 20th century that Iran, taking from Western ideologies and concepts of sexuality and gender [as well as the the intrusion of the Farangi, ie the European/Western gaze, upon the intimate world of Iranian homosociality between both men and women, and the Western gaze perceived this homosociality as something to be condemned and as a symbol of “backwardness”], that the idea of beauty became solely attributed to femininity, to direct the Iranian male gaze towards the sexualized female, and heterosexuality was normalized as Iranian modernity and patriotism, whereas before the 20th century, bi-romanticism and bisexuality were not uncommon [in fact, the daughter of Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar, Taj Al-Saltaneh, wrote in her memoirs about an affair she had with a young seamstress she knew. Before her, Sufi poetry also used implied or explicit reference to love and affection between men, normally of age difference, as a spiritual aspect of Sufism and recognition of the Divine]. The beauty standard also shifted to emulate the aesthetic of the European woman as the conventional image of what is desirable.
The Qajar era was also a grave period of time for Iran, as the hallmarks of the time were political and civil unrest, extreme financial despair, and the notion that the Shah had sold out Iran to Western powers.
But Lebanon doesn’t care, he is just like gurl, who told you that was a good thing to do [this is why he plucks his eyebrows]))
(via ask-iran)the more you know! iran history beauty gender