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The legendary "Princess Qajar” is actually a conflation of two 19th-century Persian royals — Fatemeh Khanum "Esmat al-Dowleh" and Zahra Khanum "Taj al-Saltaneh.”

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. But in the age of the internet, it sometimes takes a few more than that to get to the truth of the matter. Though images of “Princess Qajar” have gone viral in the last couple of years, the true story of this mustached princess is complex.

Social media posts have claimed that she was, for her time, the epitome of beauty. Some posts have even gone as far as to say that “13 men killed themselves” because she spurned their advances. But though claims like these brush against the truth, they don’t tell the whole story.

This is the true story behind the viral images of “Princess Qajar.”

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