Iran's Beauty Queens Past and Present


Taraneh Keysa

Taraneh Keysar - 1978


Taraneh Keysar

Taraneh Keysar - 1978


Taraneh Keysar

Taraneh Keysar - 1978



Taraneh Keysar - 1978


Taraneh Keysar

Taraneh Keysar - 1978


Taraneh Keysar

Taraneh Keysar & Miss Iran Finalists - 1978


Taraneh Keysar

Taraneh Keysar - 1978


Taraneh Keysar

Taraneh Keysar - 1978


Taraneh Keysar

Taraneh Keysar - 1978


Taraneh Keysar

Taraneh Keysar - 1978


1978 Miss Iran finaslis

1978 Miss Iran finaslist


1978 Miss Iran Competition

1978 Miss Iran Competition


Googoosh - 1978 Miss Iran  pageant

Googoosh - 1978 Miss Iran pageant


Haydeh performs at the Miss Iran 1978 Competiton  Homayra performs at the Miss Iran 1978 Competiton  Nasrin performs at the Miss Iran 1978 Competiton

Haydeh, Homayra & Nasrin perform at the Miss Iran 1978 pageant


Vigen performs at the Miss Iran 1978 Competiton  Shahram performs at the Miss Iran 1978 Competiton  Sattar performs at the Miss Iran 1978 Competiton

Vigen, Shaharam & Sattar perform at the Miss Iran 1978 pageant


1978 Miss Iran Competition

1978 Miss Iran Competition held at Tehran Hilton


1978 Miss Iran Competition

1978 Miss Iran Competition held at Tehran Hilton


Miss Iran Finalists - 1978

Miss Iran Finalists - 1978


Miss Iran Finalists - 1978

Miss Iran Finalists - 1978


Afsaneh Bani Ardalan

Afsaneh Bani Ardalan - 1977


Afsaneh Bani Ardalan

Afsaneh Bani Ardalan - 1977


Afsaneh Bani Ardalan

Afsaneh Bani Ardalan - 1977


Afsaneh Bani Ardalan

Afsaneh Bani Ardalan - 1977


Miss Iran 1977 Finalists

Miss Iran 1977 Finalists


Miss Iran 1977 Finalists

Miss Iran 1977 Finalists


Miss Iran 1977 Finalists

Miss Iran 1977 Finalists


Miss Iran 1977 Finalists

Miss Iran 1977 Finalists - 1977


Miss Iran 1977 Finalists

Miss Iran 1977 Finalists


Afsaneh Bani Ardalan

Afsaneh Bani Ardalan - 1977


Afsaneh Bani Ardalan

Afsaneh Bani Ardalan - 1977


Miss Iran 1977 Competiton

Miss Iran 1977 Competiton - 1977


Miss Iran 1977 Finalist Ghazaleh

Miss Iran 1977 Finalist


Googoosh perforoms at the Miss Iran 1977 Competiton  Googoosh perforoms at the Miss Iran 1977 Competiton  Googoosh perforoms at the Miss Iran 1977 Competiton

Googoosh performs at the Miss Iran 1977 pageant

Miss Iran 1977 Competition

Miss Iran 1977 Competition


Jelveh Palizban

Jelveh Palizban - 1976


Jelveh Palizban & finalist Afsaneh Baygan wearing a red gown

Jelveh Palizban - 1976


Jelveh Palizban

Jelveh Palizban - 1976


Miss Iran Finalist 1976

Miss Iran Finalist 1976


Miss Iran Finalist 1976

1976 Pageant


Miss Iran Finalists 1976

Miss Iran Finalists 1976


Miss Iran Finalists 1976

Miss Iran Finalists 1976


Shohreh Nikpour

Shohreh Nikpour - First in the 1975 Miss Teenage Intercontinental pageant


Shohreh Nikpour

Shohreh Nikpour - 1975


Shohreh Nikpour

Shohreh Nikpour - 1975


Shohreh Nikpour

Shohreh Nikpour - 1975


Shohreh Nikpour

Shohreh Nikpour & Farah - 1975


Soheila Jorjani

Soheila Jorjani - Miss Iran 1974


Sousan Hakima

Sousan Hakima - 1973


Sousan Hakima

Sousan Hakima - 1973



Sousan Hakima - 1973


Miss Iran Finalists 1974

Miss Iran Finalists 1973


Miss Iran Finalists

Miss Iran Finalists riding motorcycles


Miss Iran finalists

Miss Iran Finalists


Miss Iran finalists

Miss Iran Finalists


Roya Rouhani Moghaddam

Roya Rouhani Moghaddam, Miss Universe 1972, 2nd runner up


Roya Rouhani Moghaddam

Roya Rouhani Moghaddam


Roya Rouhani Moghaddam

Roya Rouhani Moghaddam


Roya Rouhani Moghaddam

Roya Rouhani Moghaddam (Center)



Roya Rouhani Moghaddam VOA PNN Interview


Miss Iran Finalists 1972

Miss Iran Finalists 1972


Miss Iran Finalists 1972

Miss Iran Finalists 1972


20 Finalists selected for the 1971 Miss Iran

20 Finalists selected for the 1971 Miss Iran


Mahvash Sobhi

Mahvash Sobhi - Miss Iran 1971


Mahvash Sobhi

Mahvash Sobhi - Miss Iran 1971


Mahvash Sobhi

Mahvash Sobhi - Miss Iran 1971


Mahvash Sobhi

Mahvash Sobhi - Miss Iran 1971


Nasrin Afshar Azadi

Nasrin Afshar Azadi - 2nd runner up Miss Iran 1971


Sholeh Zand

Sholeh Zand - 1970


Sholeh Zand

Sholeh Zand - Miss Iran 1969


Rita Jebelli

Rita Jebelli - Miss Iran 1969


Miss Teen Finalists 1969

Miss Teen Finalists 1969


Elaheh Azodi

Elaheh Azodi - Miss Teenage International 1968


Elaheh Azodi

Elaheh Azodi - 1968


Elaheh Azodi

Elaheh Azodi - 1968



Elaheh Azodi

Elaheh Azodi - 1968


Miss Iran 1968 Finalists

Miss Iran 1968 Finalists


Manijeh Etemadi

Manijeh Etemadi selected as the most stylish finalist - 1968


Elaheh Azodi

Elaheh Azodi & Finalists - 1968


Elaheh Azodi

Elaheh Azodi - 1968


Zan-e Rooz editor Forough Mesbahzadeh & Sima Izadjou

Zan-e Rooz editor Forough Mesbahzadeh & Elaheh Azodi - 1968


Elaheh Azodi

Elaheh Azodi - 1968



Elaheh Azodi

Elaheh Azodi - 1968



Elaheh Azodi

Elaheh Azodi & Miss Teen World Finalists - 1968



Elaheh Azodi

Elaheh Azodi & Farah - 1968


Miss Iran Finalists 1968

Miss Iran Finalists - 1968


Miss Iran Finalists 1968

Miss Iran Finalists - 1968


Miss Iran Finalists 1968

Miss Iran Finalists - 1968


Miss Iran Finalists 1968

Miss Iran Finalists - 1968


Miss Iran Finalists 1968 from Kermanshah  Miss Iran Finalists 1967

Miss Iran Finalists 1968 & 1967



Shahla Vahabzadeh - 1967



Shahla Vahabzadeh - Third place in the Teen Princess Pageant in Chicago 1967



Shahla Vahabzadeh - 1967


Shahla Vahabzadeh Shahla Vahabzadeh

Shahla Vahabzadeh - 1967


Shahla Vahabzadeh

Shahla Vahabzadeh - 1967


Shahla Vahabzadeh

Shahla Vahabzadeh - 1967


Miss Iran Finalists 1967

Miss Iran Finalists 1967


Miss Iran Finalists 1967

Miss Iran Finalists 1967


Miss Iran Finalists 1967

Miss Iran Finalists 1967


Miss Iran Finalists

Miss Iran Finalists - 1966


Mitra Nikanpour

Mitra Nikanpour - 1966


Mitra Nikanpour

Mitra Nikanpour - 1966


Mitra Nikanpour

Mitra Nikanpour (L) - 1966


Mitra Nikanpour

Mitra Nikanpour - 1966


Mitra Nikanpour

Mitra Nikanpour - 1966


Sima Izadjou

Sima Izadjou - 1965


Sima Izadjou

Sima Izadjou - 1965


Sima Izadjou

Sima Izadjou - 1965


Miss Iran Logo

Miss Iran Logo




The Miss Iran Pageant was formally started by Zan-e Rooz Magazine in 1965. The teen beauty pageant was scrapped after the revolution for obvious reasons. The former regime aimed at portraying Iran as a modern state and open to the world. Although most Iranians were traditonal, conservative and resistant to change. The beauty pageants and the women's sports program were part of the emancipation process. It was a very small step but many teenage girls and women benefited from these programs. The government created safe havens in some areas of the biggest cities (i.e northern Tehran, affluent suburbs of Shiraz etc.) and encouraged modernity. Young women mimicked the clothing and hairstyles of Farah Pahlavi. She herself was made up and posed to look like Audrey Hepburn. Foreign press was permitted only to make reports about this segment of the society. Of course, this was neither a complete nor a true picture of Iranian society.





Dokhtar Khoshfekr Pageant  Dokhtar-e Khoshfekr Pageant

The "Dokhtar-e Khoshfekr Iran" pageant started by Ettela'at Banovan Weekly


Dokhtaran Darya pageant started by Ettela'at Banovan Weekly

The "Dokhtaran Darya" pageant started by Ettela'at Banovan Weekly


Simin AmirNazmi Afshar  Simin AmirNazmi Afshar

Simin AmirNazmi Afshar beauty pageant winner - 1978


Zari Hariri

Zari Hariri winner of Ettela'at Banovan's Peyk-e Nik contest - 1963

Hippie Beauty Pageant

Hippie Beauty Pageant - 1969


Mitra Shashani - Miss George Washington U., 1960

Mitra Shashani - Miss George Washington U., 1960


Sepideh  Aylin, Sepideh, Shourangiz  Dinamik  

Sepideh, Aylin, Shourangiz, Dinamik and Googoosh winners of people's choice awards - 1970s


Ferdoosi Magazine Cover

Ferdoosi Weekly critical of beauty pageants



Image Credits: All images are from Iranian newspaper & magazine clippings which are now in the public domain. Some of the images were enhanced by adjusting the color balance. The Persian Blogs (Blogfa, Blogsky, Mihan Blog, etc.) are saturated with nostalgic images of Pahlavi Era women. This type of content may not be legal but is tolerated to a great extent.





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