Iranian Empress Farah Pahlavi: The Woman Who Brought Modern World To Her Native Country

Date July 24, 2018

The question of whether women play a big role in the world is no longer up for a debate. Even if they role may seem not the most important, like the British Queen, their influence is spread through the men making the choices next to them. Wise women know how to stay in the shadow and, at the same time, remain prominent figures and use their opportunities.

Farah Pahlavi, the Empress of Iran, is a perfect example of a gorgeous woman who was always there for her husband, the last Shah of the country, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and silently took part in all of his decisions. This highly-educated and stylish woman became not only a good friend to her husband, but also helped her fellow countrymen rise to a higher cultural level.

Mohammad met his future wife in Paris in 1959, at a reception at the Iranian embassy, ​​where Farah was introduced to the Shah as one of the students in his country. By that time, the girl had already finished her studies in Tehran and came to France to obtain a degree in architecture.

The Shah fell in love immediately and suggested Farah marry him, despite the 20-year-old age difference between them. Despite his feelings, Mohammad was responsible for the country. He needed heirs, as the two previous marriages gave the Shah only one daughter.

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Soon, they celebrated their wedding, and in due time, the family welcomed a boy – the long-awaited heir to the throne. In total, Farah gave birth to two sons and two daughters.

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was happy with the family reinforcement and was proud of his beautiful wife, who gradually began to contribute to the cultural development of the country. Thanks to her efforts, knowledge of languages, ​and her ability to perceive art, she managed to return paintings that were previously exported from Iran, open new museums, and buy paintings of the country's many unknown artists.

She also played a big role in preventing Iranian women from covering their faces and hands. As the country’s fashion trendsetter, she introduced her compatriots to fashionable European-style clothes. She even managed to get permission to release the magazine Playboy in Iran!

Assessing the mind, education, and culture of his wife, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi decided to make her the Empress. This title has not been used in the country since the 7th century. For such case, they announced a competition for the manufacture of the crown, which was won by the house of Van Cleef & Arpels. Elegant jewelry was created in a year; its weight was about four and a half pounds.

The company also made necklaces and earrings with huge hexahedral emeralds for the Empress. The total weight of used jewelry was about 2,000 carats.

The solemn ceremony of the Empress coronation took place in 1967. It was an incredible event!

In 1979, Iran was shaken by the revolution. Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was forced to leave the country with his family. Unfortunately, the unbearable grief, senior age, and various illnesses didn’t leave any chance to the last Shah, and a year later, in 1980, he passed away.

Widow Empress Farah Pahlavi and her children changed the host country several times until she was invited to the US, where she now lives with two children and grandchildren. Two younger children – son Ali-Reza and daughter Leila – died at the beginning of the century due to the reported suicides.

In 2003, Farah published the book “My Life with the Shah,” which quickly became popular around the world.

In October 2018, the Iranian Empress will celebrate her 80th birthday.

We wish Farah Pahlavi long life, health, and happiness with her children and grandchildren.

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