Famous Iranian Women

Throughout the history of Iran, the Iranian women have always played a major representative and fundamental role in its development. Despite the country's imposition on women's education, these ambitious Iranian women have never backed out of fighting for their rights which makes it quite commendable. They constantly pushed boundaries and their fights against societal mores won them victory in many departments like the politics and economics. Iranian women are not only in the spotlight for their crusader traits but also for their physical attributes. Their naturally beautiful aesthetics and their low-toned voice are few features that make them quite appealing. Even though the standards of beauty have changed from over the last 100 years, Iranian women still holds on to some of the age-old beauty beliefs like sporting long hair, thick eyebrows and some even manage to pull off a unibrow!

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 1 Christiane Amanpour

Christiane Amanpour
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 12, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
British-Iranian journalist Christiane Amanpour is best known as the anchor of the CNN interview show Amanpour. She has also hosted PBS’s Amanpour & Company. She was criticized for her biased and pro-Muslim coverage of the Bosnian War. She has also been a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression.

 2 Golshifteh Farahani

Golshifteh Farahani
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Famous As: Actress, Musician
Birthdate: July 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tehran

Golshifteh Farahani is an Iranian actress renowned for her achievements on the international stage. She is one of the few Iranian actresses to have worked in Hollywood films and many of her films have received international recognition. Farahani has also been advocating for the eradication of tuberculosis in her home country and often gets involved in environmental causes as well.

 3 Esther

Esther
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Famous As: Queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Achaemenid Empire
Esther from the Book of Esther was a Jewish queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus. While the king’s advisor, Haman, angered by Esther’s cousin, Mordecai, planned to kill all Jews, Esther reversed the plan with the king’s permission. The Jewish festival Purim marks the day the Jews murdered their enemies.

 4 Farah Pahlavi

Farah Pahlavi
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Famous As: Shahbanu
Birthdate: October 14, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tehran, Imperial State of Iran

Farah Pahlavi was the Shahbanu of Iran from 1961 to 1979, as the wife of Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Though she was not allowed to hold a political role, she worked for many charities and helped found Iran's first American-style university. She has continued her involvement in charity work even after her husband’s death in 1980. 

 5 Maryam Mirzakhani

Maryam Mirzakhani
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Famous As: mathematician, topologist, university teacher
Birthdate: May 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tehran

 6 Nazanin Boniadi

Nazanin Boniadi
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Nazanin Boniadi is an Iran-born English actress and activist best known for her portrayal of Nora in the popular American sitcom How I Met Your Mother. She has also played important roles in several other American television series like Homeland and Counterpart. From 2009 to 2015, Nazanin Boniadi served as a spokesperson for the popular non-governmental organization Amnesty International.

 7 Mandana Karimi

Mandana Karimi
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Famous As: actor, model
Birthdate: March 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tehran
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 8 Marjane Satrapi

Marjane Satrapi
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rasht, Iran

Marjane Satrapi is a graphic novelist, illustrator, cartoonist, children's book author, and film director. Satrapi achieved international recognition in the early-2000s after releasing her critically acclaimed graphic novels. She is best known for writing and directing an animated biographical drama film titled Persepolis, which received nominations at prestigious award ceremonies, such as the Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Golden Globes.

 9 Roxana

Roxana
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Famous As: Alexander the Great's wife
Birthdate: 0340 BC
Birthplace: Sogdia
Died: 0310 BC

Roxana was a Bactrian or a Sogdian princess who married Alexander the Great after the latter defeated Darius and invaded Persia. Roxana played a significant role in the life of Alexander. Hence, she is often included in the tales and stories that narrate Alexander's greatness and valor. In the 2004 epic historical film Alexander, Roxana is portrayed by Rosario Dawson.

 10 Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiari

Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiari
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Famous As: Former Actress, Second wife of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Birthdate: June 22, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Esfahan, Iran
Died: October 26, 2001

 11 Tomyris

Tomyris
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Iran

 12 Googoosh

Googoosh
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 5, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tehrān, Iran

 13 Sevdaliza

Sevdaliza
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

 14 Shohreh Aghdashloo

Shohreh Aghdashloo
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Famous As: Numerous starring roles on the stage
Birthdate: May 11, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

 15 Negar Khan

Negar Khan
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Famous As: actor, model
Birthdate: 1984 AD
Birthplace: Iran

 16 Stateira II

Stateira II
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Famous As: Darius III's Daughter
Birthdate: 0346 AD
Birthplace: Persia
Died: 0323 AD

 17 Shahnaz Pahlavi

Shahnaz Pahlavi
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Famous As: First child of the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Birthdate: October 27, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

 18 Shirin Ebadi

Shirin Ebadi
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Famous As: Human Rights Activist
Birthdate: June 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hamadan

Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights activist and lawyer Shirin Ebadi is known for her significant work with refugees, women, and children, and her countless books, such as Iran Awakening. In spite of being Iran’s first female judge, she found it difficult to establish herself in the male-dominated profession.

 19 Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 27, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

 20 Desiree Akhavan

Desiree Akhavan
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: 1984 AD
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 21 Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat
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Famous As: Artist, Activist
Birthdate: March 26, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Qazvin

Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat is known for her depiction of the dynamics that women share with Islamic cultural elements. Known for her multi-media productions such as Logic of the Birds, the UCB alumna who has worked in New York for a decade uses photography and films to express herself.

 22 Shiva Rose

Shiva Rose
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 8, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, USA

 23 Nusrat Bhutto

Nusrat Bhutto
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 23, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Isfahan, Iran
Died: October 23, 2011

 24 Zahra Khanom Tadj es-Saltaneh

Zahra Khanom Tadj es-Saltaneh
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Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: February 14, 1883
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
Died: January 25, 1936

 25 Aylar Lie

Aylar Lie
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

 26 Dorsa Derakhshani

Dorsa Derakhshani
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: April 15, 1998
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

 27 Helly Luv

Helly Luv
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Urmia, Iran

 28 Kimia Alizadeh

Kimia Alizadeh
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Famous As: Taekwondo athlete
Birthdate: July 10, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Karaj, Iran

 29 Fereshteh Hosseini

Fereshteh Hosseini
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 26, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

 30 Lina Leandersson

Lina Leandersson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 27, 1995
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Falun, Sweden

 31 Nasrin Sotoudeh

Nasrin Sotoudeh
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: May 30, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

 32 Narges Rashidi

Narges Rashidi
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Khorramabad, Iran

 33 Azar Nafisi

Azar Nafisi
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Famous As: Writer, Professor, Novelist, Literary critic
Birthdate: 1955 AD
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

 34 Zahra Amir Ebrahimi

Zahra Amir Ebrahimi
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Famous As: actor, photographer
Birthdate: 1981 AD
Birthplace: Iran

 35 Sahar Biniaz

Sahar Biniaz
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Famous As: actor, model, beauty pageant contestant
Birthdate: 1986 AD
Birthplace: Tehran

 36 Iran Eory

Iran Eory
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 21, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
Died: March 10, 2002

 37 Atefeh Sahaaleh

Atefeh Sahaaleh
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Famous As: Child execution
Birthdate: September 21, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mashhad Mashhad, Iran
Died: August 15, 2004

 38 Mona Mahmudnizhad

Mona Mahmudnizhad
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Famous As: Execution for membership in the Baháʼí Faith
Birthdate: September 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Aden, Yemen
Died: June 18, 1983

 39 Melika Foroutan

Melika Foroutan
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Famous As: Actress, known for Mediterráneo (2021), Tribes of Europa (2021) and Pari (2020)
Birthdate: 1976 AD
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

 40 Aravane Rezai

Aravane Rezai
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: March 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint-Étienne, France

 41 Enissa Amani

Enissa Amani
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: December 8, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

 42 Nina Zanjani

Nina Zanjani
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 1, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

 43 Monir Farmanfarmaian

Monir Farmanfarmaian
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Famous As: Iranian artist
Birthdate: December 16, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Qazvin, Persia
Died: April 20, 2019

 44 Jasmin Tabatabai

Jasmin Tabatabai
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 8, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

 45 Simin Daneshvar

Simin Daneshvar
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 28, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fasa, Iran
Died: March 8, 2012

 46 Zahra Nemati

Zahra Nemati
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Famous As: Archer
Birthdate: April 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kerman, Kerman Province, Iran

 47 Sarasadat Khademalsharieh

Sarasadat Khademalsharieh
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: March 10, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

 48 Marzieh

Marzieh
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 22, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
Died: October 13, 2010

 49 Susan Taslimi

Susan Taslimi
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rasht, Iran

 50 Fatemeh Rahbar

Fatemeh Rahbar
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1964 AD
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
Died: March 7, 2020

There are quite a few Iranian women who are lauded for their contribution in shattering stereotypes. Masih Alinejad, a journalist who is known for the campaign against legally mandated hijabs, Shahla Sherkat, another journalist fighting for women's rights, Nazanin Boniadi, Hollywood actress and the spokesperson for Amnesty International. But the list doesn’t end here! Read on and find out more about these Iranian women.