The “Princess Qajar” Meme: Junk History and Conceptions of Beauty

Dr. Victoria Martinez joins to debunk and explain Junk history is embodied a viral meme that portrays a nineteenth-century Persian princess with facial hair, alongside the claim that 13 men killed themselves over their unrequited love for her. While it fails miserably at historical accuracy, the meme succeeds at demonstrating how easily viral clickbait obscures and overshadows rich and meaningful stories from the past. It’s junk history! Episode 548.

Here’s the link to Dr. Martzinez’s post:

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