I am not a country of solely black haired Persians, dear anonymous. Though, I assume much of the perception the world has of me is just that.
((It’s not surprising that a lot of people have the impression that Persians, let alone Iranians, all have the same features. The image of the black haired and brown eyed Persian often comes to mind when one thinks of Iranians, but this image is disingenuous to the massive diversity within Iran. Persians make up over a little of half the population in Iran, with a substantial percentage of non-Persian Iranians. Take into mind, Iranian is not an ethnicity, but a nationality in the modern context, so it’s not in any way surprising that your friend had light hair, it’s not impossible for an Iranian to have light hair or light eyes, dark hair with light eyes, dark skin or light skinned or in between, and so on. I’ve mentioned it before, but aside from Persians, there are other ethnicities within Iran, there are Kurds, Azeris, Gilakis, Talysh, Mazandaranis, Arabs, Balochs, Bakhtiaris, Loris, Assyrians [Atoraya], Pashtuns, Armenians, Georgians, Iranians of Russian and Ukranian descent, Qashqais, Iranians Jews, Turkomen, Mandaeans, Hazaras [nominally Afghan refugees], Iranians of African descent [and in fact, many people are unaware that there are Afro-Iranians at all, to read more about them within the context of Iranian society, I suggest you read an article by a good friend of mine, Beeta, on Ajammc], etc. Among all these groups of people, physical characteristics are wide and varied, as they would be in any multicultural+multiethnic society or country. I’ve depicted here, firstly, the Bandaris of the South, an area with Iranian Arabs and Iranian Africans. Second, the Qashqai, a nomadic and pastoral turkic-speaking group. Third, Gilanis [note: Gilan is a province, not an ethnicity, but there are natural blondes in the North of Iran because of Russian or Georgian presence, Azeris can also have natural blonde hair, as well as Kurds from particular areas of Kurdistan] in the North of Iran. And lastly, miss Beeta, who is Persian, and a group of Persian and African Tehranis. [note: obviously, even within ethnic groups, no one has the same look to them.]
thank you all for having patience with me! Life has gotten busy again so I’ve been a little slow. Sorry about that!))