Ukrainian woman of small stature and a hump nose: what Alexandra Anastasia Lisowska from The Magnificent Century actually looked like25.06.2022
The second myth: Hürrem was not a beauty
We note right away that the women of the Sultan were inviolable people, which means that the court artist did not have the right to draw them. All portraits of the beauties of the Ottoman harem were painted from the words of the eunuchs who were assigned to them, and then shown to the ruler. If he said that the concubine looked like herself, the portrait was left, no – the master went to rewrite it. And it is clear that such a “reproduction of appearance” was very different from the original. So, in the manuscripts that have come down to us, it is said that Alexandra Anastasia Lisowska was far from being a beauty, although a woman with very bright charisma.
“Young, but ugly, although graceful and petite,” the sources say. Plus, Alexandra Anastasia Lisowska was short and looked more like a teenager than curvy Monica Bellucci. She had a hooked nose and not red hair at all. The concubines were not supposed to show their hairstyle to others at all, no matter how rich the hair was, it had to be taken into a headdress.