Birth name: Mehriban Pashayev
Date of Birth: 26 August 1964
Place of Birth: Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation: Doctor, the head of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, founder of charity organization “Friends of Azerbaijan Culture”, politician, first lady of Azerbaijan.
Famous for: This amazing woman is most famous for being a very active first lady of Azerbajan and for leading one of the most prominent and successful Azerbaijan organization – the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.
Mrs. Aliyeva has received France’s prestigious Legion d’Honneur
In 2010, UNESCO’s Director-General Irina Bokova awarded Aliyeva the UNESCO Mozart Medal “for strengthening the intercultural dialogue”.
Mehriban Pashayeva was born into a family described in Wikileaks cables as “the single most powerful family in Azerbaijan.
Mehriban married Ilham Aliyev (the current president of Azerbaijan) in 1983. She was only 19 years old.
Mehriban has two daughters and one son. Her daughters are also very beautiful and well known in Azerbaijan and beyond.
Since 1995, through her charitable foundation “Friends of Azerbaijan Culture”, Mrs. Aliyeva has enlightened the world about the countries’ cultural wealth, while working to ensure its conservation at national and regional levels through such manifestations as festivals, exhibitions, cultural events and concerts.
The Heydar Aliyev Foundation builds more schools than Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Education, more hospitals than the Ministry of Health, and conducts more cultural events than the Ministry of Culture.
In 2004, Aliyeva became a designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
In Azerbaijan’s 2005 parliamentary elections, Mehriban was elected to the National Assembly of Azerbaijan.
Aliyeva has received many awards for her humanitarian work and is considered as one of the most influential figures in present Azerbaijan.
Many people in Azerbaijan believe that if Mehriban decides to run for the presidency in the future she would easily win the presidential race.
Mehriban Aliyeva in one sentence – Mrs. Aliyeva is everything that a woman can be: beautiful, intelligent, well educated, charismatic, powerful, emotional, a mother, a wife, a doctor, a politician, a humanitarian worker, and more.
Always remember that true beauty comes from within.