Mathilde Badji’s Sophisticated Couture Designs Rock Countless Red Carpets

A wonderful designer just came under my fashion radar and that is the amazingness that is Mathilde Badji. Born in Paris, France, Mathilde is of Senegalese descent. Her rich cultural background is represented in her sophisticated yet brightly colored and bold designs, which are a nod to her heritage. Mathilde’s mother is a skilled seamstress, so her talent is genetic. As a kid, when most girls played with Barbie dolls, she would make clothes for her little sister’s Barbie doll. She attended the prestigious Formamod Paris, where she graduated as a stylist and also modeled. At the fashion school, she was part […]

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First Iranian to be Inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame

On Saturday, May 19th, many celebrities and luminaries in the martial arts world and yours truly (!) will be inducted into the prestigious USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame at their gala at the Doubletree Hilton at 6161 West Centinela in Los Angeles. I will the first person of Iranian descent to be inducted into this prestigious hall of fame and be awarded amongst the likes of legendary actor and master Stephen Lang (Avatar), legendary action star Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Steve McQueen: American Icon opposite Mel Gibson), legendary action star Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop 1 and […]

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Excited to be Guesting on Joshua Berglan’s popular Morning Gratitude Podcast

I’m super excited to be guesting on Joshua Berglan’s popular Morning Gratitude podcast on May 14th at 9am PST. I met Joshua when he recently MC’ed the Entrepreneur Awards. He is a true inspiration and I’m honored to be guesting on his esteemed show. More about Josh: Considered to be a “master connector”and “dream designer” , Joshua T. Berglan has a gift for creating synergy between the products, brands, and people he represents. He utilizes his business development experience and esteemed connections to birth strategic partnerships and promotes those with whom he works.  Joshua’s ventures in business development, speaking, hosting, radio, […]

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Fred Segal x CFDA Sustainability Cocktail Party

Great time at the Fred Segal x CFDA Sustainability Cocktail Party. It was a pleasure to meet designer Behnaz Sarafpour, who was one of the event hosts. And I really enjoyed sampling her organic fragrance line. Like me, Behnaz is of Iranian descent and this line is a nod to her Persian heritage. Her pure rose scent is much like Iranian rosewater and her pure neroli (orange blossom) scent, reminds her of her mom’s hometown Shiraz, which is full of orange blossom. I also enjoyed checking out the cool vintage fashions sold to raise funds for the CFDA. It was […]

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Honored to be Awarded with A Trailblazer Award at the Universe Multicultural Film Festival

The Universe Multicultural Film Festival (UMFF) was held last Friday, April 6th to Sunday, April 8th. A number of events happened in 4 venues in Palos Verdes Peninsula cities. Hundreds of filmmakers from Hollywood and aboard met in the beautiful peninsula for a full 3 days of film, fashion, finance, and multicultural harmony. All events were open to the public by purchasing admission tickets online. The honorees of UMFF were nominated by audiences worldwide. I was truly honored to be presented with the Trailblazer Award for my efforts in acting and media. Being of Middle Eastern descent, I feel underrepresented […]

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Honored to be a presenter at The World Networks Entrepreneur Awards

Big congrats to all the awardees of THE WORLD NETWORKS (TWN) 2018 ENTREPRENEUR AWARDS! I was truly honored to be a presenter for my friend, the lovely Ester Plavdjian, founder of Club Pilates Noho. TWN founder, the lovely Lousine Karibian and her amazing team did an amazing job! Joshua T Berglan, CEO and founder of Live Mana Worldwide was a fabulous MC as well! Here’s the awardees: Leadership and Community Enrichment D’ANDRE LAMPKIN CO-FOUNDER, CARE STAFFING PROFESSIONALS CO-FOUNDER, D’ANDRE D. LAMPKIN FOUNDATIONTHE WORLD NETWORKS 2018 ENTREPRENEUR AWARDS   Leadership and Community Enrichment JESUS ANDRADE CO-FOUNDER, CARE STAFFING PROFESSIONALS CO-FOUNDER, D’ANDRE […]

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The Universe Multicultural Film Festival in Palos Verdes Peninsula

The 2018 Universe Multicultural Film Festival (UMFF) will be held this Friday, April 6th to Sunday April 8th. A number of events will happen in 4 venues in Palos Verdes Peninsula cities.  Hundreds of filmmakers from Hollywood and aboard will meet in the beautiful peninsula for a full 3 days of film, fashion, finance, and multicultural harmony. All events are open to the public by purchasing admission tickets online. The honorees of UMFF are nominated by audience worldwide and I’m honored to be one of them! The opening gala will be hosted this Friday, April 6th. The Masters of Ceremony […]

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The World Networks 2018 Entrepreneur Awards Gala

The World Networks Announces 2018 Entrepreneur Awards Gala Celebrating Extraordinary Entrepreneurs Who Are Making Positive Changes in the World Through Innovation Awards Gala on Tuesday, April 4, 2018 from 7-11 pm @ Legacy Ballroom in Glendale, CA. RED CARPET 7PM-8PM WHAT: The World Networks 2018 Entrepreneur Awards Gala Black Tie Red Carpet & VIP Networking Reception, Gourmet Full-Course Sit-Down Dinner Awards Ceremony, Live Entertainment and Surprise Announcement. WHY: An annual celebration of diverse global communities coming together to recognize and award the spirit, vision and heart of extraordinary entrepreneurs and their organizations and the positive impact these visionaries bring to […]

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Valley Film Festival’s Focus on Iran event and panel

The Valley Film Festival celebrated the Persian new year with a special screening of new films from Iran, one of them being Strangers in a Book, where I played the lead role of Sara. I also was a producer on this film. This event was called Focus on Iran and will took place on Saturday, March 24th at 1pm at Columbia College, Hollywood and I had the opportunity to be a part of their panel as well. I shared my experiences of growing up as an Iranian-American, while filmmaker Leyla Nejad (“Shackled”) spoke of her experiences growing up in Iran. […]

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Sue Wong Fashion Epic Retrospective and Lifetime Achievement Award

Renowned international fashion designer Sue Wong truly delivered an epic retrospective fashion show extravaganza of beauty, magic and transformation. The event captivated the audience with a glorious 67 piece archival haute couture collection that showcased Sue’s most exquisite work of the last 18 years. The astonishing collection included Renaissance to Deco as well as exotic Asian looks. In addition, Sue Wong was presented a truly deserved Lifetime Achievement Award by Erik Rosete of Art Hearts Fashion to celebrate her 50 years as an iconic designer.   The elegant venue of The MacArthur in the historical Wilshire District of Los Angeles […]

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