I’m the First Person Of Iranian Descent to be Inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame

On Saturday, May 19th, I was the first person of Iranian descent to be inducted into the prestigious USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame at their gala at the Doubletree Hilton in Los Angeles. Many celebrities and luminaries in the martial arts world were inducted as well, so I was truly in great company and I was bestowed with the Trailblazer Award. So all those kickboxing classes paid off! Other celebrities awarded at the gala were 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 […]

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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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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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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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Global Fashion Exchange + Bead & Reel’s GFX Hollywood Inaugural Swap

Since I’m all about eco fashion, I was excited to attend Global Fashion Exchange and Bead & Reel’s GFX Hollywood Inaugural swap for a boutique swap experience in the heart of Los Angeles at the brand new FF-1051 Gallery. Hosted by Global Fashion Exchange in partnership with Bead & Reel, they had an epic event that was a chic new side of pre-loved fashion for men and women. Attendees brought their best clean, gently-used clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry, and accessories that they would love to give to a friend, and exchange them for fresh, beautiful styles for themselves! I had a blast at the event and […]

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The Gilt Sample Sale

Getting your shopping on this holiday season! The Gilt Sample Sale is popping up in LA on December 8 & 9 at Siren Studios on Orange, with discounts on designer duds like never before! For the first time ever, they’ll be offering an additional 70% off already reduced prices. Shoppers can expect to see brands including Chloé, Valentino, Tibi, Sandro, Maje, The Kooples, Derek Lam, Helmut Lang, Jimmy Choo, Tom Ford, Paul Smith, John Varvatos and more. The sale will feature men’s and women’s fashions and accessories, as well as kids, home and decor pieces. I’ve gone a number of times and […]

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