Growing up as an Iranian American woman, I always looked to the television and dreamed of being in the modeling and acting industry. But I definitely had my doubts - I felt very underrepresented and like many young girls, horribly insecure in myself, my looks and my capabilities. I wanted to change every part of myself that was different and exotic. I didn’t like my curls, my thick eyebrows, my thighs, my height, nothing. Now that I am older and a little wiser, I want to tell that young girl - that being yourself is BEAUTIFUL, regardless of what society tells you. Individuality is beautiful. Being smart and confident in who you are, and your ethnicity, is more beautiful than having a thigh gap. I think it is so important to instill the idea of confidence in young women, especially those who feel like they are not represented and seen. I feel, being the child of immigrants, that telling the trials and tribulations of immigrants is so important especially in this political climate.
It has been my career goal to be in social justice projects, and I have acted in and created multiple shorts with different themes that I am passionate about (LGBTQ rights, politics, etc.) Currently, I am in a film on Netflix, called The Pirates of Somalia which further explores some of these topics. My biggest career goal is to be involved in social justice projects that tell the truth on marginalized people, and hopefully shift the perspectives of those who support the injustices of our government today. I think that is our biggest responsibility as artists, and that is our power. Every family, no matter what color, what country you’re from or what religion you are, deserves to be treated with respect and compassion, and to have rights. If I can change one situation, one person, one little girls beliefs through art - then I will be happy.