Badri Kermani Beautifies the Miss Middle East Beauty Pageant

Badri Kermani was a hair and makeup artist for the Miss Middle East Beauty Pageant, which was held at the scenic Museum of Contemporary Arts in San Diego. This pageant was founded by Ben Kalasho, the President of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce and he collaborated with Jessica Kalasho on this momentous event. Rosy Amaya was also a hair and makeup artist for this event.

Badri doing what she does best!
Badri doing what she does best!
Badri with Lily Ghalichi of the Shahs of Sunset at the pageant
Badri with Lily Ghalichi of the Shahs of Sunset at the pageant

Lily Ghalichi of the Shahs of Sunset was a judge and Rita Mezrahi of Claires Collections designed all the contestants dresses. Kermani, who is also San Diego based, recently styled hair and make-up for several noteworthy celebrities and Hollywood actresses for this year’s Academy Awards. Known for creating unique looks and iconic hairstyles, Kermani considers everything, from body shape to personality when creating a customized hairstyle for her clients. She looks at hair design as sculpting — an art form that requires constant refinement.

Badri preps a model for the show
Badri preps a model for the show

Kermani was a recent winner of the prestigious RAW Hairstylist of The Year Award at the 5th Annual RAW awards. This prestigious award recognizes creative professionals and artists who have excelled in film, fashion, music, art, photography, performing arts, accessory design, hair, and make-up design. The selection process narrows down a very competitive field to one winner per category in each city. These winners then go on to be evaluated for skill level, creativity, wow factor, and professionalism, by a national RAW panel of industry leading experts who then decide the national winner. For Kermani, who was 2012’s runner-up, winning this year’s award solidifies her reputation as a leading hair stylist in San Diego and Southern California.

Badri preps a model for the pageant's photo shoot
Badri preps a model for the pageant’s photo shoot

This artistic genius also recently won the best makeup artist award from the Samira’s Show Luxury Lifestyle Event.

Hair and makeup for this pageant contestant by Badri and her gown is by Claire's Collections
Hair and makeup for this pageant contestant by Badri and her gown is by Claire’s Collections

Certified by the Academy of KMS and the renowned Redken Salon & Training Facilities in New York City, Kermani focuses on creating unique and avant-garde looks. Her training and special vision was on full display during this year’s Academy Awards.

Kermani plans on carrying the momentum and exposure she developed from the Academy Awards into a truly passionate and artistic endeavor; designing hair and makeup for models and designers in Los Angeles’ high-powered fashion industry. Kermani and her skilled team are poised to create stylish and fashion forward hairstyles for not only Hollywood but also clients at her salon in San Diego and Los Angeles .
More info at badrikermani.com and
https://www.facebook.com/BadriKermaniHairstylist

Photos courtesy of La Jolla Visions/Photography by Javier Laos

 

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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Savanh Taymani has a Sizzling Hot Runway Show

Designer Savanh Taymani held her fashion show at Cutting Edge Productions in Torrance. Taymani was born and raised in  Vientiane, Laos. She lived in Paris for 15 years and follwed her dream to come to LA to builder her own fashion line SSS Apparel.  This cutting edge line is a new and exciting line of women’s clothing that combines unique style with a perfect fit. 
Designer Savanh Taymani with her models at the show
Designer Savanh Taymani with her models at the show
Model Struts down the runway
Model Struts down the runway
Model in a sexy design
Model in a sexy design
From the fine couture of her roots in Southeast Asia infused with the pioneering styles of Paris, designer Savanh Taymani débuts her innovative collection through interpretations of beauty and culture from Paris to LA. This collection incorporates women wear that transitions from day to night, from work to weekend, everything you need to be both fashionable and friendly. From the feel of our soft fabric, to the flawless fit and detail that goes into each outfit, you will be assured that you are on the cutting edge of luxury fashion and design. Not only will our clothes boost your confidence, but you will also be so comfortable wearing them that you might even decide to sleep in them. This wonderful collection will be a timeless addition to any wardrobe and you will find yourself wearing it for years to come.
More info at http://sssavanh.com/
Photos courtesy of SSS Apparel
Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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Actress and Singer Ha Phuong is a Style Icon

Autumn is renowned singer and actress Ha Phuong’s favorite season, and she wanted to incorporate the deep colors of the season into classic separates. The darker shades of foliage on her blouse as well as the bold blue of her pants allow her to artfully represent those striking elements. Ha is even artistic in her fashion sense as she conveys her style through nature.
Ha is a true stylesetter. Photo courtesy of Winston Burris/Burris Agency
Ha is a true stylesetter. Photo courtesy of Winston Burris/Burris Agency
The stylish top she’s wearing captures her elegant femininity through its lightness and delicate beading. It is easy to  wear and a great piece to dress up almost any outfit, especially the bold-colored slacks she chose here. She opted to wear a striking cobalt blue color as it embodies her hope for a happy, charitable, and peaceful future.
Ever the humanitarian, who created her own foundation for charitable work, The Ha Phuong Foundation, she hopes to lighten the burdens of those less fortunate, even through a simple outfit.
Closeup of Ha in her stylish outfit that evokes the fall. Photo courtesy of Winston Burris/Burris Agency
Closeup of Ha in her stylish outfit. Even though we are approaching the summer, Ha longs for the fall. Photo courtesy of Winston Burris/Burris Agency
 In 2014, her production company, HP Productions, executive produced a feature film “The Haunted Secret” with a strong cast including Andrew McCarthy, Richard Chamberlain, Kieu Chinh, Bai Ling, and starring Ha as the lead.

This accomplished young artist is the winner of many prestigious awards. She was a finalist in a national television competition growing up and additionally, the movie Ha Si Quan (Officer Cadet), in which she starred in, won second prize in film festivals nationwide. In the United States, Phuong collaborated with Gioi Nghe Thuat Productions, Asia Entertainment, and Thuy Nga Productions.

More info about this noted actress and singer at www.HaPhuongOnline.com

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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Pink Pump Affair Kicks Up Its Heels for Charity

Attorney General Kamala Harris,  actress/philanthropist Nicole Ari Parker, the Good News Foundation (Pat Harvey, Leslie Miller, Dorothy Lucey, Ana Garcia) and Bonnie Rubin, an Executive Vice President, 1st Century Bank) are honored as 2015 “Women of Distinction” at the can’t miss 7th Annual Pink Pump Affair to benefit Special Needs Network (SNN) . This upscale event will take place at the ballroom of the  swanky Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills on Sunday, May 17th from 2-5 PM. The highlight of the afternoon is a couture fashion show by high-end designer St. John with L.A.’s top models.

From left to right: Attorney General Kamala Harris and actress Nicole Ari Parker
From left to right: Attorney General Kamala Harris and actress Nicole Ari Parker

CBS2’s anchor and award-winning journalist Pat Harvey serves as MC and SNN president, lawyer and legal broadcast analyst, Areva Martin, hosts the SRO, star-studded event which begins at 12:30 pm with a VIP reception and red carpet. There’s also a live and silent auction. Approximately $200,000 is expected to be raised to send low-income children with disabilities and their siblings to summer camp.

Event flyer
Event flyer

Over 300 leading celebrities, politicos, philanthropists, influencers and activists participate in the prestigious organization’s biggest fundraising event of the year. Confirmed celebrities includes Loretta Divine, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Lauren Slade Wiggins (Shameless), Kristen Bellamy (Real Husbands of Hollywood), Catherine Bach (Dukes of Hazzard), Omarosa (Celebrity Apprentice), Kristian Alfonso (Y&R), Claudia Christian, Bai Ling, Drake Bell and many more.

This couture fashion shows the line’s inspired pre-fall signature designs accompanies high tea provided by the top chefs at the hotel. CV LUX Magazine and CBS2/KCAL 9 serve as media sponsors. Corporate underwriters include Toyota, Mattel, Kaiser Permanente, Walmart and Wear Luck Apparel who is matching every T-Shirt purchased during May with a like donation to SNN.

All proceeds from the event benefit SNN’s Parent Advocacy Mentor Program (PAM) and the Joe Patton Academy Camp (Camp JPAC) – the only free summer inclusion camp in South Los Angeles for kids with autism and related disabilities and their siblings. The summer camp benefits more than 300 local children.

For more info, go to http://snnla.org/

 

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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Amelia Johnson’s Candidacy for Mrs. Asia USA

The multi-talented Amelia Johnson hails from Angeles City, Philippines where she was raised in an entrepreneurial family running a successful restaurant business for over 40 years. Growing up in that environment really affected her and allowed her to to truly become a successful businesswoman who has also really focused on customer service. She continues to carry on the family tradition but has a very good eye for fashion and cultivated that know how. That brought her to the United States where she became an influential CEO of a self-owned “Elegant Style” fashion business. Eventually she returned to the trade of her upbringing where she became a successful manager of operations for a major US food chain. That brought her to the level of assistant to the Vice President, where she oversaw over 12 locations nation-wide.

The beautiful Amelia Johnson!
The beautiful Amelia Johnson!
Amelia is a red carpet stunner!
Amelia is a red carpet stunner!
Power couple...Celebrity photographer Mark Sevier with lovely Amelia
Power couple…Celebrity photographer Mark Sevier with lovely Amelia

Since then,  she’s also pursued career endeavors in the realms of acting, TV and film production, joining her skills, passion, and creativity to greater heights. Amelia currently is producer of the successful TV show “Broken Reeds”, a cable and satellite faith-based weekly series as well as starring in the upcoming soap opera“Love Lies and Deceit” and in the upcoming film “Radical”, a faith based action movie. She is also starring in Joss Gomez’s upcoming film “Among Us.” It’s a truly compelling and gripping tale and has it’s own genre, “Sci-Real,” as opposed to “Sci-Fi,” as it’s “Science Reality” and not fiction.

Amelia with actor, filmmaker and acclaimed journalist Joss Gomez on the set of Among Us
Amelia with actor, filmmaker and acclaimed journalist Joss Gomez on the set of Among Us
Amelia with the cast and crew of Among Us, with Joss Gomez and Solecito Vazquez in the center. Gomez wrote, produced, directed and starred in the film while Vazquez acted and produced the film
Amelia with the cast and crew of Among Us, with Joss Gomez and Solecito Vazquez in the center. Gomez wrote, produced, directed and starred in the film while Vazquez acted and produced the film

Not only is she pursuing her modeling career, but she is also a candidate for the prestigious Mrs. Asia USA 2015 contest based out of Los Angeles. Amelia is a natural beauty with effortless glamour, and her experience in the financial and customer service realms has given her much respect and appreciation in the City of Angels. Her limitless assistance in this community has touched singers, music producers, writers and others of the entertainment industry. This red carpet stunner is currently raising funds for her candidancy in this project. For more info on how to donate, please go to http://www.gofundme.com/acjohnson?fb_action_ids=10206765377956838&fb_action_types=og.shares

All photos courtesy of Mark Sevier

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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Gilt City Offers Guilt-Free Shopping

On Friday, May 15th and Saturday, May 16th, Gilt City will have their popular warehouse sale at Siren Studios at 6063 W. Sunset Blvd in Hollywood. Tickets go on sale at  www.gilt.com/LAWH

Some Gilt City goodies...
Some Gilt City goodies…

 

Attendees can sip cocktails with friends during this two-day shopping extravaganza, where they’ll find designer clothing and accessories from Gilt’s top brands for women, men, and kids, plus home décor and more – all at up to 80% off retail.

Hot Couture...
Hot Couture…

Hundreds of the most coveted brands, including both up-and-coming designers and the most venerable fashion houses like Zac Posen, Helmut Lang, Missoni, Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Badgley Mischka, Carolina Herrera and more will be presented at the sale. For the guys, think Paul Smith, John Varvatos, and GANT, just to name a few.

It's raining men! Menswear that is...
It’s raining men! Menswear that is…

Just in time for spring,  Gilt City is teaming up with the makers of Zyrtec to showcase the latest fashion and beauty looks for all of this season’s outdoor occasions. Shoppers can also enjoy complimentary on-site makeup applications and beauty tips to combat allergy face, the beauty challenges associated with allergies, such as watery eyes, a red nose and puffiness.

An excited shopper is all smiles as she checks out the designer bargains
An excited shopper is all smiles as she checks out the designer bargains

There will be complimentary drinks served including Palm Breeze sparkling spritzes, La Marca Prosecco, Darkhorse wines, Icelandic Glacial water, and snacks from Popchips.

On friday night, there will be an exclusive media session to Gilt City members. A very limited number of tickets are available for this session, so be sure to snag one quickly!

To attend, guests can purchase tickets for the following dates and times:

  • Early Access media session (limited number of tickets available for Gilt City members): Friday, May 15, 7PM-9PM, $25
  • Late Night Entrance: Friday, May 15, 9:30PM-11:30PM, $20
  • Saturday, May 16, 9AM-11AM, $10
  • Saturday, May 16, 11AM-1PM, $10
  • Saturday, May 16, 1PM-3PM, $10
  • Saturday, May 16, 3PM-5PM, $10

 

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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Ten Year Anniversary of the Westwood Library

The Westwood branch public library celebrated its 10-year anniversary on May 9th . They saluted a decade of learning, literacy, community and fun. There was a special appearance by Harry Potter and a musical performance for the award-winning Bruin Harmony, UCLA’s only all-male A Cappella ensemble. There was also a visit with LAFD firefighters from Westwood Village’s fire station 37, as wells as special presentations with Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz, Steve Sann,Chairman of Westwood Community Council, City Librarian John Szabo, President of the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Roozbeh Farahanipour, Board member of the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Elham Yaghoubian, and other dignitaries.

Roozbeh Farahanipour President of the West LA Chamber of Commerce, Board members of the Chamber Greg Martayan, Elham Yaghoubian, Farangis Siahpour and Steve Little Board member with Police Captain Tina M. Nieto, Commanding Officer West Los Angeles Area in the center. Photo courtesy of HPC
Roozbeh Farahanipour President of the West LA Chamber of Commerce, Board members of the Chamber Greg Martayan, Elham Yaghoubian, Farangis Siahpour and Steve Little Board member with Police Captain Tina M. Nieto, Commanding Officer West Los Angeles Area in the center. Photo courtesy of HPC
Bookish type...Harry Potter book cake by Cake and Art Bakery. Photo courtesy of HPC
Bookish type…Harry Potter book cake by Cake and Art Bakery. Photo courtesy of HPC
Tasty cupcakes from Delphi Greek's award-winning pastry chef Rana Pourarab. Photo courtesy of HPC
Tasty cupcakes from Delphi Greek’s award-winning pastry chef Rana Pourarab. Photo courtesy of HPC

There was also an amazing anniversary cake by Cake and Art Bakery decorated with classic books such as Hamlet, To Kill a Mockingbird, and the Shahnameh as a respectful nod to all the Iranian-Americans who visit the library. There were also tasty cupcakes courtesy of Farahanipour’s award-winning pastry chef Rana Pourarab, with each cupcake decorated with a fondant mini book. Never has reading been so tasty!

City Librarian addresses the audience. Photo courtesy of HPC
City Librarian John Szabo addresses the audience. Photo courtesy of HPC

There was also a concert by the UCLA Gluck Fellows Brass Septet Concert as well as one from soprano Susanna Lucarelli. Teens enjoyed custom airbrush tattoos and kids enjoyed magic tricks from Tony Daniels as well as Thor’s reptile family safari.

West LA Chamber of Commerce in full force! From left to right: Board members Elham Yaghoubian with President Roozbeh Farahanipour, LA City Councilman Paul Koretz and Board Member  Farangis Siahpour. Photo courtesy of HPC
West LA Chamber of Commerce in full force! From left to right: Board members Elham Yaghoubian with President Roozbeh Farahanipour, LA City Councilman Paul Koretz and Board Member Farangis Siahpour. Photo courtesy of HPC

“I’m so excited as Board Member of the Friends of Westwood Library to be celebrating this branch’s 10 year anniversary. We do have largest selection of Persian books in all of the Los Angeles area Public Libraries and excited to have the Shahnameh in our celebration cake as one of main books in our community. I hope this year we will see more participation from the thriving Iranian- American community,” said Farahanipour.

Mark Rogo, past president of the Friends of the Westwood library, Steve Sann, Chairman of Westwood Community council and board member at Friends of the Westwood Library, Shahla Chamanara Senior librarian, Westwood Branch manager and Janet Turner, Field Representative & Constituent Services Congressman Ted W. Lieu, CA 33. Photo courtesy of HPC.
Mark Rogo, past president of the Friends of the Westwood library, Steve Sann, Chairman of Westwood Community council and board member at Friends of the Westwood Library, Shahla Chamanara Senior librarian, Westwood Branch manager and Janet Turner, Field Representative & Constituent Services
Congressman Ted W. Lieu, CA 33. Photo courtesy of HPC.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be a part of this great celebration as a board member of the Chamber of Commerce and especially as an author, “ added Yaghoubian, who is also the director of networking and outreach for the Authors of the Westwood Library Committee.

 

 

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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Introducing Feature Artist Pastele!

Singer/Songwriter Pastele shoots an exclusive photo shoot in West Hollywood, amongst local graffiti art and hollywood culture.  May 5th 2015

The colorful edgy recording artist is known for her combination of visual art and music. Knowing, that Pastele attended NYC’s Fashion Institute of Technology for illustration, it’s probably a given for her to enjoy modeling in front of inspiring street art in Los Angeles CA.

The photos are vibrant, funky, and fun while Pastele poses with attitude showing off her artistry. The interesting thing about this girl, is that, she’s heavily inspired by the Jamaican culture, and often crosses her music over into reggae and dancehall. Pastele has spoke about major influences in her music such as Gwen Stefani, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Bruno Mars, and Pink which explains how she is able to merge pop culture and the reggae/dancehall world.

Pastele, is set to feature on a major single coming out with artist/producer Mr. Wonder this month called “Falling”. The song is describe to tie in reggae, hip-hop, and a bit of a slowed down DJ Mustard vibe as well as having reggae artist Lutan Fyah, feature on one of Pastele’s singles.

The latest release by Pastele right now, is her Official Music Video “Lazy Lazy Love” which combines a sensual beautiful video and paint on bodies, definitely worth checking out. The song has a funky reggae beat with up-stroke guitar while Pastele sings in a lower register into a powerful loving chorus. It’s great how this artist keeps to her brand and uses paint and art in almost all her photos and videos!
We can’t wait to see more from this artist and hear all she’s got coming out, should be a good year for her. It’s about time the industry takes a daring dive into music with more culture and wordily influence.

First look at Pastele’s latest shoot here!


Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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