Cast Blog: #SHAHS

I Do Me

Asa discusses her style, her music career, and GG's anger issues.

Bravotv.com: What did you think of GG’s comments on vintage shopping?
Asa: The owner of Decades, Cameron Silver, was named one of TIME magazine's "25 Most Influential Names and Faces in Fashion" and he even has a "Cameron" bag that Hermes created just for him. And here's a little background on Decades for sheer appreciation of what this man has put together: it's legendary and a visual history lesson in couture fashion. Going shopping there is like a treasure hunt, you never know what you may find. . .a '70s YSL gown, original '80s Chanel gold earrings, an early '90s Valentino blazer etc. But what you do know for sure is that you will find a beautiful piece of fashion that you cannot find anywhere else!

Decades is coveted by every true fashionista, the brightest Hollywood stars, and style/fashion lovers who come from all over the world (NYC, Paris, Tokyo etc.) looking for something special (and by the way, most the vintage items in there are previously owned but UNWORN).

Almost all of today's fashion is copied from vintage pieces. Every great designer is inspired by vintage designs for their collections. It's one thing to not like vintage clothing, but to be into style or fashion and not pay homage to the greats before you would be ignorant. I've been collecting couture vintage since I was 10 years old and my collection is pretty epic. My close friends are stylists for style icons like Lady Gaga and Rihanna and they lose their mind every time they see my closet.

I seriously don't care what GG says about my style or the boutique I took her to. She and I are very different from each other. I don't need a stylist to tell me what to wear to my friends pool party and I definitely don't need to know what everybody else is wearing to a girls' night out to then decide what I should wear. That's NOT how I roll. I've always had my own style and don't need anybody else (or any magazine) to tell me what to wear or what not to wear. I DO ME.

For me, the most fun part of the day/night is playing some Prince and putting my outfit together. It's like a piece of art. "I think of fashion, of dressing, as art. I'm not about disposable shopping. Even my day wear is glamorous," is something Cameron Silver, the owner of Decades, says and I must agree with him.

Bravotv.com: What did you think of MJ being so late to GG's parents' anniversary?
Asa: You know, I understand when someone's late because they are working etc., but I personally like to let people know if I'm going to be significantly late (over three hours in this case). It's just having respect for your friends and their time, especially if it's somebody's parents' house.

And actually the only reason I even said anything to MJ at the anniversary party is becasue she had insisted to come pick me up "on the way" and that we should go together. After waiting for an hour for her, I decided to take my own car.

Bravotv.com: Talk to us about ladies night. Were you worried there was going to be drama going into the night?
Asa: Worried? No. I was excited to hang with my girls.

Bravotv.com: Were you surprised GG brought up MJs late arrival at the table? How shocked were you that Sunny stepped up to GG?
Asa: Sunny could relate to what MJ was saying about her work schedule and expressed this simply by saying that she can relate to that. Then of course, an argument started and GG, as usual, pops off. We are a group of young Persian women having dinner together, and it's very sad that GG is incapable of being in a group setting and not fighting. She pops off at every occasion she can and then claims that she did it in self-defense. Her whole thing has gotten tiresome to me.

Bravotv.com: Where you shocked that the Vegas situation came up again? And that once again Sunny got involved?
Asa: I couldn't believe again they started that whole "Anita's dress was 5 seasons ago" situation (yawwwn) and GG and MJ are both accusing each other of who really said what.

Look, it doesn't matter who said what first: When three girl friends are sitting next to each other at the dinner table and two of them whisper into each others ears something ugly and insulting about the third friend's dress, they are both in it. I think we can all universally agree that this is stupid and childish behavior and doesn't require any further discussion. Real girls don't act like that.

That type of ugly gossip, besides being utterly uninteresting, is very mean. After sitting through another hour of insulting Anita's "out of season dress," Sunny, being super real, was fed up and called out GG for being a mean girl. Sunny told GG that she is mean and needs to grow up. GG pops off, jumps up, and, in her usual form, and starts basically making fun of Sunny for having a job and saying the ugliest things to her. Things that made no sense and were super rude, like "Yeah go back to Santa Monica Blvd and make your little dollar," (Santa Monica Blvd is an area where prostitutes work)?

As I have said before, Sunny owns a multi-million dollar event business called While Lilac Inc. that she started on her own. Her clients are the likes of Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior. She has worked hard for what she has and has no time for BS, bullies, and mean girls. End.

Bravotv.com: How did you feel after the fight about GG? What do you think of her attitude and anger issues?
Asa: I calmly told her that what she did was rude, then left with Sunny.

I hear GG talk about her anger issues and express that she needs therapy, but I also see her being proud of how aggressive she is and that she barks like a rottweiler. I think GG has way too much invested in her aggressive behavior and her identity is pretty much solely based on the fact that she pops off in any given situation. It's much harder to navigate through a difficult situation by finding solution versus yelling or jumping at someone. To me it doesn't look like she wants to change.

At 30, if she wants to have real relationships in her life, she will have to grow and evolve. And like with most things, she will certainly not evolve until she admits to herself that she is the aggressor and the very source of drama and not the victim.

Bravotv.com: How was it watching Reza deal with his family issues? Were you shocked to see how difficult everything was for him and his father?
Asa: It was amazing to see the unfolding of emotions for them both as they were opening up to each other. It was like a dam of held back feelings that were finally released. Through open communication, they pierced through years and years of darkness and went straight to each others hearts. I am so so so happy that Reza has reconnected with his father. I can only imagine how deeply they have missed each other.

Bravotv.com: On a lighter note, what’s happening with your music now?
Asa: I'm so excited, am working on my debut album! I've been writing and working on some epic dance songs. This Persian Pop Priestess (PPP) is hoping to have the album out this summer.

We're shooting the "Tehrangeles" video this weekend and will premier it on April 15th with the finale of Shahs. The "Diamond Water" video is next. I really cant wait for that one -- it's going to be a visual feast. I love creating, its when I feel most like myself.

Bravotv.com: Can you tell us a little bit about what inspired “Gold”?
Asa: "GOLD" was the very first song I ever made. Bunny and I wrote it about three years ago and never released it. The story of how it all started is really cool. So I was working on this photo project with a good friend of mine, amazing photographer Gitte Melgaard, and we took this super dope photo of me in a gold bathing suit sitting on my gold low rider bike next to my house in Venice and holding an AK47. I loved this photo and felt that was the only one photo in history has summed me up was this one. So, I showed Bunny the photo and said to him "Wha choo no bout gold?!" and we both looked at each other and it clicked. The next day we went in the studio for like 18 hours and recorded "GOLD." And the rest in history.

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Bravotv.com: The season finale is next week. Can you give us any hints about what's to come? Will you and GG make peace?
Asa: Oh the season finale is going to be EPIC! You will have to watch and see what happens!

Want to know what Reza thought of the episode? Read his take here.

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Reza: Jessica Came With an Agenda

Reza talks about the disastrous dinner with Mike and Jessica and gives his thoughts on Asa's performance art.

Bravotv.com: Did you have fun at MJ's photo shoot?

Reza Farahan: I had a blast with MJ at the photo shoot, and I'm always amazed at how comfortable she is with her body. She is definitely a role model when it comes to loving yourself at any size. My only issue was with who she was doing it for. She really deserves someone who can give her what she wants and needs in life. She needs to stop settling.
Bravotv.com: What did you think of Asa's performance art?

RF: I thought that Asa's performance art was very cool. The fact that she has a message and the balls to announce said message on Hollywood Blvd is very impressive. As far as the message itself, I agree, woman should have the right to chose the veil. My personal opinion, though, is that the veil is a symbol of oppression, and I don't agree with it.


Bravotv.com: Were you surprised how the dinner with Mike and Jessica went down?

RF: I was very shocked that Mike allowed the reconciliation dinner to go south. If he was smart, he would have asked Jessica to hold all of her insults for a later date, maybe two or three dinners later, once we were on better ground. Jessica was clearly not interested in reconciling. She came with an agenda, and her agenda was to insult us, point fingers, and to let us know loud and clear that she doesn't "give a fuck about any of us." Jessica is impulsive, and she never gives the crew any respect. She's making her issues with Mike an issue between her/Mike and the crew. I truly don't know why they invited us to dinner. It was a disaster.

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