Asa Soltan Rahmati

Asa explains why she and the rest of the gang didn't intervene in Lilly and MJ's standoff.

on Nov 13, 20130

The journey of getting Diamond Water off the ground has been very emotional for me.

And the hard work never stops. The beautiful bottle we designed is so unique that it's been very challenging to mass produce. As an entrepreneur and an artist, I start with my vision then figure out how to create it physically. Never the other way around. Many people are limited from the get-go. I think that when you have a dream or a project, it's critical to keep your mind wide open with your inspiration and not be tied to any limitation. With your dreams, you have to keep your mind limitless. Then, when the vision is there, you can work on the details of making it possible.  

This season, you will be with me every step of the way of making my dream come true, and it certainly was not without challenges.

Seeing Reza and Adam move in together makes me so happy. I'm very proud of Reza as he has been really challenging himself this past year, and it's been an amazing time of personal growth for him. A year or two ago, this move would have been inconceivable. They are great for each other, and I wish them the best in life.

Mike and Reza working together. The way Mike talks about their professional relationship sounds more like a mentor-type deal.  But I was always under the impression that they were going to be partners, meaning both put in equal work. Sometimes two people have different work ethics and are simply not compatible to work together. I think this is one of those situations, in which case it's best to break up professionally to save the friendship.

It was hard for me to watch the scene with Leyla. I'm happy that both Golnessa and MJ are there for her personally and professionally through these hard times. But Leyla is a tough girl and will get through this victoriously.

I have to say I'm a bit over the whole RSVP thing. That horse is so dead. And as far as the argument between MJ and Lilly, they had a bunch of things to say to each other that had been building up for a while, and they did. Sometimes when people start arguing about BS, I just tune out. And that truffle pizza was mighty delicious. 

None of us got involved in that boob sisters face-off because it was between MJ and Lilly and very little to do with any one of us.  We all have had plenty of input and voiced our positions on the whole thing -- this was finally their time to face each other.

Oh, and I think my punchline after every dumb fight from now on is going to be "You're not gonna finish your steak?"

45 comments
Toeknee
Toeknee

And here I thought your are all about peace and positivity.....there goes your crown

fibrofogged
fibrofogged

There are too many diamond waters out already. What makes yours so special?

katiedidmomsaid
katiedidmomsaid

I think that was a pretty mean and unpositive like thing to say. remember what you believe in...if positivity brings you good the things its true in the opposite as well. be careful that the negativity you espouse in order to be relevant doesn't contribute to your demise...

grandiose
grandiose

OK  you call yourself a Priestess, a lover of peace??? and you let this conversation go that way??  You ask about a steak...that was not cool.  Sometimes the RIGHT thing to do is not always the EASY thing to do.  Remember...they were not always 'receptive' to you either!

susanzavagli
susanzavagli

someone should have at least followed her out to see she was ok and give her a little hug

foxysquirrel
foxysquirrel

I still can't believe that you would just let Lily get up from the table like that and no one said a word. I thought that was very mean by all of you. I am not a Lily fan, but that was down right mean and heartbreaking. Would you want that to happen to you?

housewifefan2012
housewifefan2012

Asa I was shocked that none of your friends said out loud that your looked extraordinary  at the party. Your blue dress and your hair and make up was stunning!!! You looked like royalty. I thought that Reza would at least make a big deal over it but even MJ did not say that you looked great. What kind of friends are they that they could not give you that? You were the best dressed person there. You should be very proud of yourself. Well done!!!

NJ-Roses
NJ-Roses

Asa, those beautiful diamond water bottles are going to end up in the landfills.  They are pretty, but so not worth the money.

CreoleRed504
CreoleRed504

NOONE gets involved when it has something to do with MJ, but everyone sticks together when it involves Gigi or Lily.  You've got to be kidding me.   Right is right and wrong is wrong.  MJ is over 40 years old- she acts 25, and looks 45. If she can't figure out how to dislodge her head from her boobs and RSVP then she should have been left out in the cold.  She uninvited herself.  I think all of you could use a lesson in etiquette and friendship.

susanzavagli
susanzavagli

Lily opened that argument  did she come to dinner just to address MJ it seened that way....I thought it was funny watching everyone eating while the battle was going on......you;re not going to finish your steak was priceless.......GG should shut her trapp when she drinks too much and that goes for MJ too

Sansi
Sansi

First of all, it s rude to not respond to an invite. MJ was not going to respond, she only did the day before because Reza instigated the situation. I don't believe for 1 minute that MJ was planning to go to the party, Reza went & convinced her. You guys staying quiet instead of being a friend to Lily was wrong. And all of you being upset at Lily for not changing her seating & making room for MJ was ridiculous! MJ was wrong no matter how u put it.

hunnierins
hunnierins

Asa, let me preface this to say that you are now one of my favorite most Persians in the world, although my world is somewhat lacking in the Persian department, you would still be near the top even if there were a million Persians I knew. When I first saw you and the beginning of last season you drove me bonkers. I didn't understand anything you did. I re watched last season and have been watching like a fiend this season. I just want to say I appreciate your voice. I think that we only see a small part of you. You speak your mind and you come from a culture that frowns upon that for women. You love the people in your life. You really want to share yourself with the world. I think I am sounding like a butt kisser, but I am not. I am normally critical of a lot of the bravo-realities or or reality people. I believe you will inspire not only Persian women, but women in general. Like I said in the beginning of my mini rant, I appreciate you and your voice. You also have a bit of a donkey booty that could put the Atlanta Housewives to shame.

msmith76
msmith76

Asa I think you are full of crap.  When MJ told ASA that none of these people are your friends you should have spoke up and said wait a sec I'm Lily friend and your friend MJ.  Lets get this stright.  At the en dof th eday you are a coward.  MJ is jealous of Lily and has been since day 1.  This fight is really about that.  MJ wanted to control how she attended the party well it did not work.  You guys have maladaptive behavior.  It is time someone taught you all the proper respect.

Jtedeschi
Jtedeschi

MJ--your line about Lily and Coconut circling back to Texas solidified in my mind that ur my kind of girl, and I don't like many, lol. Awesome.

kcat
kcat

You know, normally, I don't like you, you are abrasive and self-centered (so it appears) -- but your comment about the boob sisters had me rolling on the floor!    It was so funny watching you POINTEDLY eating your pizza while they were hovering over you arguing -LMAO! 

Bigwednesday
Bigwednesday

I don't know about diamond water. The idea that even a fraction of diamond in it is scary. I am sure there is nothing diamond in it...I HOPE!

Strange that NO ONE foresaw the whole diamond water bottle fiasco before it went into production in the factory. I think that is scary in and of itself...what else was overlooked?

girlymom
girlymom

if u  wanted a diamond shaped bottle, why didn't you make the bottom half wide and top half narrow so it wouldn't tip over, the design also has to be functional for real life. I hesitate to buy a water "infused" with anybody's so-called  love energy---its creepy! Keep it simple  and  you would go farther with it.

Dreid123
Dreid123

1. Why is your face always so greasy???? 2. Your hair is a hot mess! 3. Your songs are horrible! 4. No one believes that that little ass diamond you stuck on your forehead and the tank you were spooning will filter cleansing properties to their body! (Funny how the one in your price range was the perfect diamond! Lol! Even the jeweler was laughing! 5. We know the Jackson's are broke which is why your man can't help! I really was hoping you didn't return!

SaraJan
SaraJan

 Let your mom be and live however she likes... Plz... just quit trying to change the world

sheribuds@yahoo.com
sheribuds@yahoo.com

Those machines can be tweeked. We go through that with our bottles in the new co. I work for. We started out hand tightening, and we has ridged caps. So lots of blisters upon blisters. About 10 of us could put out 100,000's of bottles. You have wrong crew in production.  Our co. has boomed in 5 years....shouldnt get that machine yet.....way to expensive for new co.   We havent even paid that much for one yet, and our product is in walmart, home depot.....Dont want to name of co.( not sure if I can)  Takes years to go through the corp ladder in major stores. Way to early to spend that much/ Find people who are willing to sweat for you. Take care of them later!

taniasveta
taniasveta

Asa...are youtrying to sell water that people like to drink or..trying to sell the water because you think your bottle is so pretty? If bottle is not practical...it is not pretty, hire a designer to make it beautiful and practical...and don't spend bazilion of dollars for machines because your bottle shape can be changed for less money than purchasing machine just for yyour bottle...people will not be able to use it for drinking...it will spill too easily. thanks

bibitron2000
bibitron2000

Asa - Let me start by saying I really like that you rock tight clothes even though you have a curvy body! When my husband saw you in the red skirt he said "is that Asa or ASSa!" ha! He liked what he saw! Way to rock that power-booty girl! 

 

Now about that dinner party - you normally seem pretty reasonable but I thought it was heartless that you (and the gang) didn't try to mediate the fight between Lily and MJ. If you are all friends with each of them individually, wouldn't it make sense to facilitate a truce between them? 

 

I have to be honest and tell you that I'm not that into the whole "pop priestess" thing. I think it was a fun idea but you took it to heart WAY TOO MUCH. Referring to yourself as "pop priestess". Talking in the third person isn't cute it's arrogant. 

 

BTW - what up with you and your Jackson boyfriend?

 

 

SwimCards
SwimCards

Last week you lectured your mother on healthy eating and this week as MJ and Lily argued you were seen putting food in your mouth every shot you were in.

Darschell
Darschell

I think you are despicable.  I think all of you are that, but especially you.  I used to admire you so much, but now I see you for the fake ass whack job you are.  First of all, not responding to an invite is low class; disrespectful and shows no social skills at all.  MJ was wrong and Lilly should not have invited her at the last minute.  Apparently, you were not taught the ins and outs of etiquette.  BUT, to sit there feeding you face and not acknowledging Lilly as a friend was so cruel.  Persian Pop Priestess, my ass.  You are just a low life want to be.

Nastybaby
Nastybaby

I find you to be pretentious.  

bjunebug28
bjunebug28

Asa, I get the whole "art" and "vision" thing, but having a diamond shaped bottle will not sell that water - having quality water will sell the water.  Besides, the bottle's irregular shape looks like it will may tip over even when it's sitting on a flat surface.  People like a great idea, but it has to be workable in the real world.  And why didn't you do a simple cost analysis before production?  The first thing you should have asked yourself was, how much will it ultimately cost to make this product, and how much can I sell it for - you haven't gotten past the first stage!

SelaLeah
SelaLeah

Too bad Asa didn't watch Supermarket Superstars-- if she had pitched her ridiculous bottle to them, she would have been shot down.  The bottle can't stand upright- how are they going to stack on retail shelves?  Who is going to want to buy a water bottle that will fall over and spill every time you set it down?  The diamond cap is better suited for a perfume bottle than a water bottle.  Hope Mama Asa isn't holding her breath waiting for plastic surgery from diamond water revenue.  Since PersiaPalooza was such a hit, maybe Asa should stick with being a PPP and leave the water making to people that understand even iconic bottles have to be functional.

shysharon
shysharon

maybe you didn't all get involved in the argument, but you didn't all sit there and eat through it, either! nice going

GGik12
GGik12

Oh Lord. What is with the Intergalatic, galaxy crap talk you talk about your water. It's water with added minerals (like most waters out there) and you "infuse" and I use that loosely your 1 diamond in it. Okay. Good luck with that. But regardless, you need a lesson in business. #1) you should have designed the bottle and gotten estimates before manufacturing the bottles. Simple business sense and practices calls for that. Once you have proven metrics you then manufacture a small test run (500-1000) and run them through the machines to see if there are any snags. Then you go back and FIX your freaking design to best meet the brand and cost needs. Geez Louise is anyone mentoring you? And personally, think about your users. Do you think they will care about the cap? Put the money somewhere else b/c if you spend so much money on the bottle and bring the cost of the water up, consumers are not stupid, they know they are paying for a fancy bottle and then will just go buy Aquafina for their thirst needs. Again, good luck.

LilyL
LilyL

Who would design a bottle and cap for mass production and not have a clue how that works?  Someone not spending their own money and someone not very bright.  

 

And as if your fights are so not dumb.  LOL.  You stood with MJ by not contradicting her statement to Lilly that you were not her friend.  Silence speaks volumes.  You all are nasty.

taniasveta
taniasveta

yes, it did look unprofessional the way these people presented you with completely dysfunctional machines. Those people that told you that late in the game that they do not have machines to process your bottles are pulling your legs. Where they sleeping on the moon? is this the first time they working on a project like yours to know better? It was embarrassing that bottles where already manufactured but nobody was awake to tell you that they do not fit into the machines? and now they want bazillions of dollars FROM YOU TO fix it? i would sue them for being so out of touch with what they are done to you. 

shivaperre
shivaperre

You have redeemed yourself this season so far, stay out of peoples battles and you'll be fine.

Best of luck with your Diamond Water.

AmyAnthony
AmyAnthony

You were right not to get involved in the fight.  BUT, I will say that you are no business woman.  You should have talked to folks in manufacturing prior to designing that ridiculous cap!  You should not be this surprised by operating costs this late in the game which means you have no idea what you're doing, and I am shocked that any investor would hand over funds without having a solid business plan in hand.

msmith76
msmith76

MJ is an idiot and it shows. Lily is a classy chic. 

suze1
suze1

 @kcat

 I also think she's a big coward. how can you be so simple as to not see mj's just plain jealous of lily. now reza doesn't like her either. I guess you have to drink yourself stupid to be friends with this group.

susanzavagli
susanzavagli

 @kcat

 it was comical watching Asa making love to her pizza in the middle of a Persian war she was not going to let anything come between her and the pizza

msmith76
msmith76

I think Asa should have put the pizza down. She is a coward.

susanzavagli
susanzavagli

 @girlymom

 I agree with the design the weight needs to be in the base and the cap is a problem

Dreid123
Dreid123

@Nastybaby I totally agree! ASA, 1. Why is your face always so greasy???? 2. Your hair is a hot mess! 3. Your songs are horrible! 4. No one believes that that little ass diamond you stuck on your forehead and the tank you were spooning will filter cleansing properties to their body! (Funny how the one in your price range was the perfect diamond! Lol! Even the jeweler was laughing! 5. We know the Jackson's are broke which is why your man can't help! I really was hoping you didn't return!

cinchy
cinchy

 @SelaLeah I think the bottle stands up by itself.  I think it's just that it doesn't stand well on the conveyor belt. 

sheribuds@yahoo.com
sheribuds@yahoo.com

 @taniasveta

 Those people are lazy....you tweek the machine....figure out where they fall, put some one there to guide them....  Done it still doing it......Hand tighten bottles, doesnt take as long as you think when you get 10 workers....you pop out 100,000's. No way should she get that  new machine. Will sink her. Bottle is prob to expensive already to make a go of it.