NEW YORK, May 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Iranian American journalist launches perfume line after being fired for wearing perfume and nail polish at work in Tehran. New York-raised Shaghayegh Farsijani returned to the US after experiencing the weight of gender and religious oppression while working as a broadcaster at IRIB Channel 6 in Iran. Despite returning to the US, she has not allowed the oppressive fundamentalist regime to stop her from expressing herself. She has created feminine and human awareness that promotes the value of 'self choice' through her new perfume line, Desert35, and her eye opening novel, The Burden of My Red Lips in Tehran, which highlights the lives of young women in Tehran.
She says, "I never thought I would understand the value of choice in a capitalist country and living the American dream after being criticized for gender and religious reasons in Iran. I grew up in Brooklyn, New York and was just being my own female self in Tehran. I didn't think my gender had such an important role in my success." Shaghayegh Farsijani's story is a story of working hard to live a simple yet fulfilling life, while living her creative potential in a country that didn't approve of her personal growth. Now, she is using those experiences to her advantage. "This awareness is based on what I have created from my mind and soul; I chose not to be affected. I chose to not be nor remain a victim," she says.
She sacrificed a lot in a country that did not permit her to think independently, without judgments related to religion, gender or assumptions. "I knew I was headed for massive transformation with the pain that I was experiencing in Iran. Now, I value the pain, and I am determined to stay on the path for other females in the same position whether within or outside of Iran."
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