Born and raised in Los Angeles in a traditional Persian family, like many of my cousins and friends I applied to go off to Law School after college, but I couldn't stay there. I decided to break with my culture and follow my heart into a field I was internally drawn to…. design. The more I designed shoes, jewelry and other products, the more it felt like the right thing for me to be doing. So now I believe that design is part of what I was designed to do. I guess you could say that design is part of my divine blueprint. I believe that honoring my blueprint helps me bring to the world new patterns of behavior and equality for myself and for all women in the future. In my culture, a woman's value and status are determined by her marriage.