Mar20

Look at the Brain on Shahs of Sunset’s Lilly Ghalichi

The overabundance of hair, boobs and lashes. A dog that only walks in circles. A Birkin in a dirty Mexican nightclub. Three solid reasons why Shahs of Sunset and, more specifically, Lilly Ghalichi is a guilty pleasure. But in addition to her glam squad and Barbie-esque proportions, she has brains, too. A savvy business woman, the well-coiffed reality star will be in town tomorrow for a trunk show at Alene Too for her swimwear line, Have Faith Swimgerie, and her lash line, Lilly Lashes. I leapt at the chance to get the scoop on this fellow fashion blogger and her time on TV. 

What’s your favorite suit from the line? 

It’s called Sailor Barbie, and I wore it on the yacht on Shahs. It’s our modern twist to the retro high-waist bikini. To make it younger, we cut the butt really sexy. It’s not a thong, and it’s not a Brazilian. We like to call it a braz-ong. We sold it with a striped underwire top. It’s sold out but it will be back next month.

Do you ever model your own bikinis?

I don’t. Thats my one thing when I was starting my company that my parents, who are very conservative, were very strict about. They made me promise to never model my bikinis. I don’t want to be the model anyway. I’m actually really self-conscious. There are so many beautiful girls with beautiful bodies who rock them during our photo shoots, so I will leave that up to them.

OK, wait, now we have to go back 10 steps because you said you are insecure, but you look incredible. We watched this episode of you at the gym killing it. You work hard for that body. What are you insecure about?

I work out so hard. Most people think I starve myself, but that’s not true at all. I probably eat more than most people because I want to get my protein in so I can hit the gym hard. I guess I’m shy because I was raised to not show your body, not to be sexy and not be in a bikini. I think it feels like I am doing something wrong by doing that. I think there are so many different emotions going through my head.  I am by no means perfect. I have stretch marks, I have cellulite. I try to be as healthy as I can be, but no one is perfect.

How do you feel about being called Persian Barbie. Does it create an expectation that’s hard to live up to? 

I think it’s flattering. A lot of people ask me if I like it as though it’s a degrading thing. I’m not insulted by it at all. I’m an attorney. I have two businesses under my belt and for someone to call me a Persian Barbie is really rewarding for me because at times I feel like I’m neglecting my looks or not giving them enough attention because I work so much. So to be given props on that level, I love it. What girl doesn’t want to be Barbie?

You’re an attorney and a Barbie. What’s it like being the complete package?

I get a lot of e-mails from women telling me I’ve inspired them to stay in school or to start a company and not just care so much about being pretty or finding a husband. It’s important to be an independent woman. But that doesn’t mean you can’t also be beautiful and sexy. We don’t need to just be trophy wives, we can be so much more than that. And I’m happy to represent that. Hopefully that comes across. I feel like they portray me to be a little more obsessed with plastic surgery than I am. But at the end of the day it is a reality show.

Tell me about the lashes. When did this come about?

Lilly Lashes was an idea that came about while filming. I’m all about over-the-top hair and makeup and I was disappointed with the synthetic lashes. And the human hair lashes were too short or thin, so I went to the source, a factory, and got to see what they could make. I only select lashes with invisible bands so when you peel it off, it’s just one strand of fishing line-type wire. There’s no band to put liner on and cover. Because of this, you can stack them. For day you can just wear one, but for night you can put one on top of it. You can find them online at lillylashes.com and at my trunk show.

Do you ever just leave the house without the hair, lashes and makeup?

Almost every single day. I have two extremes. I’m either in sweats with no makeup and hair in a bun, or I have a glam squad. You will never catch me in jeans with light makeup. I don’t have that in between. More often then not, like today, I’m in sweats with no makeup.

What’s up with the boyfriend situation?

I’m single and ready to mingle. You can send any tall, dark and handsome men you know to Alene Too in Boca tomorrow.

Who on the cast do you adore? 

Reza. I’m obsessed with him. I know he says he is obsessed with me, but multiple that by two and that’s me. He is even more charming in real life. He can be a shit, I will give him that, but he is lovely. Asa and Mike, are close behind him. We have a real friendship.

How has the show changed your life? Is your line taking off? 

My life has changed in so many ways, mostly for the positive. For my business it was the best decision of my life. You cannot buy that kind of advertising. The show reaches 2 million-plus viewers an episode sometimes and that’s 2 million-plus people who learn about your brand. If even a quarter of those Google you to see your brand and a quarter of those buy something from your brand, it’s incredible. It has changed my businesses for the better. But there are some negatives. Everyone has an opinion of everything you do, say, wear. It’s hard to to take people’s criticisms and negativity. It’s hard to live under a microscope. We all say shit we don’t mean, jokes that might not be PC. The world is watching and people get offended. You don’t mean to upset anyone, you don’t mean to hurt anyone. Thats the negative. But overall,  my life has changed for the better.

What’s next?

There’s so much on my plate right now. I’m going to expand my swimwear brand. We are going to release Lilly Hair extensions. But the second big thing is a collaboration with my glam squad. It’s a charity where we will go to underprivileged schools and hospitals and glam girls out for prom, graduation or just the day. It should be really rewarding.

To get the scoop from Lilly herself, check out her event on Thursday, March 21 at 5 p.m. at Alene Too in Boca.

{Meet Lilly and check out her line on Thursday.}

Photos from lillyghalichi.blogspot.com and bravotv.com.