February 24, 2017
Anahita Moussavian On Lawyers, Oscar De La Renta, and Real Love
Who: Anahita Moussavian, Deputy Fashion Editor of New York Post, Queen Of The Sparkle, Sweet Heart
Why She’s Foxy: After working as a legal assistant post-college, she decided to leave the law for good and pursue her one true passion: Fashion!
On Her Childhood: “I was an angelic little kid, according to my Mom. Very quiet, very shy — all the good things. I have three sisters. I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. I was super into ballet and tennis and I definitely went through a crazy tomboy phase when I was a teenager and was obsessed with Nike mesh basketball shorts. All I cared about was sports. I was a competitive modern jazz dancer, too. Because my older sisters would drive me to school, they dictated the soundtrack. They loved the Rolling Stones, The Doors, and Simon and Garfunkel. I later transitioned into Nirvana. I was also obsessed with Shakespeare.
On Her Parents: “They met in Tehran, Iran, where my mother is from, and it was love at first sight. My mom was a student and my Dad was in medical school. They married in Iran. My mom wore a long lace sleeve sheath floor length dress with simple white pumps. Her whole look was super '60s. They moved to Cincinnati in the seventies. My father constantly dotes on her. He calls her fifteen times a day to say hello. My mama rules the house. Always has, always will. And by example, she empowered all of her daughters to be independent women. She really drove home the idea that if you were able to deal with your own self and your own shit, you could fully take on and care for anyone else who came along, whether it's a best friend, life partner, or babies. She's a groovy lady, and was always ahead of her time. We’ve traveled a lot and went to a lot of international cities and art museums, but a big family activity is food. My mom makes massive Persian feasts; everything we do is centered around the kitchen while she’s preparing meals.”
On Her Career: “I graduated from NYU and was convinced I was going to be a lawyer. I was applying to law school and working as a legal assistant when I realized it wasn’t for me. I called my mom freaking out from 57th street on a Saturday night at two in the morning, saying: “‘I’m tired of wearing black all day, I can’t do this anymore. I want to throw up my insides. This isn't me.’ She gave me her blessing and told me that if I wanted to quit, she would support me emotionally, but it was all on me to find out what I wanted to do next. I interviewed for a lot of unpaid internships. I worked at US Weekly for three weeks. They hired me after Brad and Jen separated. Then I heard about a position at the Post.”
On Her Dream Day: “Wearing one of the million dresses I own that I never have an opportunity to wear. Maybe my white sequin cocktail dress from Oscar de la Renta, a super minimal white silk slip dress from Narciso Rodriguez, a white lace tea length dress from Marchesa, and a crazy gauzy hi-low number from Rick Owens, drinking endless amounts of champagne with my very best girlfriends.”
On Being In A Relationship: “We met when we were 18 at NYU and started dating when we were 19 (I spent a full year actively pursuing him). We've had a couple breaks. My take on love as someone who has been in a relationship for a long time, is that as much as I love the butterflies in my stomach, I love the shit I have been through with my boyfriend. As you grow up, things get more complex and life throws more challenges at you, and I love that we've been dragged through the mud together. There is no one I can count on or love more or be happier to wake up to every day. They're not designed to be picture-perfect things. We have flaws and disagreements but we are still our own people. Sometimes I feel like I’m part of an old married couple, but the possibility of life without him makes me not able to breathe. Being in love with your best friend is the coolest thing ever. He’s my dude.”
Fave Love Movie: “Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet. It's devastating and cool and I love it aesthetically.”
Fave Love Book: “There isn’t one book standing out as the singular one, but for now, The Velveteen Rabbit. Because as weird as this sounds, the love of my life is a teeny tiny stuffed animal I’ve had since I was five. His name is Jeremy, and he's a white dog with floppy ears. Everytime I look at him, I think of Real love. Real love, in my mind, comes in all shapes, forms and sizes. Once you've been through it with someone, and y'all are tattered and torn but still want to cuddle at the end of the night...your love is Real.”
Fave Love Song: “Ahhh this is so hard. If I had to pick, Hallelujah. Who doesn't want to be the one whose beauty overthrew you?”
Fantasy Wedding: “Beyoncé and Jay-Z's wedding because hello? Dance party music. I would wear something craytown sparkly and over the top, like this hippie white robe that's covered in floor-length strips of silver sequins. Maybe with a floral light-up headpiece.”